characters Hollywood 109

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characters Hollywood 109 ☆ Hollywood marks the 5th episode in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire his celebrated series of six historical novels that form his extended biography of the USAIt's 1917 President Woodrow Wilson is about to lead the country into the Great War in Europe In California a new industry is born that will irreversibly transform America Caroline SThat will irreversibly transform America Caroline Sanford the alluring heroine of Empire discovers the power of moving pictures to manipulate reality as she vaults to screen stardom under the name of Emma Traxler Just as Caroline must balance her two lives West Coast movie star East Coast. This one took a while to get through Strange that as it was set from just before the American entry into WW1 a favourite period to the early twenties it did not grab me There were a lot of characters from the previous novel in the series which was good but I didn't believe a few of the plot lines notably one in Hollywood itself Anyway the political detail was great as usual although some of it was a bit in depth covering Presidents Wilson Harding and Coolidge with a bit of Teddy Roosevelt and FDR thrown in Vidal deals with elections very well especially when you know the outcome as it is very funny to listen to the character's predictions of what will happen when you do in fact know that the results are going to differ He also loves to play with idioms and phrases which I find amusing and keeps the sentences fresh and clever Although I read them completely out of order I can recommend the Narratives of Empire series as a whole although individually some are better than others least favourite ones being this and Washington DC Maybe I'll go back and read them chronologically some time

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Newspaper publisher senator's mistress so too must America balance its two power centers Hollywood Washington Here's history as only Gore Vidal can recreate it brimming with intrigue scandal peopled by the greats of the silver screen American politics With a new Introduction by the autho. I found this book slow and the characters empty The political background was interesting but made for slow reading as it was just not what I had expected Lots of historyjust presented in a very droning type way

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HollywoodHollywood marks the 5th episode in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire his celebrated series of six historical novels that form his extended biography of the USAIt's 1917 President Woodrow Wilson is about to lead the country into the Great War in Europe In California a new industry is born. Gore Vidal was uite an authorhe could write the controversial Myra Breckendridge and then turn his talent to a book like Burr This book is somewhere in between; a historical fiction full of real people and some thinly disguised fictional ones The title is a bit misleading since the scenario is set in Washington DC during the administrations of Wilson and Harding Hollywood enters the picture when a politico discovers that the movies could be used for propaganda purposes and the image of the hateful Hun could be seen by the general public But the political public face of the Senate and House were as fictional as those seen on the screen so the book title is probably appropriate than it first appearsThe story is based on actual historyso I won't repeat it here since we are familiar with the League of Nations the scandal and fall of the Harding administration and the power of motion pictures during the early part of the 20th century The fictional approach is really only a supplement to the overall tenor of those turbulent times Beautifully written it weaves a fascinating tale of wealth and politics which will hold your interest throughout