Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Paperback 728: Duel in the Sun / Niven Busch (Popular Library 102)

Paperback 728: Popular Library 102 (1st ptg, 1946)

Title: Duel in the Sun
Author: Niven Busch
Cover artist: photo cover (mostly)

Yours for: $12

Best things about this cover:
  • Jennifer Jones manages to make armpit-sniffing look pretty sexy.
  • Joseph Cotten does not look "lusty." He looks "lank" and "weird." (Upon further review, that looks more like Peck than Cotten)
  • This hybrid photo/graphic cover is strange, though it does convey "sun-drenched" pretty well.
  • I believe this was a controversial film in terms of its tawdriness. Ah, here we go—per wikipedia: "The film received poor reviews, however, and was highly controversial due to its sexual content and to Selznick's real-life relationship with Jones, which broke up both of their marriages."

Best things about this back cover:
  • Just … nothing. 
  • Wait, I take that back. "Lewt McCanles" is a pretty great/awful name.
  • Also, that's pretty high praise from Cain. 
Page 123~
They rode for a couple of hours after dark and when they camped Coz wouldn't let Lewt light a fire. They were uncomfortable that night—thirsty and sore, and Lewt felt sick and couldn't eat the jerky Coz had brought along. 

I'm sure there is some very thick sexual tension here — if only I could understand all this coded language.


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Dave M said...

Just... ification fail.

Jean said...

Lewt? LEWT?

Rick said...

Pretty sure that's Gregory Peck, not Joseph Cotton. While the cowpoke's (he he) face is obscured, the lankiness of the physique looks more like Peck's...

John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur said...

Almost makes me wish I had one more kid, so I could name him Lewt.

You dont' see a lot of Lewts anymore.

Dave M said...

"She turned me into a Lewt!"