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3,0 von 5 SternenTime Jumps Abound
30. Januar 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Overall it was a nice nostalgic view into Old Hollywood and it was fun to see if I could figure out what famous names the author was about to introduce "a birthday party for a mouse?" for example. Some of the love scenes are rather graphic, but easily skipped over. The story has several large time jumps which was a bit disappointing, it felt like I was being gypped out of good parts of the story. Mostly I kept reading to see if any of the characters would "make it" in their respective fields, but I won't give it away for you. Very descriptive writing, love the atmosphere Mr. Turnbull created.
Where the accuracy ends and fiction begins, there lies colorful, interesting people and their stories. As an old movie buff, I found this book thoroughly satisfying in all the aspects a reader hopes to experience in a novel. With the advent of the “talkies” Hollywood found itself in the middle of a depression, prohibition and not too many years away from a war. Into this environment, enter three “innocents” in pursuit of the dreams that was the movie industry’s lure. The three find themselves at The Garden of Allah, a hotel that was once the mansion of a famous silents star. In their pursuit of fame, they bond into a solid friendship and mingle in the hectic partying world of Hollywood stardom. The blend of fact and fiction is masterful and in many of my reviews I have shunned committing myself to trilogies and serials, but there are more of these novels by Turnbull that have captured my interest.
5,0 von 5 SternenA Fun and Interesting Tour of the Golden Age of Hollywood
1. Mai 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Martin Turnbull must have spent an inordinate amount of time researching the many seemingly insignificant, yet tiny details about old Hollywood for this book... details that make it so much fun to read. I mean, come on... who knows what color the tinsel was at the back of Schwab's drug store during the holiday season? Well, Martin knows. That, or he has a very crafty way of making you believe he knows, and that he's providing you an exclusive peek back in time, to see for yourself. And the way the characters pursue their dream of working in Hollywood, interact with the Hollywood elite and grapple with the issues of the day - prohibition, the move from silent films to talkies... and even deeper issues like homosexual relationships, or unplanned pregnancies, and how they were handled in the 20's and 30's. The book grabbed hold of me, and I was always happy to come back to it again. I'm ready for my closeup - I mean, the next installment, Mr. Turnbull.
5,0 von 5 SternenThe Garden on Sunset brought back memories - not of my own
1. Juni 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This book was about a time close enough in time to when I was born in 1939 and in a Los Angeles that hadn't yet changed much by the time I was old enough to listen to the adults around me that it brought back memories. My mother named me Carole after Carolel Lombard. We sold Christmas trees to stars on Hollywood Boulevard where my three year old little brother sold one to Sidney Greenstreet. I remember Hollywood when it was still a facade that people actually bought as the real deal. They went to the Brown Derby expecting to see "real" acters or to Schwab' Drugstore to see where one might get "discovered." Yes. The book was fun for me and brought back memories of an innocent Hollywood for me.
5,0 von 5 SternenHollywood in the 1920s and 1920s - the ongoing story
29. April 2019 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Marcus Adler, disowned by his middle-class Pennsylvania family, arrives in Hollywood in 1927 to make his name as a writer. He knows one address on Sunset Boulevard, the home of the movie star Alla Nazimova, because she visited him when he was 11 and had diphtheria. He discovers that her home has been converted into a hotel, The Garden of Allah. He’s able to secure a tiny room, and this is where he will live for the next nine years.
Marcus makes two friends at the hotel – Gwendolyn Brick, a Southern girl determined tobecome an actress, and Kathryn Massey, who’s just as determined to break into the male-dominated journalism business. The experiences of Marcus, Gwendolyn, and Kathryn become the story of “The Garden on Sunset” by Martin Turnbull.
Famous Hollywood names of the silent and early-talkie eras appear as minor and not-so-minor characters: Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo, Ramon Navarro, George Cukor, Errol Flynn, Marion Davies, and many more. Turnbull pulls no punches; the stars (and the fictional major characters) are presented as real people, with all the generosity, kindness, nastiness, tawdriness, and even criminial behavior long associated with the movie industry. But it’s the three fictional characters who remain the focus, and the novel excels at telling the story of how three people doggedly persist to find success.
“The Garden on Sunset” is the first of nine novels in the Hollywood Garden of Allah series. A native Australian, Turnbull moved to Los Angeles in the 1990s. In addition to writing his Hollywood novels, he is a blogger, webmaster, and tour guide. (And I thought I had an addiction to stories about Hollywood.)
“The Garden on Sunset” doesn’t finally reach some grand climax; it doesn’t build toward a final and ultimately resolved crisis. Instead, it tells a story of Hollywood, an ongoing story of Hollywood that continues today.