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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This was a great read in any era!!! A lot of readers who read the sequel ask how come the character of Tom Markis was changed to Mike Rossi. Grace Metalious was taken to court by some one who she knew who's real name was Tom Markis. So when the sequel "Return To Peyton Place was written, the characters name had to be changed so
Grace wouldn't be back in court. In Emily Toth book" Inside Peyton Place", she writes about Graces professional and private life. This was great!!! She could have been a character out of her own book!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Grace Metalious exposes the dark and seamy secrets of a small New England town in her blockbuster novel, "Peyton Place". Local dress shop owner Constance McKenzie struggles to raise her daughter Allison while trying to kept her secret past hidden from the prying eyes and local gossips. Allison's best friend, Serena struggles with her own mentally ill mother and alcoholic pervert stepfather. Serena's love for a local boy makes her stepfather jealous, leading to tragic consquences that affect the entire town
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Wow, what a great book. Although not as stunning as the original, nothing can top that, Grace did a great job of bringing the children of Peyton Place back into our hearts as adults, and following the lives of the quirky adults we met in Peyton Place. A very good wrap up to an amazing story. Anyone who ia as in love with Peyton Place as I am definatle needs this book. So many questions answered
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
A soap opera type book that doesn't follow any conventions. I really liked the movie and got the book to find out more. The characters are well written with modern problems, hopes, and dreams. The harsh reality of life finds its way into a small New England town. It is a story about real people and their real lives. Excellent. It differs greatly from the movie, and is much better than the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
What a classic book that I never read until now! Amazing. When my mom asked what I was reading and I told her Peyton Place she gasped out loud and covered her mouth. She then preceded to tell me her story about Peyton Place and how she read the book back in the 60's!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Having always heard of this book growing up, I finally decided to seek out a copy. I made the mistake of reading just a bit of the introduction (in the Kindle edition) which was stuffed so full of spoilers that I knew half the plot twists before I started. I'd recommend NOT reading this if you want to experience the book fully.

Peyton Place is not great literature, but if you enjoy a good Jackie Collins or Jacqueline Susann novel from time to time, you'll enjoy this book too. Fitting for its time, many of the scenes are so overdramatic you can practically hear the swelling music that would accompany a black-and-white 1950s movie of it. The characters are pretty stock as well (at times it reminded me of characters in an Ayn Rand novel who exist only to portray a "type" or spout a theory). If this book was a movie, it would be "Marnie."

However, this book will keep you reading because you can't put it down. I was also shocked at some of the scandalous events depicted - I can see why 1950s housewives "hid it under their beds," as the introduction noted. None of the sex scenes in this book are anything to write home about today (although I remain somewhat scarred by Norman page, the old lady and the tomcat). What I didn't expect from this book was so much about class divisions and the barriers between rich and poor in the town. This was pretty fascinating.

Grace Metalious (who I know nothing about, but I now want to read her biography, Inside Peyton Place) seems like someone who grew up in this type of town and was filled with rage about it. You can feel the passion for what she's writing about steaming off the page--not sexual passion, but passionate outrage about injustice, unfairness and repression of all kinds.

Once you have read the book, go back and read the introduction--it's pretty interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
As previously mentioned here, the Kindle translation of this book was obviously done by one very bored and very lazy individual. There were large sections of the book that were repeated, making the flow of the story difficult to follow at times. I have to wonder if there were sections that were missing altogether.

As for the story itself, I liked it, but I didn't love it. I just finished 'Valley of the Dolls', which I really enjoyed, and this was recommend on the same page. I've seen bits and pieces of the movie over the years and I'm glad to have finally read the book version, but it fell a little flat for me. I noticed there were a bunch of scenes in the book that couldn't possibly be in the movie (due to the strict regulations of the 50's) so if you like the film version, then you'll most likely love the book.

I can't really pinpoint what it was I didn't care for, but I found it was just way to easy to put this down. I took me almost two weeks to read this...it normally takes me a few days to get through a book. The whole 'Selena being molested by her step-father' was a real turn-off for me, and I thought Allison was just strange. I realize the ages of 13-16 are awkward, but she seemed to take it to a higher level. Oh, and Norman's bizarre and creepy relationship with his mother...no thanks.

In the end, I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this (well, I would the Kindle version), but I definitely can't rave about it. I realize there are some folks out there who view this as a classic and they absolutely love it, but I just wasn't 'Wowed'. When I started this, I was planning on reading the sequel 'Return to Peyton Place', but I think I'm gonna skip it. I really didn't care about any of the characters enough to find out what happens to them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am reading this book for the first time. I grew up in the 60's and watched the soap opera on television. Wow... it is still racy... it had to be absolute SCANDAL in the 50's and 60's. One last comment... the author's grammar and writing style is flawless; if it were not so racy, it would be a great primer for grammar and syntax.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a classic when it comes to trashy literature. It really set the standard. It's like a good soap opera with situations that are completely over the top but also very believable. It's a shame how Grace Metalious ended up because these two books are excellent and have spawned so many imitators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
It is difficult to believe that this novel was so feared and defamed in its early printings. For the reader of today, it is tame, well constructed, and totally enjoyable. Try this as a book group selection; we had a great discussion. Pair it with her biography!
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