Rich People

Rich People

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552107719
  • 9780552107716

Review Text

Maybe if somebody managed to suspend Morton Cooper's newspaper subscriptions, he'd stop writing big, dreadful books (The King, The Queen) glommed from the headlines. He's been reading like mad lately - recent clippings about Rev. Moon and Wayne Hays and Patty Hearst, old clippings about Patty's granddad and Marion Davies - and it's all here in the saga of the Scofield publishing dynasty: founder Adam (and his showgirl mistress, Venus Montgomery), incestuous, childish son Harmon, granddaughter Mary, and great-granddaughter Carole. Adam's relegated to stultifying flashbacks while Mary, the "Velvet Claw" who turned those schlock papers into Pulitzer-winners, operates very much in the here and now, with her three husbands, her actor-lover ("your superstudship"), her Jewish colleague-lover (a "Gelusil junkie" whom she calls "Yussele"), and her Senator-lover (the one with the Lolita hang-up). To provide some suspense, Mary's daughter Carole disappears, kidnapped by - the Resistance Army? the God's Love movement? gangster Ramon Vienna? No! Kidnapped by Mary's dad, Harmon, as incestuous as ever, causing Carole to freak out and Mary to pop Nembutols while playing "The Girl That I Marry" on the stereo. Overwrought is the word, with rampant italicizations of syllables as well as words (like "My daughter has disappeared!" and "The money!"). In the Cooper version, Rich People are dull people who talk too much, and discerning people won't bother to listen. (Kirkus Reviews)show more