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A hilarious romp, The Old Limey is a howlingly satirical view of the foibles of society (both British and American) at the turn of the 21st century. The protagonist is one General Nigel Haversham (are you thinking cobwebs too?), a hard-drinking, well-heeled (wot else?) British Army retiree, whose anachronistic worldview comes under siege in the modern-day New World (um, that would be California).
Commissioned by the secret love of his life, Lady Pandora Williamson, the general heads for the West Coast to retrieve her daughter, Alexandra, from an inappropriate suitor -- her slacker boyfriend, Stalker. Regarding Stalker as his mortal enemy, the general arrives in the Golden State hoping to track him to his treasure. But Stalker proves to be an elusive target, and the general, stunned by culture shock in the land of buffed bodies and sunshine, is forced to develop new survival skills. To further his end, he enlists two "California girls" in need of capital to launch their image consulting business for pampered athletes. With hysterical results, Penelope and April teach the general to lighten up and loosen his preconceptions. Good advice, that -- but even better advice is to read The Old Limey. As for us, we haven't stopped laughing yet. (Winter 2001 Selection)