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The sixth of Vidal's magnificent historical novels which, through real and imaginary characters, captures America in the 1920s.
" Vidal succeeds in making his history alive and plausible."
--The New York Times
" Vidal's originality derives from his as-
surance that he can create and command the American history of his novels, as much as he can their imaginary components. No other American writer I know of has Vidal's sense of national proprietorship. He summons the entire American scene into his confident voice. Vidal's presump-
tions work marvelously well for his intentions."
The New York Review of Books
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Posted December 19, 2000
Gore Vidal should restrict himself to historical novels set in the distant past. 'Hollywood' falls flat, for it lacks the insider's sensitivity that so many other recent Hollywood novels possess. Take 'A Boy Scout in Hollywood' by Brian J. Hayes for example. Though a novel, Hayes's work reflects the pain and suffering young men and women undergo as they attempt to enter the cruel, bitter world of Hollywood filmmaking. Vidal's 'Hollywood' contains no such pathos. Leave Vidal by the wayside and read Hayes instead.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2008
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