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Valley of the Dolls: A Novel (urspr publ 1966; utgåvan 1997)

av Jacqueline Susann

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Three women seek escape as they learn about the bitterness, corruption, and falsehoods of the show-business world.
Medlem:SaraFist
Titel:Valley of the Dolls: A Novel
Författare:Jacqueline Susann
Info:Grove Press (1997), Paperback
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:jacqueline susann, trash, light reading, trade paperback, 20th century, powells

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Of course it is a book about trashy people, but they are people, and Ms. Susann gives us a deep look. I don't like these people much. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 9, 2019 |
Rating this one three stars for being depressing and dated. Julie Burchill calls this a feminist book in her introduction, but I think she might be reading the novel through nostalgia-tinted glasses - of the three women, only Neely comes close to independence, and she's a bitch who still needs a man to stay sane. Anne is a dishrag and Jennifer, poor Jennifer, actually sacrifices her life for her fiance's Freudian fetish.

I actually only wanted to read this book because of Jennifer, or the actress who played her in the 1967 film adaptation, Sharon Tate. I don't know if Jacqueline Susann based the character on the actress, but the similarities - bar Jennifer's greatest attributes - are both spooky and tragic: 'But it was her face that held Anne's attention, a face so naturally beautiful that it came as a startling contrast to the theatrical beauty of her hair and figure. ... A face that glowed with genuine interest in each person who demanded attention, rewarding each with a warm smile.' A gorgeous woman with a heart of gold and no ego? Sharon Tate to a 'T'. I wanted to read the novel before watching the film, but wish I hadn't gone for the element of authenticity!

This book should basically have self-destructed with the advent of women's lib. Three women, a New England prude, a bad actress with a hot body and a teenage singer who mutates into a star, become friends in 1940s New York, and their lives and loves stay intertwined, for good and bad, into the 60s. Anne drops a millionaire for a slimy commitment-phobe, Jennifer marries a crooner with a mental age of ten but stays sweet with the aid of her little red 'dolls', or Seconals, and Neely turns into a monster who claws her way to the top but almost kills herself in the process. Apart from straight-talking Jen, and even sells out for a husband and a baby, none of the women are remotely likeable. I wanted to shake them all.

A great insight into 1950s New York, especially the theatre scene and then later television, and just about readable, but OH MY GOD. I hope women have more dignity now, but if they don't, I'd rather not read about them. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Oct 5, 2019 |
Despite being a classic had I before I got asked if I wanted to participate in the blog tour never read nor seen the movie version of Valley of the Dolls. But, since I'm a daring person when it comes to books did I not hesitate to read it, despite not knowing much about the book. I do not know how big a hit the book was in Sweden when it was published, but I have never really heard that much about the book, could be because I was not born when it was published. So, it was interesting to read a book that so many people seem to like and that seemed to have been an inspiration source for other female writers.

And, the book turned out to be quite good, in the kind of depressing way when you read something that you know will not end on a happy note. And, I was right. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, they all reach success in their own way, but that doesn't mean that their life will be happy and unhappiness in love, addiction to pills and illness mark their lives. I would say that this book written 50 years ago and taking place over 20 years from the middle of the 40s could just as well has been written today. Not, much has changed in the world and the struggle to get to the top is still a dangerous climb. I mean how many celebrities have not died because of drugs in the last couple of years?

Of all the characters in the book was it Neely that I had the most problems with. Right from the start did I feel that she was annoying and towards the end of the book I really hated her. I really mean that I almost had a throw the book away moment because of her. I get angry just thinking about her while writing the review. Jennifer, I feel sorry for, she is so beautiful, but her mother controlled her life and not even her beauty could make her really happy, or rather her beauty would be the end for her since that was all people saw. And then we have Anne, who only wanted real love, and in the end, she got love, but at a cost.

It's a very tragic book and I do not know if it's a book I would like to read again, but and I'm glad I read the book. Valley of the Dolls is well-written and interesting and it feels timeless.

Thanks to Virago for providing me with a free copy for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Chick lit of the 60s. Maybe not the best prose I have ever encountered and somewhat predictable but easy to read and highly engaging. However, what I find most fascinating about this book is a depiction of societal attitudes and changes in social norms that were going on at that time (sexism, female roles in society, measures of success, mental illness etc.). That's what Funny Girl by Nick Hornby tried to do but failed miserably. Despite being a better written book language/character-wise the sixties setting felt contrived. I guess that's why it's hard to find a good historical fiction book: even a low quality piece written at the time described would almost always be better at relaying the feel of an era. ( )
  Firewild | Jan 3, 2019 |
This book is like cotton candy covered in glitter, fabulous and unappetizing. The women are so attractive, and the men are so rich, and every single one of them is a miserable bastard. But damn me if their descent into misery isn't the most entertaining thing ever. I would read parts out to my boyfriend and he would be like, "Haha, seriously... what just happened? Did that just happen?" This book is like, the most scathing critique of sexism that has absolutely no idea that it is a scathing critique of sexism.

The movie is TERRIBLE, btw. Maybe I'll watch some Mad Men instead... and yeah the first 100 or so pages seem pretty boring but you gotta get past that, man. I mean, you don't just stop watching Alien just before the chestburster scene, right?

And I leave you with Charlene's "Never Been To Me"

Hey lady, you, lady, cursin' at your life
You're a discontented mother and a regimented wife
I've no doubt you dream about the things you never do
But I wish someone had a talk to me like I wanna talk to you
Ooh I've been to Georgia and California, oh, anywhere I could run
Took the hand of a preacherman and we made love in the sun
But I ran out of places and friendly faces because I had to be free

I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me

Please lady, please, lady, don't just walk away
'Cause I have this need to tell you why I'm all alone today
I can see so much of me still living in your eyes
Won't you share a part of a weary heart that has lived a million lies
Oh I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece
Where I sipped champagne on a yacht
I moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo and showed 'em what I've got
I've been undressed by kings and I've seen some things
That a woman ain't s'posed to see

I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me

Hey, you know what paradise is? It's a lie
A fantasy we create about people and places as we'd like them to be
But you know what truth is?
It's that little baby you're holding, and it's that man you fought with this morning
The same one you're going to make love with tonight. That's truth, that's love

Sometimes I've been to cryin' for unborn children
That might have made me complete
But I, I took the sweet life and never knew I'd be bitter from the sweet
I spent my life exploring the subtle whoring that cost too much to be free

Hey lady, I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me

I've been to paradise - never been to me
(I've been to Georgia and California, and anywhere I could run)
I've been to paradise - never been to me
(I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece
While I sipped champagne on a yacht)
I've been to paradise - never been to me
(I've been to cryin' for unborn children )
(Fade)
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  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
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Valley of the Dolls is a zipper-ripper that has been called trashy, tawdry, glitzy, lusty, sordid and seamy — and that's just the beginning of its appeal.
 

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