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Book Title: L'uomo che non sapeva amare|
The author of the book: Harold Robbins
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Edition: Oscar Mondadori (Bestsellers)
Date of issue: 1988
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I see what he does – he flat-out steals well-known stuff which everyone has heard of and stirs it shamelessly into his story – so after the hero gets involved in the movie business circa 1929 when talkies were just coming in, he’s already described a movie which sounds like High Noon (1952), then problems with a leading lady’s horrible voice like in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). And then our hero has to design a new type of bra for the leading lady to tone down her uncontrollable breastfulness, like what Howard Hughes did for Jane Russell (early 40s). And y’all know that the hero Jonas Cord = Howard Hughes, and the heroine of the first half = Jean Harlow. The heroine of the second half is a little bit of Marilyn Monroe and a little bit of the plot of Vertigo.
CAPTURING HIS MANHOOD : THE SEX STUFF
Allegedly many original readers were wowed by the sex scenes but 55 years later they’re just funny.
He stood there watching the blurred, sensual look come back into her face. She sank to her knees before him, and he felt her lips press against his thighs. “Do not be angry with Ann-Louise, my stalwart, wild stallion,” she whispered. “Make love to me.”
She was still slim and strong and her breasts jutted like rocks at the canyon edge and I knew they would be just as hard to the touch.
“your nipples are full like bursting purple plums”
He felt a shiver run through her as the nipple grew into his palm, then her fingers were on his thigh, capturing his manhood.
She saw Rina’s nipples burst forth upon her breasts like awakening red flowers on a white field.
Robbins is big on nipples. Anyway, I was expecting more gross sex stuff than there was. There was some, but there should have been a lot more. But I could have done without the five pages of description of Rina’s precocious physical development at the age of 13. I swear I could hear the twang of Harold’s manhood as I was shuddering through that section. It was creepy.
YOU CAN TELL THIS IS NOT LITERATURE
HR dishes out clichés by the yard without batting an eye.
“You’ve been pretty quiet this morning,” she said…. “I don’t know what’s the matter with you children.”
“There’s nothing you can do,” he cried. “Nothing anybody can do now!”
“It wouldn’t be any trouble at all. Now, you just sit down and make yourself comfortable.”
“But I’m not a little girl any longer, am I, father?”
“There’s time enough for you to grow up.”
“I know the way you feel now, but someday, when you’re older, and maybe married with children of your own, you’ll understand.”
“You can’t talk to me like that,” he blustered. “I’m not one of your flunkies who you can buy and sell.”
They were the last words he ever spoke. For just at that moment, the squall came roaring in from the starboard side and capsized the boat.
And HR cranks up the ludicrously lurid to 11 on the amp :
“I pushed Margaret down the stairs and killed her. I killed my baby even before it was born, stole Nevada’s career from him, and Claude committed suicide because of what I was doing to him”
“Those things just happened. You weren’t to blame.”
SEVEN THINGS THAT HAPPEN A LOT IN THE CARPETBAGGERS
1. People get their face slapped. This happens to men and women quite frequently.
The open palm cracked smartly across the side of his face, knocking his head sideways against the toilet bowl
2. Jonas Cord writes off something that cost a million dollars without a second thought :
“But my God, Jonas,” Dan exclaimed. “You can’t junk that script. It’ll cost you half a million by the time you get through paying off De Mille.”
“I don’t care what it costs!” I snarled. “I’m junking it!”
3. People grind out cigarettes. Grind those ciggies!
The acrid smoke burned in her throat. Angrily she ground it out. (p 494)
She ground out the cigarette in the tray. (p 495)
“Yeah,” David said almost savagely, grinding out his cigarette. (p 503)
4. Women have a lot of nipples. I already mentioned this.
5. There’s a lot of manly and very boring business-speak about proxies and voting and deals.
“He can make a lot of trouble. After all, he’ll be voting about thirty per cent of the stock.”
“Call Moroni on the coast and find out if the bank will let me have the money to buy in Sheffield’s stock if I give them a first mortgage on the theaters.”
6. Good looking women enjoy being naked in this novel. I think this strongly appealed to HR’s first readers. Before The Carpetbaggers I suggest it’s not an unreasonable generalization to say that not many women in novels were seen to be actively enjoying their own nakedness. I should mention that all the women in this novel are good-looking and have amazing breasts. Well, there are a couple who have flat chests – they are the Lesbians.
7. Many people die suddenly in this novel. One minute they’re makin a deal with a Hollywood producer and getting blown in a champagne bubble bath, next minute a squall comes roaring out of nowhere.
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
I imagine a few of these shortcomings were pointed out by contemporary reviewers, and I can think that Harold cried all the way to the bank as Liberace said after an especially bad review. But really, when you get past the luridness, the silliness, the stock characters, the ridiculous characters, the based on real people characters, the horrible Jewish and Irish speech (pages of that), the faces slapped and sudden deaths and the gushes of money ejaculating over everything, you get many very dull pages where businessmen make abrupt or sneaky or brash or brazen deals with each other or our main man Jonas Cord makes another futuristic plane which will never possibly work but does brilliantly and it’s all really zzzzzzzz where it’s not grrrrrr and there’s 700 pages of it too.
For me this was a case of rubbernecking at an accident site. For you – not, repeat, not recommended.
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Read information about the authorBorn as Harold Rubin in New York City, he later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys home. In reality he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants. He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in Brooklyn.
His first book, Never Love a Stranger (1948), caused controversy with its graphic sexuality. Publisher Pat Knopf reportedly bought Never Love a Stranger because "it was the first time he had ever read a book where on one page you'd have tears and on the next page you'd have a hard-on".
His 1952 novel, A Stone for Danny Fisher, was adapted into a 1958 motion picture King Creole, which starred Elvis Presley.
He would become arguably the world's bestselling author, publishing over 20 books which were translated into 32 languages and sold over 750 million copies. Among his best-known books is The Carpetbaggers, loosely based on the life of Howard Hughes,taking the reader from New York to California, from the prosperity of the aeronautical industry to the glamor of Hollywood.
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