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Return to Peyton Place (Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England)

Return to Peyton Place (Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England) [Kindle Edition]

Grace Metalious , Ardis Cameron
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In 1956 Grace Metalious published Peyton Place, the novel that unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination, transformed the publishing industry, topped the bestseller lists for more than a year, and made its young author one of the most talked-about people in America. In 1959 the sizzling sequel, Return to Peyton Place, picked up where Peyton Place left off: Allison MacKenzie, now the author of America's #1 bestseller, is thrown into the glamorous whirl of the smart set of New York and Hollywood. At home, the rest of the most controversial characters in 1950s American fiction continue to create a stir in this ongoing exposé of sex, hypocrisy, social inequity, and class privilege in contemporary America. Peyton Place, the small, seemingly respectable New England town, is revealed as a vividly realistic cauldron of secrets and scandal. Peyton Place and its sequel, Return to Peyton Place, the books that readers used to hide under their mattresses, are now recognized by scholars as the Silent Generation's Perfect Storm and predecessors to the women's liberation movement. Treat yourself to this rediscovered classic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1555536697
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press (1 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1JFK6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peyton Place revisited is a different place! 4 July 1999
By A Customer
When I first read Peyton Place upon its publication in 1956 this book was considered highly immoral and downright trashy. What kind of woman must this Grace Metalious be to pen such a book? Sinful, sinful was the common consensus. It is a pity that Metalious did not live to see its reprinting. Reading it now from the vantage point of almost 2000, one is shown the underbelly of a small New England town, with all its conflicts and crosscurrents. The story is told simply, with clarity and truth. Shining through is a deep compassion for the weaknesses and failings of humankind. Living in such a town as Peyton Place, the author knew what she was writing about and it shows. Read this book again if you read it before. First time readers, see how simple honesty, skillfully portrayed in the stories of small town life spun here, makes for an exceptionally well written book even in 1999!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Well, I've just finished reading Peyton Place, and I have to say that I went into it thinking that I was going to read a cheap and sordid novel; the one that I had always heard about. The one that no one would ever admit to reading. Ok, it does have its steamy sections, but what should be closely look at is how well the whole novel is structured. We have a microscopic glimpse into a small town. We see their triumphs, their falls, their sadness, and most of all their loves. Metalious, should not go down in history as the author of a novel that shocked the United States. She was a talented young author who would probably have written many more novels of merit if she hadn't died so young. Check this book out. You are in for a surprise if you've only seen the movies and TV Soap Opera
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious romp of a read... 12 Feb 2010
By LittleReader VINE VOICE
Regardless of whether GM's novel is a must-read 'classic', it's definately a must-read... I could wax lyrical about how 1950's America must have been shocked and rocked by the publication of this titillating, salicious romp of a read - there's a nod in the direction of sex, illegal abortion, child abuse and unmarried mother's afterall - but I won't. Simply because, to me, the message I ultimately felt was one of womanhood. And comradeship. And strength.
All three women central to the novel are superbly crafted - they manage to be very normal and believable while dealing with matters that most women would find huge and intimidating in the present day, never mind 50 years ago.
Intellectually, this is not one of the greats - it's a bouncy, enjoyable read and if it's serious literature you're after, this won't be for you but nevertheless, it's a 5* review for me, simply for being exactly what I hoped it would be!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blockbuster Novel Of It's Time. 3 Jun 1998
By A Customer
I first became interested in the book after seeing the movie with the late Lana Turner. However, I must admit that I enjoyed the book much better. It really was a groundbreaker for the late 1950's and early 1960's considering that the issues of illegitimacy, rape, emotional attachment not to mention the hypocritical attitudes of the people of the town, only when a young girl is put on the stand for murdering her stepfather and the truth about the type of man he really was makes the people realize that judgement should not come so harshly to those without knowing all the facts. A novel that in many ways stood the test of time and without a doubt a gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal classic of American fiction 1 Dec 1998
By A Customer
THE bestselling novel of the 1950s, Peyton Place is an unfortunately under-appreciated classic, the book that paved the way for many women writers and practically invented an entire genre. The story is familiar: the secrets and scandals of a small New England town. But it's presented with an energy and verve that's unstoppable. The characters are unforgettable: frigid single mother Constance MacKenzie and her dreaming daughter Allison; Allison's troubled best friend Selena Cross; and playboy around town Rodney Harrington. If you don't think this book has relevence today, realise that Dawson's Creek is basically an updated version of Peyton Place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best!! 2 Feb 2006
By A Customer
This was just a superb book - I couldn't stop reading until it was done. I enjoyed every single page and just thought it was beautifully written. I vaguely remember my Mum being addicted to the series on TV in the ? 60s but it was totally new to me and I was right in there with the characters. I have already recommended it to all my girlfriends - one of those books that when you finish you don't want to read anything else for a while - to simply re-absorb it again and again.
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At the time of writing her best selling novel 'Peyton Place' Grace Metalious, a New Hampshire, housewife, lived in a dilapidated bungalow she'd wryly nicknamed "It'll Do." Her three kids were existing on lettuce-and-tomato sandwiches. At 30 years old she was poverty-stricken, parched, depleted, and frantic.

