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Bleak Hotel: The Hollywood Saga of the White Hotel Hardcover – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; First edition. Hardback. Dust jacket. edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704371456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704371453
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.1 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,501,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Bleak Hotel' is a compelling piece of autobiography by D.M. Thomas, mainly concentrating on Hollywood's failure to film his literary masterpiece 'The White Hotel' but also incorporating the parallel strand of his private life. Essentially 'Bleak Hotel' relates how two attractive trickster-producers, Geisler and Roberbdeau, persuade Thomas and his agent that they are the men to make the 'White Hotel' into the greatest movie of all time. Their aptitude and enthusiasm corrals a flock of famous names who initially express delight at their participation in the project, but later mysteriously disappear or abruptly opt out. Is this because they distrust the producers or is the script too bizarre and daring? But whenever the shooting almost gets underway, the venture is disrupted by broken love affairs, outbreaks of war, lack of funds and finally an appalling, interminable wrangle in which the whole venture disappears under a morass of legislation. The anecdotes of film stars and directors that strew this remarkably composed narrative are a revelation in themselves, but D.M. Thomas has pulled off the difficult trick of not only satisfying the reader who is a movie buff, but also personally involving him in the tragic yet fascinating details of his own disrupted personal life during the long span (27 years) of being 'in production'. His trials and traumas connect and rebound against the gargantuan failure of the movie and the terrible things taking place on the historic stage, such as 9/11. By sheer deftness and psychological subtlety, he manages to produce a literary triumph out of a filmic failure, and the comparison with Nathaniel West and other writers who have traced the crack in the American Dream is by no means exaggerated.
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HASH(0x94fe099c) out of 5 stars Move over, Jarndyce and Jarndyce 13 Mar. 2015
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Traces the 20+ year saga of trying to get a movie made from the novel 'The White Hotel'. Very readable and enjoyable, although the legal machinations made my eyes glaze over (which was the author's intention, for his were glazed over as well). Interspersed with the tale are the author's recollections of his second wife, Denise.... The author is an interesting guy, I loved his novel 'Pictures at an Exhibition' and hope to read more of his work.
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