HADDOCK McCRADDOCK by Wendy Smith

HADDOCK McCRADDOCK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Haddock McCraddock? There's no more point to the name than to what passes as the plot. Let's just say that friend Haddock is introduced as ""a penniless spoon player"" who also yodels, carves animals, and has six toes on his left foot. He lives with a rich uncle who can't abide his spoon-playing; wants him to marry the very rich, stone deaf Countess Volga of Bulgaria; and, when he refuses (because she is also fat and ugly), drives him from the house. After enough complications for an 18th-century novel (including the advent of an ex-butler tramp as ""home-help""), Haddock is back again at the family seat--bequeathed him by Uncle Jim who has unaccountably married the ugly countess himself and moved to Bulgaria. For all we know, spoon-playing may be as popular in Britain as bell-ringing; but why any of this folderol should appeal to anyone anywhere defies understanding.

Pub Date: March 9th, 1979
Publisher: Doubleday