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Valley Of The Dolls (VMC) [Paperback]

Jacqueline Susann , Julie Burchill
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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24 Nov 2003 VMC (Book 465)

The exploits and excesses of three pill-popping showbiz heroines: Anne, the smalltown girl supposedly modelled on Grace Kelly, who captivates a millionaire but falls for an English cad; Jennifer, the beautiful Marilyn Monroe clone who possesses everything - except immortality; and Neely, the ruthless Judy Garlandesque understudy-turned-superstar. As friends - and enemies - they learn the hard way that fame, fortune, beauty and stardom don't always equal happiness.

Jacqueline Susann's sensational novel staked her claim as a pop pioneer, perfectly crystallized the decadence of the 1960s - and ushered in a whole new genre of mass-market fiction.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (24 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860498876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860498879
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the most fun you can have without a prescription! (Julie Burchill)

Much imitated, but never bettered (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Decades ahead of its time...Mesmerizing...The equation of emotional dependencies with drug addiction in one comprehensive personality disorder is, if anything, MORE CHIC TODAY. (VILLAGE VOICE)

Jackie, it seemed, understood by instinct that her readers were ready for the RAW SIDE OF LOVE...for a franker sexuality and a tougher kind of story - for romance with tears AND oral sex. (Michael Korda, THE NEW YORKER)

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* The ground-breaking pop-culture classic and one of the most famous bestsellers of all time!

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to start off the New Year! 11 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
Doesn't it seem like the best books are the ones that you've had on your wish list forever and just seemed to keep skipping over? I've had Jacqueline Susann's `VALLEY OF THE DOLLS' on my Amazon wish list for years and never got around to actually ordering it but I decided to start of the New Year with something different and this cult classic was just what the doctor ordered!
Anne, the wide-eyed girl from Lawrenceville escapes her doomed future as a housewife by moving to New York City in hopes of finding a life for herself. But no sooner than she arrives and gets settled in her new job and home does she end up on the cover of every newspaper and the talk of the town. But over the years Anne learns that the life she'd always dreamed of wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.
Neely is seventeen with all the enthusiasm her little body can handle. A performer in vaudeville since childhood Neely has what it takes to be a star. She is the ultimate triple threat she dances, sings like no other and can act too! Inevitably, by the age of twenty-one Neely becomes the biggest star around; unfortunately her ego grows just as big as her rising star. And with the help of her red, yellow and green "dolls" washed down with a little scotch nothing can stop her.
Jennifer has the face and the body to go far, however all she really wants is love. But unfortunately love doesn't pay the bills. And after a few failed marriages to some of Hollywood's most prominent players Jennifer realizes that her body is her ticket to stardom. Soon she becomes Europe's biggest star... because in Europe anything goes.
I absolutely could not put this book down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a man's world... 18 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
Initially I found the book a little dull and thought it was just old-fashioned chick lit, but actually it's really good and addresses a lot of issues that women have to deal with today including careers, being financially independent, when to have children and how to protect a man's fragile ego if you earn more or have a better job than him.

Three women - Anne, Jennifer and Neely - meet up and become friends in New York in the mid-1940s and the book traces their friendship and their lives through the 1950s and 1960s. All the women work in the entertainment industry and go on to be really successful in their fields, but the success doesn't bring happiness and they all wind up relying on pills to keep them awake and thin, put them to sleep or simply to help them forget how lonely they are.

Sadly, the men always seem to disappoint and this book paints a grim picutre of them, but I suppose that's how some women saw men in the 1950s and early 1960s. In Valley of the Dolls, the men are weak, vain, shallow and reluctant to commit or even be loyal to the women they profess to love.

Most of the time they are more concerned with having a pretty, young and thin women hanging off their arms and off their every word than being with an equal. Even Lyon who is younger, more intelligent and has seen more of the world and should know a little better is just as bad.

The book is a sad reminder that yet again, it's really hard for a woman to have it all - a good job, a good man and children. You can only get a couple of those at most but not all three!

Anyway, it's a good book and very readable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 15 July 2007
Format:Paperback
i really got into this book i couldn't put it down. i couldn't belive how it ended such a sad ending i feel so sorry for them all and how could neely do that to her its quite ranchy in place's but there's nothing wrong with that. when i got it i wasn't sure if i was going to like it or not it's not my normal book i go for but it was a great read every spare min i had i was reading it. you should read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dolls, a Super Read 18 Jun 2007
By Lala B
Format:Paperback
Even though this novel was written 40-50 years ago (and is slightly dated) it is still incredibly relatable to- it weaves together the lives of 3 girls trying to make it in Hollywood and NYC, drugs, sex, binge dieting, bulimia, alcoholism, betrayal, lust, greed, ageing ........it covers all the issues we still face today. A super read, light hearted enough but a page turner, with a twist at the end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the trashy glitz I was expecting. 12 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
I have to say that I was utterly misled by both the cover of this book (slick glittery pink lips holding a pill) and the hype. I ENJOY a good trashy novel - but this wasn't anything like the pulp I was expecting. It was very readable and belts along through 20 years in the lives of the three main female characters. It covers prescription drug addiction, weight problems, mental illness, suicide, well, the whole shebang of depressing topics really. And the ending wasn't the jolly happy-ever-after that I think a lot of chic fic authors are railroaded into writing these days.

Gosh, this is well worth reading. I am reluctant to talk about nay specific part of this novel because I think that would spoil it for anyone who may be pondering purchasing this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not chick lit 18 Nov 2007
By love reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'd always imagined this book to be chick lit (and I hate chick lit)from the past but I was really surprised. The tragedy is wise and insightful yet the book is easy to read and gripping. I found the book to be current and not at all outdated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I read this largely because of the hype, and yes it was good. I've gotten to the age where I rarely finish books and I made it to the end of this one, which has got to be a good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Uber-babe
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting in sight
Could be a very true story today . The author has done her research very well. I would recommend adults and teenagers read this
Published 3 months ago by mrs maureen rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
One of my all time favourite books! You will be captivated by the characters and exported to Post war New York. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Claire Shanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Valley Of The Dolls
I gave this book a 5-star rating because, having in mind the year this book was released in 1964 (if I'm not mistaken), it's actually a very good and very well written book…... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amy Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars trashy but love it
I watched the film of the book with Sharon Tate in and so wanted to buy the book because I think the storyline of stress in the entertainment business, drugs and generally 60s life... Read more
Published 8 months ago by EK
5.0 out of 5 stars VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
A very rare and hard book to find, had one a long time ago but got damaged so i was glad when i found someone who wanted to sell this book, a very good price
Published 13 months ago by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Trashtastic!
If you're looking for a modern classic with a contemporary story line then try Valley of the Dolls.

Starting in the mid 1940's and continuing through to the early... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bookboodle
4.0 out of 5 stars "It was more fun at the bottom when you started"
"After a pause Neely said, 'Anne . . . I . . . we did it.' 'Did what?' 'You know.' 'Neely . . . you mean . . . ?' 'Uh huh. It hurt a lot and I didn't come. Read more
Published 18 months ago by notjim
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Excellent service, very polite and friendly with care to help me.
Looking forward to getting stuck into the book today.
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by AnnaBanana
5.0 out of 5 stars Please put Ms Susann on Kindle!!!
I purchased Valley of the Dolls as one of those "cult classics" that you must read. Now I know where Jackie Collins got it from! Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Jeanette
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