He might more accurately have written, “Candy satryizes American culture.”
BOMC says the novel is “a lusty romp” — I’ll accept it’s lusty — “centered around the impossibly sweet Candy Christian.”
Candy, a luscious university sophomore, is every parent’s definition of impossible, but she’s not sweet. She’s just dumb.“Good grief” is Candy’s favorite line, which shows her intellectual and emotional range.
Candy spends her days Thinking Deep Thoughts about How Best to Serve Mankind and usually ends up merely servicing men.
She isn’t particularly choosy about the men.
Southern ran into problems finishing the story, so he called in Mason Hoffenberg to help. Together they managed to get the thing stopped, but the damage was already done.
The fact that my regional library system had culled all its copies of the 1964 bestseller is indicative of how little merit the novel had.
I rarely throw out a book, but Candy is going in the trash. It isn’t worth the 99¢ I paid for it.Candy By Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg Book-of-the-Month Club edition, 1994 224 pages 1964 bestseller #2
© 2014 Linda Gorton Aragoni