Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls Dolls red or black capsules or tablets washed down with vodka or swallowed straight for Anne Neely and Jennifer it doesn t matter as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach These three women

  • Title: Valley of the Dolls
  • Author: Jacqueline Susann
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dolls red or black capsules or tablets washed down with vodka or swallowed straight for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there is no place left toDolls red or black capsules or tablets washed down with vodka or swallowed straight for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there is no place left to go but down into the Valley of the Dolls.

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    1. If you haven't read this book, I suggest you quit dicking around on the internet and do absolutely whatever it takes to snag yourself a copy this instant. Granted it's probably not for everyone, but I gotta tell you, this is seriously among THE MOST VASTLY ENTERTAINING books I have ever read in my life.Imagine you are lying in a silk-sheeted waterbed next to a vast swimming pool, smoking a ridiculously long cigarette, wearing an Italian bikini and extremely large, expensive hat, and you've just [...]

    2. I bought a copy for 10p at the Oxfam shop. I returned to my space age bachelor pad, switched on my lava lamp, reclined on my La-Z-Boy (late 1970s Magic Fingers model), mixed a bright puce cocktail made out of three parts flamingos and ten parts vermouth with amusing parasols stuffed in the tall tall glass, then I threw on that cd where some genius put modern beats to Gregorian chants, and with my ultramarine-dyed and topiaried poodle named Gregoire gazing raptly up at me I read up to page 100 an [...]

    3. Or How To Write An American ClassicThis is going to sound crazy, but hear me out: The Valley of the Dolls is totally like The Great Gatsby.One is a culturally-important, best-selling, drug-fueled, homoerotic classic with several unfortunate movie adaptations; the other is well, a culturally-important, best-selling, drug-fueled, homoerotic classic with this gem in it: "Give me back my hair, you little bitch," Helen yelled. "It cost me three hundred bucks!" "Hey--what the hell are you doing?" Hele [...]

    4. Some novels have baggage. Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann's 1966 bestseller, arrived like a Lear jet rolling into Aspen and unloading a cargo hold full of contraband. This rags to riches tale chronicling the show business rise and fall of three women features nightlife, penthouses, virgins, abortion, drug overdoses, a fight in the ladies' room and the search for love, all doled out in the most mundane language possible. Contrary to my expectations, I ate it up.Unfolding over twenty years [...]

    5. Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestYou might know me as Nenia Campbell, but my full title is Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention, Lady of Take Your Misogyny and F*ck It. So obviously when the blurb for this book advertises VALLEY OF THE DOLLS as an "addictively entertaining trash classic," you know I just have to read it.For several days, the adventures of Neely, Anne, and Jenni [...]

    6. The dude who checks books out to me at my library gave an arched eyebrow and a curled lip at me when I checked this masterpiece out. I promptly flipped the book over with a satisfying *whomp* and pointed out: "Uh, it's put out by Grove Press, ever heard of them?!"Sheesh, the philistines I have to deal with daily! Just makes ya need somethin' to relax with: say, a handful of benzodiazepines, a mug of ice cream and The Captain, the latest issue of The Baffler, and some Esquivel on the Hi-Fi.Ahh, t [...]

    7. A trashy treasure of a chick lit novel.I'm so guilty For three things.1. I liked how melodramatic this horrible written novel was. 2. I could feel my brain cells dwindling as I read it.3. I stayed up for nights reading this book.ErrrrI'm very embarrassed but I'll give this a five, for enjoying it 100% percent , all the way to the sleazy cliche oversexed men to the dull cliche girls. I like it! Not for the literary stand -point of the novel because we all know there isn't any in this book. Just f [...]

    8. 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 b [...]

    9. ZzzzzzzzzzValley of the Dulls is more like it. One hundred pages was all I could stand of endless cheesy dialogue between a bunch of sleazy people with no personalities. Watch the movie instead. At least it's bad enough to be entertaining.

    10. This classic tells of the darker side of the entertainment lifestyle and still carries a positive note throughout. Definitely an amazing book. :)

    11. This book is BAD! Which is why I love it so much. Susann had no idea how to write a book. Susann's shallowness and immaturity (you get the impression a 14-year-old wrote this) is rampant throughout the book. No one has real feelings. People get married as business contracts. All men cheat; women never do. Blonds are icy and cold. Brunettes are smart and nurturing, and only women with glossy blue-black hair are sexy and passionate (Susann's hair was black). Her pacing in the book is just wacky. O [...]

    12. What an amazing book - I couldn't put it down. I had always envisaged this as old-school chick lit (and had avoided it until Virago released their delightful 30th Anniversary covers and I had to buy it for that) but it really isn't - it is a scathing attack on how women are used and abused by the entertainment media and spat right back out again while men are revered and protected. It is certainly bleak but the way the book is written with such clinical passion (yes I know - an oxymoron but apt) [...]

    13. I read this in high school goodness knows why. I didn't particularly enjoy it, though it does keep moving along and kind of holds you in town hoping that eventually things will go right for the characters or that they will have some insight into their lives and take a little responsibility or face up and change eventually but it never happens. This has got to be one of the most depressing books I've ever read. Unfortunately I can't even really say it presents women in a bad light or unfairly, be [...]

