COME ON OUT, DADDY by Bernard Wolfe


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This novel is really a series of connected stories which relate the experiences of a New York novelist writing a movie in Hollywood. Gordon Rengs bears lose resemblance to Bernard Wolfe -- he describes himself as a ""serious writer of peripheral books"", and most of the material is written from his viewpoint. For a while it seems that his Hollywood experiences are to be mainly sexual -- there are the usual starlets, call girls, and peculiar fringe types who keep Rengs occupied, since his job of writing ""Charlemagne"", as though Tony Curtis were to play the part, isn't very demanding, even at $2000 a week. There are others who cross his path -- psycho bit player who commits suicide, a sex agenarian veteran writer who epitozes ""making it"" in Hollywood, a Marxist movie star of John Wayne proportions impossible?), the homosexual crowd, et al. Eventually he meets an actress he says he'll marry. She has her problems too and they fit in well with the locale. ome On Out, Daddy is considerably more ""entertaining"" than some of Bernard Wolfe's earlier books, but except for an occasional updating, can much more really be said out ""out there""?

Publisher: Scribners