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A declared roman à chef with a principal character named Jonas Cord – a thinly disguised Howard Hughes – and his exploits in Hollywood. Included are flaming . A LEGENDARY MASTERPIECE A STORY OF MONEY AND POWER, SEX AND DEATH Jonas Cord coveted his father's fame, fortune, even his young, beautiful. The Carpetbaggers (Carpetbaggers, book 1) by Harold Robbins - book cover, description, publication history.
A scarce first printing of the first Spanish edition, made scarcer by the association and inscription. About Near Fine in a Good jacket, clipped, generally rubbed, some chips and closed tears. Red buckram, lightly rubbed at the edges, with black ink lettering and designs on the spine and front board.
Square and firmly bound with a light yellow top stain, toned endpapers, clean otherwise. A classic bibliomystery, one that introduces bookseller-turned-detective Joel Glass to readers. The novel was quickly adapted into a film starring Melvyn Douglas and Florence Rice. One of 26 lettered copies signed by Harrison, this being "O. Black cloth with gilt lettering on the spine, blindstamped lettering on the front board.
Square and firmly bound, a bit of foxing at the edges, misprints on pages 50, 51, and 62 with no text appearing. This book is divided into two sections: "Letters to Yesenin," in which Harrison meditates on suicide, depression, alcoholism, and family while writing to the deceased poet Sergei Yesenin, and Very Good in an about Near Fine jacket, unclipped 10s 6d , lightly rubbed at the edges with a small closed tear at the top edge of the front panel, some age toning at the back panel.
Blue buckram with gilt lettering on the spine.
Square and firmly bound, foxed at the top edge and endpapers, clean otherwise. The first U. Wraps rubbed at the surface and edges, a few shallow creases, price blacked out on the front, a dime-sized stain on the back near Lennon's head.
Square and firmly bound, a bit weak at "Air Talk," gift inscription on the front endpaper, a few instances of blue highlighting on the titles.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. site Edition Verified download. I disagree with the reviewers who opined that this novel is sexist trash.
It was first published in at the dawn of what was then called "The Sexual Revolution.
The social norms of masculinity and femininity were basically the same as they had always been since antiquity, only now public menton of sexuality was no longer taboo, as it had been since the Victorian era.
Having been published in , the book is on the forward edge of the movement to loosen the Victorian taboo against frank discussion of sexuality. It may not be 21st-century political correctness, but is an accurate depiction of common sex-role social norms that existed for vast periods of human history, most likely ever since before civilization developed, up until the metoo movement seems to have significantly changed everything, at least for the time being.
This book is not the work of a man with a complex against women at all. It is true that female characters in this book use their female sexual powers to manipulate males rather than say, discovering a cure for cancer. Even so, one featured female character is a actually an accomplished physician and her intelligence is obvious. Most of the main female characters are, after all, motion picture romantic leads, one of whom rises into stardom from the sordid origins of being an actual prostitute.
While some women in the book view marriage to a husband as the ultimate happily-ever-after end goal of life, more commonly the female characters view it as a form of political opportunism. The book includes a lesbian character and expresses a fairly tolerant view of non-default sexual orientation, considering the year it was written. I won't say the depiction of sexuality is totally honest. It is romanticized and idealized. The men are generally rich, powerful men with good looks, the type of alpha male most women used to deliberately throw themselves at sexually in order to get ahead in the motion picture business or other fields up until the metoo movement upended literally millennia of social norms.
And yes, believe it or not, human beings had sex back in the days of World War I. Otherwise no one would be alive in the 21st century to write politically-correct site reviews calling this book sexist trash, a book that was a major blockbuster bestseller when it came out.
This novel was wildly popular, not solely because it included sex scenes more graphic than had been customary in earlier years, but also because it was better-written stylistically than most of today's bestsellers, had a well-told, gripping story to tell, a well-constructed historical setting the early 20th century , and, despite being a "potboiler," had characterization as round and subtle as actual Literature. Unlike some novels with many characters where you can't tell the characters apart or remember who is who, in this book each of the characters is memorable.
The early life experience of the character Nevada Smith gives the reader a poignant look at Caucasian racism against Native Americans and "half breeds. Titans of industry, Hollywood movie stars, extremely rich, powerful, famous, intelligent, good-looking, sexually-attractive, people, who, if they had existed in real life, would in fact have seemed larger than life to a more average, mundane person.
If this is as some believe a roman a clef about Howard Hughes, then it was modeled on a person who was larger than life. That is what a potboiler was. That is why this book sold millions of copies.
Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins
That is why Robbins books sold million copies total. Most authors are lucky if they sell a few hundred thousand copies total. Stephen King is extremely popular because he can craft authentic characters, depict settings that seem real, write well stylistically, and have a gripping story to tell.
Harold Robbins had all those same qualities, but he wrote potboilers rather than horror fiction. The reason Tolstoy and Doestoevsky are classic literature had a lot to do with their in-depth exploration of many characters' thoughts and behaviors changing over long periods of time in palpable settings and across many pages of text. Harold Robbins does the same thing. Harold Robbins was like a combination of Stephen King and Tolstoy.
Though this is an older book, published in , I had never read it. When I saw that it was available for site, I bought a copy. I had seen the movie versions, and Nevada Smith, one of the characters from the book. It was easy to see that his main character, Jonas Cord was based on Howard Hughes. Cord became a pilot, designed aircraft, got into the movie business, designed a bra for the leading lady.
The Rina Marlowe character was based on Jean Harlow, and was a blonde bombshell who later died young, much the same way Jean Harlow did.
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Each main character had a section in the book where their life story was told. Including Nevada Smith. Of course, the movie versions were nothing like the book.
The book was better, since it went into so much more detail about all the characters. Even though the book version was different, I became interested in his character in the book.
The book was considered quite racy when it was first published, but is tame by today's standards.My grandpa gave me this book before he died.
He is back peddling "Hercules," or, at least, a curiously close resemblance to that overblown film and character with which he started his career as a distributor—and later producer—in McAllister was seated in a chair across from my father.
They spoke of me with a fondness and a pride, as their ancestors had of the children of their patrones. By today's standards it is rel I always know a book is a fun read when I find myself making excuses to read it rather than work on my "Hunny-Do" list. Ian Parker and others identify the character Rina Marlowe with Jean Harlow , whom Howard Hughes had under personal contract for a few years and who many believe had an affair with Hughes; although actual evidence of such an affair is patchy at best, and Harlow often complained about Hughes making a fortune loaning her to other studios and paying her a paltry salary her contract with Hughes was eventually bought out by MGM.
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