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Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion Paperback – May 30, 2006
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1. The author mentions seeing a picture of Dorothy Stratten. However, in 1975, Stratten was only 15 and still living in a small town in Canada. It would be another 3 years before she was discovered by Playboy.
2. The author claims to have seen John Belushi having sex in the Grotto. Belushi became a star from Saturday Night Live, but the show did not debut until September, 1975. So depending on what month this incident occurred, either Belushi hadn't made his TV debut, or he had only been on TV a month or two. It's highly doubtful he would have been a big enough celebrity to get to go to the Mansion.
3. The author then wanders into the game room where she sees a porn flick being shown on Playboy TV. Playboy TV did not start airing until 1982.
After reading all these mistakes, I just skimmed the rest of the book, figuring I should take anything written with a grain of salt. What little I did read was boring and poorly written.
Avoid this book.
The stories are just what most of us would picture, mostly dealing with drink, drugs and sex. And while none of it probably should surprise us, given the setting, it's still jarring to read what kind of behavior the author is subjected to as a child. Her early sexual activity with both men and women isn't surprising, either, but it's heartbreaking.
Like an earlier review mentioned, I think the author goes easy on her dad, a man who pretty much abandoned her to be raised by the motley collection of Playmates and hangers-on. At the same time, given his own behaviors, maybe that was for the best.
An interesting book, but a sad one. It might not surprise anyone, but it still makes for a good read.
As the author recounts stories from her childhood she uses music & fashion to set the time period. The mention of various designer clothing articles begins to mimic that of a teenager namedropping to try to impress. It also becomes very annoying. The anachronisms were at times so glaring they pulled me out of the story. When the author attempted to recreate dialogue between characters the slang word choices seemed more accurate for present day than to the 70s and 80s.
The book starts to fall apart toward the end. It seems to lose focus and starts to become repetitive - parties, drugs, abusive father, sexual freedom, anger and bitterness and repeat. By the end of the book I found myself disliking the author and her immaturity, petulance and seeming unwillingness to grow up and act like an adult. Her behavior as an adult and inability to quit blaming her parents and seek help is probably a testament to how dysfunctional and inappropriate her childhood was.
Still with all of it's flaws I am looking forward to reading the "sequel" when it's released.
The parties and scenes captured in this book are delicious time capsules of the fashions, the drugs, the music, and the celebrities of the early 1980's. At the end of the book, Saginor contrasts the heyday of the Playboy Mansions with the current strict security and drug-free (on the surface) environment. Overall, this is a quick and telling read about life in the fast lane and the consequences of living large.
The rest of the book was repetitious- how many times can you tell about parties which all sound the same-- sex, drugs, more sex, etc. Actually, since she was so young, the whole book was pathetic and pitiful. What a life for a teenager. This book is very sad.
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