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Palladio Paperback – February 4, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
This is a masterfully rendered novel that examines the dynamics of dysfunctional families, the nature of love and obsession, and the relationship among art, advertising, and commerce. At the novel's center is the failed romantic relationship between John Wheelright, a young advertising executive, and Molly Howe, a mysterious and dangerously troubled woman. The novel is at times humorous, especially in Dee's (St. Famous) portrayal of the deeply cynical world of advertising and of Malcolm Osbourne, the charismatic founder of an avant-garde ad agency called Palladio. Marvelously eccentric, scandalous, and self-absorbed, Malcolm lures John away from his girlfriend and his job at an established and successful agency. At other times, the novel is harrowing, as in Dee's depiction of Molly's childhood. Her parents despise each other, and the silence and bitterness of their marriage create in Molly a desperate loneliness and fear of intimacy. As an adult, she moves from relationship to relationship with a heartbreaking recklessness. Enthusiastically recommended for all libraries. Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
May Dee live a thousand years and write a thousand books every year. Buy it at once; you will not be disappointed.
The first story in the novel deals with the unreachable (and unsinkable?) Molly. She is largely apathetic to her life and surroundings, even though she is a femme fatale whom no man seems able to resist. She recognizes her power over men and enjoys eliciting passion and emotion from them, but she seldom has any feelings apart from a gentle curiosity towards those with whom she has sex.
Molly meets John, and she falls in love--albeit in her own way--comfortable in that he demands nothing of her and seems content to spend his life loving her and trying to figure her out. Because she cannot form significant emotional ties to others, even John, she uses her father's nervous breakdown to disappear from John's life--only to reappear in the latter part of the novel that deals with Palladio itself.
Palladio is the company formed with the goal of using art as advertising. There is no pitch to the potential consumer--the company produces art of any kind--be it written or painted, cinematographic, etc. John ends up as a personal executive to Mal, the founder of the company. The idea of getting rid of traditional advertising seems very appealing, and one longs for a world where commercials on television or ads in magazines appeal to our artistic sense instead of trying to "trick" the consumer into purchasing a product.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's both an amazing love and coming-of-(middle-age) story and fun look at advertising as fine art. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Justin Racz
I love the ambition of this book. Although it's far from perfect, it's a very smart book--riding the line between reality and satire and asking a lot of smart questions along the... Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by J. Bosiljevac
I picked this up randomly, have not read Dee's other books, nor was I aware of the hype surrounding him as the 'next Great American author'. Read morePublished on June 17, 2010 by L. Erickson
I loved the premise of the book, the idea of creating serious art without using irony, but it really didn't feel like this book was ultimately about that. Read morePublished on January 9, 2004 by Madtea
Maybe I'm just a counter-contrarian, but Palladio isn't half as bad as many of the reviews posted would suggest. Read morePublished on April 15, 2003 by Jeff Pariser
It is very simple: Don't buy this book! Dee's "talent" is very well disguised indeed. He is lazy, sloppy and craftless. Read morePublished on February 17, 2003
A nice, if self-indulgent and hugely precious, read until the ending. What a waste of time! 400 pages, yuk. No more Jonathan Dee the Great American Writer for me.Published on April 30, 2002
I had high hopes for this one. While I really didn't like The Lover of History, I loved The Liberty Campaign (also about advertising) and liked St. Famous. Read morePublished on April 29, 2002 by Robert S Michaels