Mustang Sally

Overview

A novel of sex, gambling, and higher education.
Packard Schmidt is an appealing but seedy timeserver in the English department of a third-rate midwestern college. When his semester teaching the dismally undermotivated is done, Pack dashes off to Vegas—his favorite place on earth. There he runs into an ex-student-turned-call-girl, and his world falls apart. Author Edward Allen is an avid fan of game shows and ...

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Overview

A novel of sex, gambling, and higher education.
Packard Schmidt is an appealing but seedy timeserver in the English department of a third-rate midwestern college. When his semester teaching the dismally undermotivated is done, Pack dashes off to Vegas—his favorite place on earth. There he runs into an ex-student-turned-call-girl, and his world falls apart. Author Edward Allen is an avid fan of game shows and casinos and the author of Straight Through the Night.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A sexual scandal that unseats a college professor is the focus of this occasionally titillating but mostly unappetizing satire. Recently divorced, English professor Packard Pack Schmidt frequents strip joints near the campus of Amherst College in Indiana ``. . . a bullshit university that doesn't even know what state it's supposed to be in . . .'', gazes longingly at the pert sorority girls who crowd his easy-A composition class and flies to Las Vegas now and then on gambling junkets. On one trip, he responds to the request of a troubled father and searches for one of his former students, the voluptuous Sally Iverson, who transferred to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, then disappeared. Sally turns up at a bordello called the Mustang Valley Inn, where Pack predictably lives out his fantasy by bedding her for a fee. Discovery of the affair leads the sad-sack professor to resign his job in shame, and an over-the-top denouement displays the narrator's mordant disdain for the culture of political correctness. Allen Straight Through the Night has a knack for precise description, but the resulting flood of details slows the book's unlikely plot. Nov.
Library Journal
This first-person narrative of seemingly second-rate professor Packard Schmidt has a meaty if not always believable plot and a matter-of-fact tone, which is the strength of this author's second novel his first was Straight Through the Night , Soho Pr., 1990. ``Pack'' is in Las Vegas for his annual trip to let down his hair and to check on his friend's daughter, Sally, who is working there. Pack finds out that she is indeed a ``working girl'' and falls for her charms. When Sally's father finds out, all hell breaks loose, and Packard Schmidt's life will never again be the same. Allen's juxtaposition of the seedy Las Vegas life with the stuffy world of academia is an original and interesting device that makes for humorous and often fast-paced, engrossing reading. This well-written novel would make a great movie. Recommended.-- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal.
George Stade
"Very funny and regretably accurate...Amherst University of Indiana is nowhere in fact, but all over the place in tendancy." -- New York Times Book Review
Thomas Mallory
"All Allen's writings have a sort of boyant sadness -- or, if you want to turn it around, a wisk for myrth. And if you want to put it with the simplicity no MLA critic would permit himself: there is no other writer quite like Edward Allen." -- G.Q.
Joseph Coates
"The scene in which Pack is pressured to resign is right out of Millan Condero's The Joke...and just as nasty-funny....Allen is unparralled in described the details of the destruction in progress." -- Chicago Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393311563
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/1994
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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