I know LA and it was great to picture it as it developed through the life and times of the Chateau. This is a beautiful blend of architecture and how it is meaningful to the lives of people and shapes and makes a contribution a place. I found the reading wonderful - a lovely voice, and the author paints a clear picture of the interior as well as the surrounding grounds as they play a part in the history of Hollywood's industry as a company town. I loved it and listened to it over and over. Great.
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My interest in this book was purely nostalgic, having driven by the Hollywood landmark for years growing up in California. Bordered on one side by a freeway, and stretched from curb to curb on the property it sits on, it still is like a secluded giant rather than a welcoming, accessible hotel, that exudes a kind of seedy glamour and mystery. I was looking for a real look inside. Instead of a real insider's look at the hotel, this reads more like a peek at the registry of guests with a little of the upkeep history and the personnel that kept the place running. There were lots of famous guests, but the majority of those written about are the old Hollywood--prior even to John Wayne or Marilyn Monroe, with mere mentions of some of the early rock star guests, a nod about Belushi's fateful stay, and nothing more than a roster of modern day personalities that have graced the Marmont. The entire text could have been used as information under photos in a good coffee table book and been acceptable --as an entire book...it was a painless waste of time.
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Loved this book! For those of you who can't get enough of
OLD HOLLYWOOD this is one for you. It's jammed packed with stories of actors and actresses and the day to day going ons of this fabulous Hotel where many famous people made their home. One to add to your reading list.😉