Dream Lover

Dream Lover

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552109347
  • 9780552109345

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Mark Upton's The Dream Lover swallows Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon down whole and licks its whiskers for another large canary to gobble. So it makes dessert of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, lifting that film's great climax of a Chinese box of dreams within dreams. Upton's Hollywood is set in 1927 with a studio power war underway about whether or not to switch over to sound. Eli Hebron, the head of production for Magna Pictures, seems drawn more from Monroe Stahr-Robert DeNiro than from Irving Thalberg. Like Stahr, Hebron has a marvelous ability to see to the heart of shaky scenes and rescue them; he's in shaky health himself and, like Stahr, he also has a dead wife, the glamorous Grace Darling. To set Stahr, or rather Hebron, up for a fall, Royce, an unprincipled climber trying to rise from producing westerns and B pictures for Magna, rings in a fifteen-year-old girl on Hebron, not telling him her age. Through her talent and Hebron's skill, she makes a fantastic screen test, goes on to become the wildly luscious Gladys Divine, and moves in with him - all in a few months. When Royce makes his big bid, the power of his blackmail is overwhelming. This novel enjoys creating its own "movie" scenes, some of which are flashily effective. Less so is the language, which is simply colorful, full of O'Hara brand-name detail, but far from compelling. An appropriate Hollywood novel: parasitic and all glitz. (Kirkus Reviews)show more