TONY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A CHARMING SCOUNDREL WHO LIVED ON LOVE by Patrick Dennis

TONY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A CHARMING SCOUNDREL WHO LIVED ON LOVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this novel Patrick Dennis again assumes the role of society's pet vivisectionist. Unfortunately this time the operations are done in an atmosphere so cold it is likely to reduce the reader to a state of suspended animation...not thinking, not fascinated...not even caring. It's borderline burlesque and semi-satire with characters that are caricatures and scenes that have been seen and re-seen many times before with more style and much more originality. The ""Charming Scoundrel, "" one J. Antonio Vanderberg is met by the unnamed narrator at The Boarding School . After The usual problems with The typical headmaster and the discovery that Tony is not The rich boy and is instead The social climber they separate to meet again during World War II when Tony is The expatriate and The black market profiteer. They meet later in America and Tony is The chi chi fag and later The television personality and always The con-artist and...and...and... Tony's ""charm"" remains a figment of Mr. Dennis' imagination (unless flattery, name-dropping and sexual prowess fall into that category) and the narrator's role is rationalized as that of a part-time peeping Tom who must occasionally hang around Tony ""to see what happens."" A lot does and that's about it. We'll just put the blame on Mame, boys, and keep our hopes up for the next one.

Pub Date: Jan. 12th, 1965
Publisher: Dutton