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Smith, Thorne: The Glorious Pool. v1. 25 August 2012
J. Thorne Smith (1892-1934) was the author of “Topper / The Jovial Ghosts,” “Topper Takes a Trip,” “The Night Life of the Gods,” “The Stray Lamb,” “Turnabout,” “The Glorious Pool,” etc.
“The Glorious Pool” was published in 1934.
Public Domain in countries where copyright is Life+70.
Perhaps the best example of Thorne Smith's acutely sharp social humor played out against a backdrop of the Volstead Act (Prohibition). Two unrepentant old reprobates are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the seduction which made the stylish old man named Rex Pebble into an adulterer and his companion, Spray Summers, into his hard-boiled mistress. While their exasperating and highly alcoholic Japanese houseboy, Nokashima, plays ju-jitsu with the English language, the two slip into a swimming pool whose waters have been changed into a fountain of youth. Abandoning their clothes and modesty with their advanced years, the newfound youthfulness of their bodies puts into motion an evening of hijinks that only a seasoned and well-practiced old couple of sinners could manage to imagine.
Rowdy, ribald slapstick comedy, sometimes Politically Incorrect. More of Smith's wonderfully zany Abbott-and-Costello conversations. A fast, fun read.
[A brief interlude at the police station, while Rex Pebble and Spray Summers, with the connivance of a pair of firemen, are taking a hook-and-ladder (fire-truck) for a joy-ride.]
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