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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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