    14. Starting this book was like going to the opening of a new nightclub.Everything is glitzy and glamorous, everyone is happy and smiling, there is a VERY attractive barman helping you to the most delicious drinks all night. Your new red stilettos get loads of complements and you dance the night away with energy to spare.Finishing this book was like seeing this same nightclub the next morning. The air is stale and smells slightly of vomit, the tables are sticky with spilled drinks, the carpet is ful [...]

    15. Back cover proclaimed that it was brilliant. Was in fact rubbish. Lyon Burke is basically a cardboard cutout, yet apparently everyone's in love with him. What. The narrative is bad enough to be bad, but not bad enough to be funny. You spend pretty much the first half of the book wondering when something actually interesting is going to happen, and then when it does, you've lost any and all interest in the people that things are happening to. The only character I liked was Helen. On and on and on [...]

    16. I declare this book extremely 1000% Ridiculous & problematic.Is this book readable? Yes if you can ignore all the shitty characters, the shitty plot, and the shitty ending. All the characters act like they’re 12 year olds on crack, they all whined and complained about everything, throwing tantrums when they don’t get what they want, the women think they can only be happy when they’re married and have a man supporting them or when they’re thin, young, and famous. The men only care for [...]

    17. Oh, Geez. I don't even know what to say about this one. It was like watching an extra juicy episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. It doesn't give you a lot of reasons to like it and yet you can't look away. The melodrama was real.Also, I wanna give a quick FU to all the Lyon Burkes out there in real life.

    18. Susann knows how to sink her claws into the reader. Just when things seem to get better for our women and the future shines bright in the distance, something happens and the tunnel closes. Then some turn of events gets you believing again, and the roller coaster starts again and again and again The circle of life turns into a circle of dolls and resentment.Valley of the Dolls isn't a mushy romance that sinks into an abyss of paper-tasting plastic characters, who seem to melt under a tighter scru [...]

    19. Reading Valley of the Dolls is akin to eating a pint of your favorite ice cream, in that it's wonderful and delicious down to the last bit, but it can come with a bit of a hangover if you start to think about what you just did.This is the story of Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, and their struggles to survive as women - women who want love, careers, a comfortable standard of living, etc mostly in New York, but also in LA, and primarily in the stage and film businesses. It's gossipy, brutal, and funny [...]

    20. Well. I have conflicting opinions about this book. First, and most obviously, this was almost entirely meant to be a mental vacation after the insanity of planning and executing a wedding in 6 months. In that capacity, "The Valley of the Dolls" shone brilliantly. I was highly entertained by the book and the easy trashiness was somehow comforting, as it always is. But I couldn't help actually reading the book whilst I was busy regaining balance in my chi or whatever. It's an irritating habit of m [...]

    21. I am the same age as this book. So I thought it was time to read it. My husband wasn't to sure about me reading it but I loved it. wish I had read it sooner.The book starts in september 1945 with Anne moving from her home town to New York. She gets a job very quickly and because of her looks a man. However she is very independent and dosn't want to be married and tied down. Anne is lovely and gentle and kind and through out the whole book that dosn't change.Neely is young and crazy with a lovely [...]

    22. Enter endless debauchery! I can see why people put up such a stink about Valley Of The Dolls when it was published. The book makes me happy to not have fame.As an example of roman à clef, friends close to the author suspected that Susann wrote this book based her own experience, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Carol Landis, JFK, Monroe, Dean Martin etc. You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried. If you look up the real biographies, there are many parallels to the book. Hollywood was and still se [...]

    23. I've read this book at least three times. I must have read it at a very impressionable age (the first time), because it has burned itself in my memory. I love it; and every other time I've read it, it's been a guilty pleasure for me - just like reading US Weekly or InTouch magazine. Its a wondrous piece of thinly veiled fiction, chronicling the glamorous lives of three up-and-coming New York/Hollywood ladies. "Sparkle, Neely! Sparkle!" Jacqueline Susann is my heroine.

    24. This review will have some serious spoilers, so this is your warning.This book was a trashy glorious book. It does not hold back on the punches.I wouldn't call it sexy, but I will call it tragic.Jennifer:Neely:Anne:Helen:Watching the downward spiral of Neely and Jennifer (view spoiler)[Anne didn't have a downward spiral, other than dating a lot of entitled assholes and taking downers when her husband was cheating on her with Neely. My thoughts on that will come later. (hide spoiler)] was really [...]

    25. Goodness, this is a DEPRESSING book. Just gah.But it's great. I mean, the writing is sharp and easy to read, but not overly simplistic. It did bother me that there were so many slurs-- I spent half the thing cringing-- but I guess it's authentic for the time period and the way the characters would have spoken. I feel like this is more complex than a lot of novels, because it really does go into the inner lives of the three leads, and they really are all shades of grey-- with Jennifer probably be [...]

    26. So, I finally got around to reading this one (I got it out of the library) and I must admit the book was slightly better than the movie (which I also borrowed from the library). However, when I found this poem based on the movie, I thought it pretty much summed up all my thoughts on both the book and the movie. Plus, I don't think I could of said it better myself:“Things to Do in Valley of the Dolls (The Movie)” by David TrinidadMove to New York. Lose your virginity. Become a star. Send mone [...]

    27. This book was downright heartbreaking. It was frustrating, sad, and read like a Lifetime movie but had a plot I found myself incredibly invested in. After I finished I just stared into space for a little while. Too bad we can't punch fictional characters in the face.

    28. This was a compelling story about a bunch of terrible people who would have had nicer lives if they had, like, four direct conversations with each other over the course of 20 years.

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