Paperback 194: Gold Medal 122 (PBO, 1950)
[For Kathy P]
Title: One Wild Oat
Author: MacKinlay Kantor
Cover artist: Willard Downes
Best things about this cover:
- "I regret that I have but one wild oat to sow for my country."
- I looked up ENNUI in the dictionary and found this picture.
- "Whatsa matter, baby? Don't you like it here in my cave?"
- Neither liquor, nor cigarettes, nor, uh, whatever Native American bauble she's playing with there, could move Louise to give Rock Handsome the time of day.
- This painting went up for auction on-line a couple of years ago
- Don't you love it it when booksellers put price stickers directly onto the covers of vintage paperbacks covered in delicate, easily destroyed Perma-Gloss? I know I do. (Sticker is probably removable - I just never tried, as the Perma-Gloss on the cover is virtually undamaged)
Best things about this back cover:
- "My dear girl" ... "abide" ... was she abducted by a randy English butler?
- I'm guessing that "Middlefield" represents the Middle-class standards of Middle America
- Love how the last paragraph reads almost like a non sequitur. So casual. Like she was contemplating hanging new curtains.
The scent of mulled wine was in her nostrils, the ringing of Prokofiev in her ears, as - shaking, still reluctant - she awarded herself to LeRoy for that sacred moment, and touched her face against his.
I'm sorry, but "nostrils" pretty much sucked the sexy vibe right out of the room.