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Amid the cactus wilds some two hundred miles from Hollywood lies a privileged oasis called Desert D'Or. It is a place for starlets and would-be starlets, directors, studio execs, and the well-groomed lowlifes who cater to them. And, as imagined by Norman Mailer in this blistering classic of 1950s Hollywood, Desert D'Or is a moral proving ground, where men and women discover what they really want - and how far they are willing to go to get it. As Mailer traces their couplings and uncouplings, their uneasy flirtation with success and self-extinction, he creates a legendary portrait of America's machinery of desire.

©1955, and copyright renewed 1983 Norman Mailer. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Horrible

Worst book I’ve ever read. Couldn’t even finish it! Didn’t understand the plot. Waste of money.

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  • Frond Flayfixer
  • 05-16-18

Great book, wonderful narrator

This is the kind of book that lands you right in a certain place and time (in this case California in the 1950s), populated by intruiging characters and description that manages to be both terse and lush. The atmosphere is wonderful, but there's little plot and no central character, so it demands quite a lot of patience from the reader at times.

I wanted to put a word in for the narrator, who does a wonderful job, moderating his voice perfectly to express the many and varied characters, including the women (no mean feat!). I find it so hard to find a narrator who doesn't end up annoying me, so this alone was a joy.

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  • Stevie
  • 03-31-17

Relatives shouldn't always be narrators

Great bits of writing in between naff scenes made worse by monotone narration with silly faux female voices. Incredibly irritating narrative voice , read the book instead !