The Carpetbaggers

The Carpetbaggers

by Harold Robbins
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The Carpetbaggers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No, THE CARPETBAGGERS has very little literary merit, but I'm giving it five stars because it's simply one of the most readable and entertaining novels you'll encounter. The 1950s and 1960s saw the envelope being pushed regarding sexuality and sexual content depicted in popular fiction - three novels that set the standard are PEYTON PLACE (1957), THE CARPETBAGGERS (1961) and VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. If I were to give an award for "Best Trashy Novel," THE CARPETBAGGERS would win hands down, followed by PEYTON PLACE and VALLEY OF THE DOLLS - the first two still hold up as remarkably engrossing storytelling, while DOLLS now seems very dated, very "Look Mommy, I said a dirty word!" But THE CARPETBAGGERS holds up very well (I've read it at least 3 times, most recently about 4 years ago), and for sheer narrative drive still beats anything out there on bookstore shelves today - from first page to last it's completely engrossing, filled with larger-than-life characters who do things the average person (or reader) only dreams of. Robbins has often been imitated, but never topped, and THE CARPETBAGGERS is one of the reasons why.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marvellously entertaining! It's hard to believe there isn't a single review here for THE CARPETBAGGERS - this was Harold Robbins at his peak: shear narrative drive and colorful characters combine to create an unputdownable, unforgettable reading experience. There is nothing in contemporary fiction, and no one among contemporary novelists, who can match THE CARPETBAGGERS in sheer readability - everything else is strictly 'amateur hour' compared with this. Along with PEYTON PLACE and VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, it is probably the best 'commercial fiction' of the past 50 or so years and, yes, a great 'dirty book' if you want to go that way (though it's tame by today's standards).
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