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A nice book by Goldman about obsessions, including anorexia. When Goldman wrote this book, mental conditions such as anorexia and monomania were only just being documented, and it's very nice to see how respectfully he treats the issues, and how deeply he seems to understand them. The plot itself is forgettable, but it's got, well, skiing lesbians.
There's no depth to this insider Hollywood tale, but Goldman plays in the shallow end of the literary pool with the glee and intensity of a delirious child.
Es gibt etliche Hollywood-Romane über die Umstände unter denen ein mit großen Absichten und den besten Absichten unternommenes Filmprojekt zuletzt doch in der üblichen Routine versinkt und etliche gebrochene Existenzen zurück lässt. Die Verfasser sind zumeist Romanciers, die des Geldes wegen in Tinseltown angeheuert haben und als Script-Doktoren oder auch als Feuerwehrmänner in so manches Fiasko geraten sind.Irwin Shaws »Zwei Wochen in einer anderen Stadt« ist für mich das beste Buch dieser Gatt...
After reading The Princess Bride and The Silent Gondoliers, I certainly wasn't expecting a Goldman book to have such an abundance of adult scenes. Each character treated these moments with a decent amount of indifference, and it just kind of gave off that feeling of being in a cheap motel. I can't say that it didn't suit the characters, they were all morally ambiguous, but it set the tone for one self-centered character after another just using everyone around them to get what they want. I think...
I read this several times when I was young. When I saw a copy sitting on someone's shelf, I thought, "What the hell". Often when you re-read something, it isn't quite the way you remember it. This actually(though somewhat dated) stands up. The reason I remember this book so well was the character Ginger who suffers from anorexia. At the time there was someone in my school who was suffering from this disease and this book shed some light on something that was rare at the time.
I read my first William Goldman book when I was twenty one and haven’t read any in many years since reading the early novels that I loved by him. Tinsel obviously grew out of his Hollywood years as a notable screenwriter. Boy, the guy could write an entertaining story and this book did not disappoint.
Entertaining, but definitely in a cheap way.
Strong intro, and I really like most of the chapter about "Ginger", but the ending is a bit botched up in my opinion. But what I regard as not very innovative may have been just that in 1979.
Read in 1980. Famed screenwriter delves into the underbelly of Hollywood.
I found this riveting from the moment I read the first page while standing in the grocery store, looking at the Kiwanis book bin. Filled with sex and desperation, it sure sounds like Hollywood of the late 1960's might have been. The lead characters are either wounded people or horrible people, and it has left me thinking about how many people's lives have been actually destroyed in the pursuit of that one thing - the great book, the great role, the great film.The women in this novel are tragic b...
A truly cinematic book about Hollywood. It should have been made into a movie, but perhaps it was too brutal and revealing. The characters are extreme, as suspecten from the film industry, and each of the life stories deeply interesting. I simply love Goldman's way of writing, I should read more of his!
Goldman at his worst is still pretty charming, but this is intentionally vapid. Knowing that doesn't make this any more enjoyable, sadly.
So good! I liked it more than I thought I would. Characters are engrossing and entertaining. Would make a great movie.
This is like, the trashiest trashy novel that ever trashed. Toootally sucked me in and would have been four stars except for the ending.
I remember hating this one.
Inside Hollywood, kind of reminded me of vaguely of Mulholland Drive. Good characters, not much else. But hey, people are hooking up. That's good, right?
This was a very light read for me. I had fun reading it; was sort of like watching a daytime soap-opera.