In alternating chapters—many of them nimbly crafted set pieces of comedy, desperation, or frustration—these women struggle to care for themselves and those they love.
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Drake, who demonstrated her fearlessness when it comes to the absurd in Clown Girl , turns her sharp eye on everything from religious cults to snow leopard sex. Clumsiness abounds, both emotional and otherwise Did a character just trip and fall? The Stud Book is a spirited group portrait, full of the messiness of life. In it Drake reminds us, earnestly and poignantly and in echt Portland fashion , of the importance of community: Review , Book Review. Nostalgia Miss Barack Obama? There are few that can outwit this woman. Still, it is a change to see a woman playing the games men play with women, and winning at besting them.
At times, I could see her potential. For Tony, she represents innocence lost, except this is all illusion. This chickadee knows her own mind and has spunk and a bit of intelligence. Alexandra is a spoiled little rich bitch, plain and simple. There are some really taboo subjects and offensive dialogue so be warned! Collins takes you back to a period where anything goes--transsexuals were in the mix and pedophiles were uncomfortably common. It would be ab-fab to see the films.
Although Fontaine is described as a blonde, I could see Joan Collins bringing this voracious vixen to life on the screen! For the current times, Kate Winslet or Tilda Swinton would make an amazing Fontaine, though Tilda fits the model arch type more. Zac Efron would make a delish Tony Blake, right? Whatever your take on things, Ms. Collins does a superb job of capturing the voice of each character authentically, recreating a time a place that most of us can only fantasize about, while leading you into a story that spins a contemporary Faustian tale of corruption and redemption.
View all 4 comments. I may not have enjoyed this particular book as much as I would normally love a Jackie Collins, but it's getting 5 stars regardless, as JC doesn't deserve anything less. London, , the hottest, hippest domain of hedonists and pleasure-seekers, where swingers swarm the clubs and discos in a quest to live for the moment. At the centre of this scene, Tony Blake plays the angles, never missing a chance to score with the beautiful women who desire him — and walks the line between ecstasy and overload. Told from three viewpoints - Tony, the stud of the title and the two Khaled ladies - this charts their downwards spiral as the book progresses before each of them, in their own way, comes up trumps in the end.
Likeable unlike most of the characters , amusing and occasionally raunchy, this is worth a read. The level of hedonistic depavity is unparrelled in this raunchy book of sexual misadventures. Exactly what one expects from this particular author.
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As someone who has enjoyed many of her written efforts can say that Jackie Collins will be missed but her body of work will entertain new readers for many years to come. Jan 02, Jeri Tungate rated it it was ok Shelves: Not my favorite by far. You have to remember this book was written in the late 60's and so back then this was a book full of freaky sex. Those things are common now. The story itself just wasn't any good for me. Too much that just didn't seem to work for the book. It could've done without Alexandra's storyline. I liked Alexandr Not my favorite by far.
I liked Alexandra as a character, just not for this book. It took me 5 days to read and my copy is only pages. The only way I finished it was by reminding myself that if I got this book done, I could read something else. Jul 09, Amy Caroline rated it did not like it. I read this as part of a reading challenge and this fulfilled the category of "bottom of the to read pile" as I got it free with a magazine.
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The sexiest scene is just two people looking at each other and waking up together the next morning. Told from the point of view of several character I read this as part of a reading challenge and this fulfilled the category of "bottom of the to read pile" as I got it free with a magazine. Told from the point of view of several characters this should have kept my interest but none of them were very excited and had very few redeeming characteristics I was quite disappointed by this novel, having recently finished Chances by Collins and ranking it very highly. I felt this novel would have worked better as a more fleshed out and developed book where we see Tony drag his way through the ranks to become a club owner, really understanding his drive and his emotions.
Feeling his ambition, lust, love or heartbreak. The narrators were different but because they often recapped the same events I just grew bored.
And while these voices were different f I was quite disappointed by this novel, having recently finished Chances by Collins and ranking it very highly. And while these voices were different from each other they were very formalized and stereotypical, barely developing throughout.
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Apr 29, Helena Tkalez rated it did not like it. With a range of characters from the mildly unpleasant to utterly repellent, The Stud is a novel completely reflective of it's time and social origins. It's fun to read in places and you get a really strong sense of the London Sixties scene, but with endless references to underage girls it makes for pretty grim reading with a post-Saville mindset. Aug 01, Justine rated it liked it.
The book was going very well and the story was building nicely, then all of a sudden it was over. Felt very rushed at the end and left me feeling unsatisfied. Like breaking into Grandma's dirty books when you were a kid I try to read classic literature here and there to balance out the vast quantity of books with half naked guys on the cover. A classic Jackie Collins with a half naked guy on the cover?
This was written in the '60's and set primarily in England, so the slang - birds, bread, knocking, berk, and more - is not even on my Kindle dictionary. Kink is making it with multiple partners, sometimes together, sometimes just what we n Like breaking into Grandma's dirty books when you were a kid I try to read classic literature here and there to balance out the vast quantity of books with half naked guys on the cover. Kink is making it with multiple partners, sometimes together, sometimes just what we now refer to as an open relationship or cheating.
By current erotica terms, it seems somewhat quaint, like finding a porno from the '70's and being amazed that so much hair could be on one body.
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The characters are mainly awful people, self-absorbed and greedy for whatever delights them. Sex, fashion, fur coats, and more. Yes, fur coats, in a number of styles.
Patting women on the bottom and patronizing them is normal for the time. Lines like "Birds were always saying no when they meant yes" show some of the beliefs of the era, and leave me slightly queasy. While I still may read more from this author, I'd probably go for more modern work. For the time frame it was written, this is suitable, potentially scandalous, but not my thing.
Oct 01, Megan Kleynsmith rated it liked it Shelves: Well after being in a reading slum since May I must say this is the last book I expected to get me out of it. Very interesting and exciting Bit dull at some points and the ending felt a bit rushed but I did enjoy it quite a bit. This is the 1st book I read by Jackie Collins. I'm sorry I stopped reading this story at chapter 8 because I didn't get the point of this story. Jul 28, Autumn rated it liked it Shelves: Multiple-perspective trashy tale of swinging London in , told by a low-class, ambitious gigolo, an innocent heiress recently released from boarding school, and a jaded, spoiled rich man's wife.
Fun to see what was shocking and hip in as well as what songs they play at the pre-disco disco HOBO. Collins does a good job with the multiple perspectives, allowing for lots of deceit and disrespect amongst the various characters. Very quick moving -- the print is large and the book is short. I Multiple-perspective trashy tale of swinging London in , told by a low-class, ambitious gigolo, an innocent heiress recently released from boarding school, and a jaded, spoiled rich man's wife.
I can't recommend it as a satisfying beach read because it's pretty ridiculous and dated, but as an amusing precursor to reality TV, sure. Definitely worth 25 cents at Goodwill. Jul 28, Carolee rated it liked it. Hilarious pornography - raised my eyebrows even in the mid 80's - when I discovered Jackie Collins, and then promptly went on a guilty-pleasure binge Apr 06, Clare Simmonds rated it liked it. My copy had some bizarre typos like "he was a hit with the rich old windows".
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