PLEASE COUNT YOUR CHANGE by Peter Towry

PLEASE COUNT YOUR CHANGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's likely to be small- pennies, or rather centimes, for this is a short and only sometimes skittish account of a young man's summer on the Riviera. James Higginbotham, 19, naive, and poor, is hired by his cousin Celestine to serve as a general handyman in her villa in Cannes where she has assorted pensionnaires. Before too long, he is taken in hand by a well preserved, well tanned older woman (her early thirties) who has temporarily run away from her current husband Max and takes James with her. He is saved from the seduction he rather dreads by Max's arrival, slinks away after overhearing some humiliating remarks, and his pride is restored by Zoe, Cockney common but warmhearted, when his manhood is definitely established...Just about as brief as a bikini, this exposes only occasional points of attraction- and its youthful appeal seems marginal if not minimal.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1962
Publisher: Macmillan