Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Paperback 551: God's Little Acre / Erskine Caldwell (Great Pan G148)

Paperback 551: Great Pan G148 (1st thus, 1958)

Title: God's Little Acre
Author: Erskine Caldwell
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $23
Best things about this cover:
  • The Professor and Ginger never did see eye to eye.
  • It's like they're having a clenchedmouth-off and she's winning—though it looks like the judge in the background there is about to call "illegal use of boobs." We'll see...
  • Zeke likes to watch.
  • I think she was overcome by Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" and had to be shaken out of her rockin' reverie before she tore up all the hay bales.
  • Zeke, on the other hand, is immune to Bon Jovi's charms.
  • Movie tie-in! 

Best things about this back cover:
  • Wow, they sure picked a dramatic scene for this back cover. And by "dramatic" I mean "one that showcases Tina Louise's tits to the fullest."
  • Chivalry isn't dead, it's just horribly, horribly mutated.
  • "Gusty vitality"??? Did they mean "gutsy"? Did they conflate "gutsy" and "gusto." "You know, the vitality of his writing ... it's got a ... windlike quality to it ..."
Page 123~
Ty Ty put one foot inside the room and leaned against the door-frame. He watched her roll and unroll her stockings and hang them over the back of the chair. She got up quickly and stood at the foot of the bed.
I *knew* creepy, overt, unwelcome voyeurism was going to figure prominently in this book. The cover artist did his job well.


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Anonymous said...

Ah, shovel fights. The back cover brings to mind simpler times, simpler places, simpler people. Ok, simpletons, but that's besides the point, let's just stick with simpler. None of this knives/pistols/swords crap, just shovels at 1 pace. There's little skill involved, few tactics. Just beat the other guy to a pulp with your shovel.

This being said, couldn't they have gotten a consultant for the movie? A real hick? Because the one tactic in shovel fights is that if your opponent is lunging at your junk with the pointy end of the shovel you cover up, you don't go for the back hand reverse slam with your shovel. The way he's playing it, Ty Ty's boys are going bye bye.

Brian Busby said...

What is Ginger doing in Mary Ann's dress?

R. McGeddon said...

On a slightly more serious note, it seems that this book was the focus of an important legal battle between Caldwell and the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, an organization that had a picture of a book-burning on its seal. The Society had Caldwell arrested and tried for obscenity. Caldwell won.

The issue that a semi-private outfit can have a private citizen arrested just because it disapproves of what he does is starting to become current again, with things like the anti-piracy laws being pushed by the record and film industries.