I have decided that life is too short to continue reading this book. There is plenty of action, but it is dated and poorly edited. An example: 'Her eyes stared coldly up at me. Robbins' Carpetbagger is a Howard Hughes type, an aviation tycoon and business whizkid who decides to get involved with Hollywood, as well. The story moves through the early twentieth century and The Carpetbaggers.
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I have decided that life is too short to continue reading this book. There is plenty of action, but it is dated and poorly edited. An example: 'Her eyes stared coldly up at me. Robbins' Carpetbagger is a Howard Hughes type, an aviation tycoon and business whizkid who decides to get involved with Hollywood, as well.
The story moves through the early twentieth century and The Carpetbaggers. Harold Robbins. When his father died, Jonas swore to possess them all. But Rina Marlow was the celebrated screen goddess no man could master. Her sizzling sensuality might inflame and enthrall millions, but her personal boudoir was no Hollywood fantasy.
She consumed her lovers on the fiery rack of her burning desires. Rina and Jonas took Hollywood, the airplane industry, America itself by storm. From New York to LA they brawled, lusted, and carved out an empire, blazoned in banner headlines and their enemies' blood--only to learn that money and power, revenge and renown were not enough.
Too much would never be enough--not for Jonas Cord and the relentless Rina Marlowe. The higher they soared, the more their ambition demanded. The Carpetbaggers American classic.
Guy Gone Wild
It would be a nice irony if the "Onassis of supermarket literature", the novelist who dominated the bestseller lists for two decades with his tales of money, celebrity and sex, had been a frugal, church-going semi-recluse whose favourite author was Jane Austen. Disappointingly, though, Harold Robbins's life was as garishly excessive as those of his characters. When Hemingway once asked him what his literary ambitions were, he replied "wealth". It was the one true thing he ever said. If fiction came naturally to Robbins he regularly churned out 30 to 40 pages a day , that's because he was an accomplished liar, someone who continually rewrote and sensationalised his past. He told everyone that he was born to unknown parents and abandoned on the steps of a Catholic orphanage, where he spent his first 11 years. In reality, he was the oldest of four children in an aspirational middle-class Jewish family with the surname Rubin - his mother died after giving birth to him, and his father remarried, but that was as tough as his childhood got.
The pleasure principle
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The Carpetbaggers is a bestselling novel by Harold Robbins , which was adapted into a film of the same title. The prequel Nevada Smith was also based on a character in the novel. The term " carpetbagger " refers to an outsider relocating to exploit locals. In Robbins' novel, the exploited territory is the movie industry, and the newcomer is a wealthy heir to an industrial fortune who, like Howard Hughes , simultaneously pursued aviation and moviemaking avocations.