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Hotel Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 2000
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This is a hard book to review because there's just so much - so many characters, so many different story lines, so much politics and looking the other way. However, with all the chaos and all the craziness the human-ness comes through strongly. Some of these characters are so likable and some are just despicable and most are in between but they're all real. They're all people you've walked past or dealt with. This book could have been an impenetrable sludge of characters with random details being thrown at you right and left but in Hailey's expert hands it wasn't. In Hailey's expert hands the St. George is a real place. It's so expertly drawn you can see it when you close your eyes. There's a lot tackled in this pretty substantial book. Hailey touches on racism, class-ism, sexual assault, crime, the costs of bad management, blackmail, poor little manipulative rich girls, mistakes following you through life and many other topics. All this happens without it feeling like Hailey has a list of topics he's trying to check off or becoming impossibly confusing. The ending is wrapped up beautifully sweet and dramatic and tragic all at the same time.
By Arthur Hailey
In 1965, author Arthur Hailey wrote one of his best-known novels, HOTEL . This story was deep in detail, background, theme and character development. It offers reasonably accurate insights over a 5-day period in the life of an early 1960s independent, upscale hotel in New Orleans that is facing many challenges. The book addresses a number of American civil rights issues of the period, as well as contradicting stories of staff loyalty on one hand and dishonesty on the other. It tackles a number of business issues that remain current today, as well the matter of brand expansion in today's hotels versus operating as an independent.
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Well researched and engaging novel by one of the best American writers.Published 5 days ago by R. Hurst
I read this book many, many years ago & it is just as good or better than it was then. Running a big hotel is so much more than most people realize, or may not even care to know... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jewel
Enjoyed the book....as I read the book I had seen many of the shows (Hotel Series) portrayed very well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LORI M CARDI
This was well-written with many twists and turns and surprises. It was also a walk in the history of the sixties so that made it even more interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Davis
I randomly selected this book on my Kindle as I recognized Mr. Hailey's name from previous books. It is one of the best books I've read all year.... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judy Johnson