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"Predictable" and "formulaic" aptly describe this Arthur Hailey novel, which follow a cast of characters whose loves and lives converge at the luxurious St. Gregory Hotel in New Orleans. Yet through skillful abridgment and Victor Garber's ability to depict characters with various accents, this fast-paced audiobook is quite enjoyable. It would make great listening for a long trip. A.A.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425176363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425176368
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sarah Sammis on February 8, 2004
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Wow! I was not expecting this book to be so rich in detail, context, theme and character development. On one level it's just a very descriptive outline of 5 days in the life of a luxury hotel in New Orleans in the early 1960s. Hotel also takes a critical stance in the civil rights issues of the era. Through carefully crafted characters, it comes out pro-desegregation but does it without wielding a heavy hand. Then at the individual characters and vignettes, the book is about karma and how little decissions can add up to either good things happening or extremely bad things happening.
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This is Arthur Hailey at the top of his form. I have never read a book that was so engrossing with characters with such great development. The plot never stops going, right until the very end. The plot twists were ones I never thought of. I love this book!
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At the beginning of the book is a forward written by Arthur Hailey himself talking about how the book came to be, the TV show that it inspired and the reasons for why it was being re-released. If I had any reservations about the book the forward erased them. Hailey comes across as just plain nice and his comment regarding his horror at how often his characters were smoking made me smile.
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.
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One great thing about Hailey's writing style is that it keeps you engaged throughout the book. You'll never feel bored at any instance. His research is awesome. 'Hotel' is one such book. Got this immediately after I read 'Airport'. 'Hotel' was an impulsive page turner packed with surprises right from beginning to the end. Just go for it!
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Hotel
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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Years ago I remember seeing the movie, and I loved it. The book is so much better. Now, I am a consummate reader, my family says I used to sit at the breakfast table and read the cereal box labels aloud. I, of course have no memory of this :). I do however love to read. My idea of a great book is one that makes me become part of the story. I stood in hallways and watched to see if the thief was going to get away. I smelled the wonderful odors coming from the kitchen. I was anxious for the old owner and felt sorry for the companion of the big bad hotelier.I felt the embaressment of the situation involving turning away the Black Doctor. I wanted the manager and the assistant to see that their love story had already began, and I wanted the little old man to in fact be so much more important than he appeared. This book delivered all this and so much more. If there were more than 5 stars I would gladly have given them. Buy this book, read this book, enjoy this book!
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This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. it was written in 1964 and has been reprinted several times over the years. it gets better as the years go by. Mystery, love, secrets, evil, kindness and a perfect story line keeps you reading it way into the night. This is the 3rd time I have purchased this book. this time I will NOT give it away .
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I enjoyed this book. I think mostly it was throwback to a different time. Well written and researched, Haley was a accomplished writer. I found it amusing that the author, though a black man and written when the new civil rights laws were in place, saw fit to stereotypically characterize a stupid white cop as an Irishman named Clancy. I'm making a poster as soon as I'm finished writing this to protest and march on...Simon and Schuster? Or somebody...maybe derail my Lionel Train with a Lincoln Log blockade.
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