Thursday, May 27, 2010

Paperback 318: A New Kind of Love / Henry Williams (Dell 6329)

Paperback 318: Dell 6329 (PBO, 1963)

Title: A New Kind of Love
Author: Henry Williams
Cover artist: photo cover

Yours for: $9

Best things about this cover:
  • This photo does not say "sizzling." It says "awkward last kiss before I plummet to my death."
  • If you invert the book, Woodward's position makes sense. That is also the only way Newman's pose makes sense. Which raises the question — why is it upside-down? I'm sure it's a metaphor, but I can't see how making them look like acrobats/monkeys helped move any more books.
  • Nice gams.

Best things about this back cover:
  • "Samantha soon realized that something was missing. Like, for instance, a man." — sounds like "The Old Kind of Love" to me.
  • If she was a career girl, then she was already a "new woman." She's Becoming Eye Candy, which I'm all for, but it's not new.
  • Sadly, the photos are not, as advertised, "provocative." Although this one ... has potential. She looks like something out of a gay space-age western:

Page 123~

"Isn't it charming?" Felicienne said. "It's so large, it's gone beyond bad taste and come out on the other side, chic, elegant, bizarre."

You'll be happy to know she's talking about a diamond.


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Elaine said...

This movie should have been named "The Long, Long Cigarette." I thought I'd seen every Paul Newman flick, but apparently the gods spared me...til now.

Anonymous said...

You have missed nothing. It's absolutely horrible, a low point in both careers. Strikingly unfunny, and her "makeover" makes her look like a 55-year-old French whore. Shudder.


Retro Hound said...

The new kind of love is falling while kissing? I think that's best left to the young.