Sunday, June 7, 2015

Paperback 889: Teen-Age Stray / Arthur Adlon (Beacon B752X)

Paperback 889: Beacon Signal B752X (PBO, 1964)

Title: Teen-Age Stray
Author: Arthur Adlon
Cover artist: Uncredited

Estimated value: $15-20

Best things about this cover:

  • "She was down to pennies, tears and her bikini…" Is that zeugma? I've been waiting to see zeugma again since I first learned what it was 25 years ago, in my Brit Lit II class, where we were reading Alexander Pope's "Rape of the Lock." And here we are. Zeugma!
  • This whole concept is not "erotic" to me. It's depressing. Except the triumphant, happy ending where she joins the erotic world of lesbianism. I approve of that.
  • … and her calves never got sunburned again.

Best things about this back cover:

  • Texty!
  • Rex. That's a great name! Terridy, however … that's not even a plausible name, let alone a good one.
  • "...a meal, a buck, and a bed…" It honestly didn't occur to me at first that "buck" might simply refer to money.

Page 123~

"Then talk, Rex. I like you better when you talk. You warm me."


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JamiSings said...

Wait, if she's suppose to be blonde why is the cover girl a brunette? I hate it when the cover artists don't actually read the book.

Michael5000 said...

I can't say how happy I am to have been turned on to zeugma. I also love that one of the Wiki examples is from "Have some madiera, M'dear," because I was raised on the Limeliters.