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Dolores Paperback – 1 Aug 1977


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Dolores? Jackie is more like it! 30 Mar 2000
By Steven E Barrett Jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having read Valley and Once is not enough, this is somewhat of a departure from Susann's most famous style. Chronicling the life of Dolores Ryan, widow of Jimmy Ryan, Assasinated President, this is a touching and highly emotional look into the feeling of lonliness after someone whom you love is taken from you. Dolores was used to a certain lifestyle, and after Jimmy's death, she did everything she could to maintain the lifestyle and image of elegance and grace that she had worked so hard to achieve. She finds out, however, that getting exactly what you want isn't all it's craked up to be. All in all, a very good and entertaining book!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Only For The Hardcore Jacqueline Susann Faithful 17 Oct 2006
By W. Woloson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the only novel of Miss Susann's I have not awarded 5 stars. It is disappointing primarily because one can see the novel it could have been, had Miss Susann lived to see it to completion. It was rumored to have been finished by Rex Reed or Liz Smith, though the latter emphatically denied it.

That said, Dolores is not without its attractions, particular for those who enjoyed Valley Of The Dolls or Once Is Not Enough. It has the usual mix of celebrities and drugs, in this case a fictionalized Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her sister, Lee Razidwell, and does manage to hold one's interest throughout. If you enjoy novels where the protagonists shop incessently, have tastefully described sex, and take narcotics the way the rest of us take aspirin, there is much here to admire.

I would be remiss if I did not mention one other drawback of this novel: we, the public, have the advantage of knowing how the story actually ended, while Miss Susann died almost 20 years before Mrs. Onassis. Just when it seems the novel is reaching the most interesting part of the story, it is over.

Buy this book only if you need to complete your Jacqueline Susann collection. If you haven't read any of her other work, Valley Of The Dolls would be a better choice, followed by The Love Machine or Once Is Not Enough.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
jackie susann 29 Dec 2009
By mistic2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Quick read like a short story it was fab. I love everything she wrote. It is very 60's mod. She was an amazing writer Valley of the Dolls was one of my favorite books of all time so I read everything she wrote. and Dolores dose not disappoint.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not Her Best But....Compelling Nonetheless 24 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One reason any novel is fascinating is because the author knows his (or her) subject matter, and is taking you on a tour of a world of which you may formerly have had little acquaintance. Jacqueline Susann was part of the world of Broadway and television in its infancy, which made Valley of the Dolls and The Love Machine compelling -- she knew these people, she knew their lives.

With Once is Not Enough and Dolores, she takes us on an excursion into the troubled lives of the Super-Rich in the 1960s and early 1970s. Although not particularly well-written, with the passage of time, her work has left the category of tawdry expose and has achieved the status of historical fiction. Her gossip sources, as always, are impeccable. Of course in each case she has to fictionalize to avoid lawsuits, but good information is there. One thing I particularly appreciate is that she takes well-deserved swipes at individuals who, she believes, are to blame for the suffering of others. The Hollywood Studio system in general, and Louis B. Mayer's handling of fragile Judy Garland's career in particular, was detailed in Valley of the Dolls. William Paley's treatment of his wife Barbara was alluded to in The Love Machine. Dr. Max Jacobsen's pushing of amphetamines disguised as "vitamin shots" to celebrities from every field was portrayed in Once is Not Enough, and even Truman Capote got a well-deserved slam in Dolores. Of course we need to realize the tragedies her characters experience are a blend of many individuals' lives, they are not meant as biography -- but Dolores comes pretty close! Jackie and her sister Lee stare out at you from its pages, practically down to the last detail. HOWEVER...from many eyewitness accounts Jackie and Ari Onassis did love one another and did have a real marriage for the first couple of years...up until the time he became despondent over the death of his son.

If there was a Barry Haines in Jackie's life, I'd like to know who he was...was he RFK? That would explain the hasty marriage to Onassis following his assisination. I also think it is interesting to note that both Jack and Jackie Kennedy were patients of Dr. Feelgood, yet he does not make an appearance in Dolores. Either she did not know this (unlikely) or she is trying to leave the image of Camelot untarnished -- or, should I say, tarnished only by the men's persistent womanizing. Either way, all of her books take you on a fascinating journey, not the least of which is Dolores.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jackie on Jackie 12 Oct 2010
By Loves the View - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having just finished a biography of Jacqueline Susann (Lovely Me), I wanted to try a Susann novel. I had never read a one before, and was curious to see if my impression of her writing was correct. This one may not be typical. Like all her novels, this one was heavily edited and may have been added to. Since this one was published after her death, she did not get a final say. I chose it merely because it was short.

The book is a thinly veiled take on why and how Jackie Kennedy became Jackie Onasis. It appears that Susann transfered the values of the characters she created for her novels (mostly based on friends and acquaintances in the entertainment world) and put them in these new characters, mostly based on the Bouvier/Kennedy/Onasis families. Women in this novel seek love, but never get it. The men in this novel may be re-creations of her philandering father. Money is a motivator for everyone.
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