The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont
ISBN: 0385543166
EAN13: 9780385543163
Language: English
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1" H x 9.25" L x 6.13" W
Weight: 1.57 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Since 1929, Hollywood's brightest stars have flocked to the Chateau Marmont as if it were a second home. An apartment building-turned-hotel, the Chateau has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: where director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies; John Belushi suffered a fatal overdose; and Lindsay Lohan got the boot after racking up nearly $50,000 in charges in less than two months. But despite its mythic reputation, much of what has happened inside the Chateau's walls has eluded the public eye--until now. With wit and insight, Shawn Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, the births and deaths to which the hotel has been a party. Vivid, salacious, and richly informed, The Castle on Sunset is a glittering tribute to Hollywood as seen from inside the walls of its most hallowed hotel.

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   Not so hot
Apart from the story being told, the print is very small and I have a hard time even with readers to enjoy it. It is quite factual on the previous owners and what it costs, but not so much for the juicier things. I do have a ways to go, so that it gets better sometimes.
 
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   Loved it!
I was not sure that I would like this book, but I certainly did. I thought it was going to be just old Hollywood, but it was so much more. It told great stories and terrible ones of the guests of the hotel along with the history of Sunset Boulevard. I found it really interesting and a history that I thought I knew, but didn 't.
 
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   fantastic for non fiction lovers
Great book that tells you the real history of Chateau and not the folklore that people have heard. I think that a lot of people who were not happy with the book missed the point that all the juicy gossip they wanted was actually true, but there is still plenty of crazy stuff that happens in the book. I will admit though that the first quarter of the book are historical people that none of us know today, but you don 't have to know everyone to still enjoy it. One thing though, if you are an avid non - fiction lover who enjoys facts that might be considered dry to some, you will really enjoy it, but if you aren 't, this book isn 't for you.
 
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   Covers the darker Rock and Roll years
Intuite is a super easy to read, fast, and informative with lots of history and information. Yes, Life at the Marmont is another good book on the subject, but I appreciated this volume's coverage of the early 1960s and late 1970's, when the Chateau was a huud, and is the best Eve Babitz years before Belushi died. It also touches some of the gay history that has previously been unacknowledged in life. I read it all over again in less than 48 hours and loved it.
 
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   Painstakingly detailed
I enjoyed very much the detailed history of the hotel, but better editing would help. Otherwise, I enjoyed the read very much.
 
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   Just a boringly told string of facts
I looked forward to reading this book, but was very disappointed by the outdated writing style that made potentially interesting material singularly boring.
 
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   Fun and Interesting
I have read all Levy's books and enjoyed each of them, including this, his latest. A history of Hollywood through the prism of Chateau Marmont, this book is and informative, interesting and well written social history. Maybe not my favorite Levy, but well worth the read if you're interested in a social history of Hollywood and its denizens.
 
5
   Fun read
I enjoyed reading about this place I heard about my life. Most of its secrets aren 't available because they prided themselves on privacy.
 
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   Interesting Book!
Of course, it was fun to read about all the famous people who stayed there and some of the wild things that happened.
 
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   Rehash
Borrrring... there is nothing new here that you can read or google on Wikipedia. The neighboring tidbit was about the origin of whiskey being a Gogo, a fascinating and neighboring property. The first hundred pages of this book is his assertion of how private, sedate, and remote the property is. Then over and over again. Oh, did I mention it is sedate and remote... and private?
 
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