At last, she'd composed a book. She titled it 'The Tree and the Blossom' full of insider secrets, deceitful morality, petty mindedness, and vicious town gossip in a narrative about a fictional New Hampshire town much the same as her own town of Gilmanton.

Though ruthlessly and effortlessly exposing the human failings of the denizens of a typical New England town, Metalious' work is certainly not without compassion for the colourful inhabitants of her invented world. Much of this compact universe is seen through a kind of shimmering emotional lens, the vehicle for this lens being Alison Mackenzie, the sixteen year old 'illegitimate' child of one of the town's most respected citizens, Constance.

At the time of publication, critics and reviewers honed in on the 'scandalous' sex, and the torrid episodes, while ignoring Metalious' powerful social commentary. Much of this was achieved via her characters, for instance the tragic figure Nellie Cross, a shack dweller and half-crazed wife of an abusive drunk, Lucas Cross. Metalious wastes no time either in exposing the hypocrisy of the Congregationalist church minister Fitzgerald, a closet Catholic who refuses to bury suicide victim Nellie on 'consecrated ground'.

The book caused a sensation for its expose of small town New England values, not quite the quaint historic idyll that many imagine it to be. Metalious was loathed by the very people whose lives she manifested so unerringly in her book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion
Excellent follow up to Peyton Place.
Published 2 months ago by mr alan musselwhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to have another copy
My previous copy of Peyton Place was falling apart, had been read so often, the seller's copy is excellent and has already been read once and will be read again and again.
Published 4 months ago by rueyclem
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Peyton place
Great story hard to put book down friends would love this book wish there was a third book to enjoy
Published 6 months ago by Helen Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer joy
I must be getting old when I'm thinking' they don't write stories like this anymore'. Wonderful. Read both Peyton Place books togethet.
Published 6 months ago by Nicky Dorrian
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to Peyton Place
Good sequel to Peyton Place for anyone who has read it or seen the film, although its a bit short.
Published 7 months ago by AMM
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book
Well written with characters that really come alive and a gripping story. I'd always avoided reading it because I was put off by the television version but this excellent book is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Godley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Extremely well written. No boring sections at all. Characters you feel you know personally after just reading a few chapters.
Published 14 months ago by Phil Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars am in process of reading this book.
have not yet finished this book as I have been moving house for the past week, but looking forward to finishing it. again, I have had fun trying to remember the tv show parts.
Published 15 months ago by alexandra roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Peyton Place
I first read Peyton Place when I was 16 years of age (1958) and loved it, over the years since I have read hundreds of books, I recently got Peyton Place on my kindle before... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs M Dougal
3.0 out of 5 stars Memorable moment
Read the book over fifty years ago. Only memory still the couple going along in the car and her name Helen I think undid her blouse to reveal a braless chest and the lad driving... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alexander Kreator
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