Friday, December 7, 2007

Paperback 52: Popular Library G517

Paperback 52: Popular Library G517 (1st ptg, 1961)

Title: A Race of Rebels
Author: Andrew Tully
Cover artist: Mitchell Hooks

Yours For: $8 (SOLD - 4/18/08)

Best things about this cover:

  • She has the most orgasmic mouth in (non-porn) paperback history; that, or she is singing.
  • Some blurbs are prescient - others ... not so much. "Good as Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms" must surely have been the last think Robert Ruark ever said as a literary critic, or generally credible human being.
  • "A Race of Rebels" - Which race? "You know ... brown folks ... live where it's hot ... always getting riled up and killing people ... that race!"
  • I like how the rebels are basically ornamentation for our giant, white-hot white couple.
Orgasm Mouth: "Honey, we're surrounded by a race of rebels. I'm scared."
Burt Lancaster: "It's OK, we're like giant white gods to them - shut up and kiss me!"
I'm telling you, Nothing on the front or back cover tells you much of anything about where these so-called "rebels" are rebelling. Palm trees suggest the tropics. Maybe Central America. It's like the publishers don't want you to know? I mean ... check out the ambiguity on the back cover copy. It's like Location: Exotic!

  • Again, I have to ask: Where Are We?* It's like the publishers know Americans hate politics and can't find countries on maps anyway. Apparently, all the reader wants to know is: will it be "frank"? (where "frank" = "loin-stirring")
  • "Frank, blunt, toughly tender" = that's what she said

*Answer: Cuba


Orange said...

Now I'm thinking about famous Franks. Seinfeld's Frank Costanza—kinky! Rocky Horror Picture Show's Frank N. Furter—well, sure. Frank Sinatra—I'll pass.

I just asked my husband to name some famous Franks. "Charlemagne!" he said.

Michael5000 said...

I think I like Mr. Orange.