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A college sophomore spends a weekend with a pretty 14-year-old black prostitute under the manly misapprehension that she has invited him because she finds him irrresistable. Outraged when her guest resists payment, Kitten steals her rightful $100 fee, and the hijinks begins. Includes an all new introduction from the author.
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In the late 1950's, you couldn't even curse in a novel. You had to dance around sex, and you certainly couldn't portray race relations in an honest light. How in the world was a realistic story ever told? Along comes Robert Gover, an American whose novel was exiled to Europe by the puritan values that would soon tumble. One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding makes cartoon characters out of the stereotypes that dominated the races by sneaking them under the cultural radar in the bodies of a young black prostitute and a rich white college kid. This oil and water relationship has more in common than one might think. Before this quick and engaging read is over, the genius becomes the fool, the chicken becomes the fox, and the reader just might question his/her own assumptions.From the Author:
In my early years—probably way before you were born, dear reader—I was fascinated by the powerful taboo against miscegenation, "race mixing," as it was called then. As a child, my mother had passed on a hush-hush family secret: I was part Indian. I look Irish. During my twenties as I struggled to become a novelist, the subject of racism haunted me. How might it be handled in a new novel? I chanced upon a hint while watching Boris and Natasha on the Bullwinkle TV cartoon show. Could it work to use such cartoonish exaggerations in a novel? At that time, newspaper headlines screamed Red Menace, racism poisoned the social atmosphere, John Steinbeck got only a paragraph in Encyclopedia Britanica while Ernest Hemingway got a full page, Henry Miller was deemed a pornographer, and Gore Vidal was dismissed as a homosexual. Novels dealing with race, sex, politics or money were considered "in bad taste." My urge was to kick these cultural "forbiddens" in the knees, which is why I found Boris and Natasha so refreshing. Cartoon characters can be "off the reservation" in ways that realistic depictions cannot be. ...
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