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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553284657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553284652
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Judith Krantz writes with obvious  authority."--John Barkham Reviews

"Under Krantz's fingers, real life has a way  of becoming mysterious, glamorous, legendary,  sequined."--Vogue.

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"Under Krantz's fingers, real life has a way of becoming mysterious, glamorous, legendary, sequined."--Vogue.

Scruples is the novel that created publishing history, the first-and widely acknowledged to be the very best-novel ever written about the staggeringly luxurious life of a Beverly Hills boutique and the people who work in it. Scruples was translated into twenty languages and made Rodeo Drive famous around the world. The New York Post said that "Scruples was born to be a smash bestseller. . . It has more inside information about the worlds of high fashion and Hollywood than you'd find in a dozen manuals." With Scruples, Judith Krantz earned her reputation as a blazingly talented and original storyteller. she takes her readers behind the scenes of wealthy and fame to show them the real people and the real emotions that exist at the core of even the most high-powered lives. Scruples is the leader of her #1 best-selling novels.

"Judith Krantz writes with obvious authority."--John Barkham Reviews


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It was very long and boring.
Patricia Cressey
As always with Ms. Krantz, SCRUPLES has several complicated, entwined plotlines involving the half-dozen or so leading characters.
HeyJudy
I am a huge Judith Krantz fan mostly because of this series.
Mel

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1997
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Judith Krantz is not a writer you read for intellectual stimulation or spiritual enlightenment. But she is still one of the most entertaining mass-market novelists around, especially for women. All of her books feature strong, attractive (on the inside as well as the outside) yet believable women; and the plots are the stuff of modern age fairy tales. Scruples is her first novel, the one that put her on the map and was a smash hit in the late '70s. The heroine, Billy Winthrop Ikehorn (two other surnames follow eventually), may be the least likeable of all her heroines, yet is the most believable perhaps because she is flawed. The plot and settings feel slightly dated, but don't really distract from the pure mindless enjoyment of a "smashing read". One of the big attractions of the Krantz novels are the well-researched and absorbing "inside details" of the settings - of the Beverly Hills retail world, the movie industry and people of a certain class in Paris in the case of Scruples. If you read this book and like it, you'll want to grab all her books; if you hate it, don't bother with any others. I have been buying every single one of her books since Scruples up to her latest, Spring Collection, and hope she continues. They are great for reading in bed or in a hot tub.

(Update added in October 2011)

I just happened to run across this review that I wrote way back in 1997. I recently downloaded the Kindle version in a fit of nostalgia, and re-read it for the first time in at least 10 years. I still enjoyed it, but it does seem a lot more dated now. It is very much a product of its time, the mid to late 1970s (the original publication date is 1978).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Veltsos on March 24, 2012
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When I heard that ABC is developing a series based upon this 1970s novel, I decided to re-read it and refresh my memory. Unfortunately, the quality was so poor that the only way I could follow the story at times was from memory. It looked like the publisher had an intern scan the book and no one proofed the OCR. Punctuation, words, and even paragraphs were missing. Several words were completely misspelled. It wasn't worth even the few dollars I paid for it, so I returned the ebook.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kcap131 on September 15, 2011
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I was very excited to finally find Judith Krantz novels on Kindle & I gladly paid the publisher's price for a book that is over 30 years old. However, The amount of transcription errors was HUGE!,,, words misspelled, words and paragraphs missing. Come on, if you are going to charge that much for it, the LEAST the publisher could do is proofread it!

Judith Krantz novels are pure, unadulterated slutty fun. The poor transcription takes away frm that fun.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By alexandra ash on July 1, 2003
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I don't usually read romance novels - they're all patently predictable and unbelievable and, in most cases, horribly written. My girlfriend read Scruples during the summer that we were both 15, and she made me read it, which I did in one long, hot day, stretched out in a hammock in my backyard. The writing is quite intelligent, humorous, touching, and diverse - Judith Krantz, I quickly learned, likes to educate the reader at odd, unsuspected moments. Odd little tidbits - such as South Carolina produces more fashion models than any other state, and that panties from Juel Park go for $200.00 a paid (or did in 1976). The sex was rather yummy, and kind of ahead of its time (read the glory hole sequence). Yeah, I read it, and yeah, I enjoyed it, and yeah, I read her other books as well. I must admit, this one was my favorite. I still have a copy, and i still re-read it from time to time. Hey, sometimes you just have to appreciate the classics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Privacy, Please on June 12, 2010
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Back in the dark, dead days of the late 70s, when I was 16, I was introduced to this book by a nice little old lady with whom I volunteered at my town's senior citizens center. "Hey, you wanna read a good dirty book?"she rasped through her cigarette and lent me her copy of "Scruples". "Don't tell your mother!" I was bored beyond belief and always happy to have something new and different to read, but being a "nice girl" I had almost no experience with the "good dirty book" genre, and what I'd seen of it previously was largely plotless and gross. I had no use for fantasies of suburban housewives, or tales of adult film stars. What a surprise to find that "Scruples" had interesting and exotic (but not too exotic) characters, a semblance of a plot, and descriptions of exactly what people did together and how it felt good to a woman. This was not an era where teenage girls were encouraged to have (or know about) sex and when it did happen, it went badly more often than not, so much of the stuff in the book was news to me. Let's just say reading "Scruples" taught me a lot more than my required "Health" class with its focus on sperms, eggs and babies, and I became an avid Krantz fan for her next couple books.

Reading this book again as an adult living in a different era, I can see some definite virtues and some flaws that would have gone by me at age 16. The first part of the book focuses on Wilhelmina "Billie" Winthrop and her transformation from obese teenage ugly duckling to sexy French-speaking fashion plate, eventually culminating in a marriage to her rich boss and then, after his death (and many affairs), to a movie producer. This tale, especially the story of Billie's early years in Paris and New York, is probably the most fun part of the book.
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