Peyton Place

Peyton PlaceFirst Published In , Peyton Place Uncovers The Passions, Lies And Cruelties That Simmer Beneath The Surface Of A Postcard Perfect Town At The Centre Of The Novel Are Three Women, Each With A Secret To Hide Constance MacKenzie, The Original Desperate Housewife Her Daughter Allison, Whose Dreams Are Stifled By Small Town Small Mindedness And Selena Cross, Her Gypsy Eyed Friend From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks

Grace Metalious was an American author, best known for the controversial novel Peyton Place.She was born into poverty and a broken home as Marie Grace de Repentigny in the mill town of Manchester, New Hampshire Blessed with the gift of imagination, she was driven to write from an early age After graduating from Manchester High School Central, she married George Metalious in 1943, became a

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Peyton Place
  • Grace Metalious
  • English
  • 04 April 2019
  • 9781555534004

10 thoughts on “Peyton Place

  1. says:

    like melrose place i couldn t put it down part of me wished i was reading it in 1951, hiding the copy in a clothes hamper next to a bottle of vodka.

  2. says:

    I thought this book was excellent and I give the author cudos for writing this book when she did and to the publisher for publishing it I was waffling at 4.5 stars and given this plus the author s writing I decided to rate it 5 on GR rather than down to 4 since GR doesn t offer 1 2 stars.I felt like a nosy neighbor of Peyton Place reading this book It s not a gripping page turner, for me it was a book to be savored it took me a month to read it I was very involved with each of the main characters lives and goings on and that s just what this book is We observe the lives of a cast of characters of a small New England town Peyton Place There are MANY very serious issues that are dealt with in this book rape, unwed pregnancies, yet it is never written in a sordid fashion In addition, the character development is outstanding I mentioned the writing exquisite I was captivated from the first sentence Indian summer is like a woman Ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle, she comes and goes as she pleases so that one is never sure whether she will come at all, nor for how long she will stay Having been born and raised in New England, I remember exactly what Indian summers were like A true classic

  3. says:

    I had to go down to four stars because I thought the ending fizzled, but this was darn close to a five star read I was expecting something lurid a la Jacqueline Susann, but this is actually like a New England y version of To Kill a Mockingbird class conflict, racism, and closely kept secrets in a small town The other closest comparison would be to Stephen King, in that Peyton Place features an enormous cast of very New England y characters, as well as many digressions into their thoughts and plans, no matter how unflattering some of these may be.There are a lot of things I want to say about this book, but I don t want to give any spoilers since I myself have such an intense aversion to them Suffice to say I m going to be combing the racks of my local used bookstores for copies of Return to Peyton Place. I don t care if sequels are rarely as good as originals, I m going back One additional point I thought was worth mentioning it s a shame that this book has a reputation as being Valley of the Dolls esque, because it s not lurid or sexual in the same way In this way, I feel like it s a similar book to Lolita in that the title has become a shorthand for people who haven t read it to refer to something that the book is not about at all Lolita isn t a youthful seductress what Nabokov puts across again and again in his prose is that she s a child who is being sexually exploited Similarly here, we get actually a pretty well rounded spectrum of hetero sexuality, from abuse and rape to positive, woman friendly sex If you re looking for lesbian incest and nuns being gang raped, don t read Peyton Place instead read Jacqueline Susann s Once is Not Enough, in which all of the above and way, way occur.

  4. says:

    Without a question, my favorite read of all time I ve re read it every Fall since my first time in 1986.Forget about the naysayers who write it off as mere soap, Metalious earthy descriptions of the seasons alone are worth it Anyone from a small town will be able to relate, but this is a MUST for anyone from a New England smalltown We summered next door to the small town upon which this novel was based, and this one hits the nail right on the head Enjoy And if you do like it, I highly suggest Metalious other works as well Excepting the somewhat obvious sequel which she didn t want to write , THE TIGHT WHITE COLLAR and NO APPLE IN EDEN are also winners written in a similar vein.

  5. says:

    Okay, I really finished this I m glad I read to the end, certain things in this very long narrative come to their conclusion there I compared Peyton Place to Young Adult, and there is a basic, for everyone ness about it But it is not badly written It s smart and real From 1956I wanted to read this, it is so significant to culture, to the rise of paperback books What I did read felt like Young Adult with lots of sex So it makes sense that it would be so phenomenally popular In the 1950s I might read it sometime But I ll probably

  6. says:

    One of the many things I remember from my childhood home is my mothers bookshelf which included the usual Readers Digest Omnibus books, a copy of Teach Yourself Italian, Norah Lofts, a book about Shackletons Adventures in Antarctica, Lady Chatterleys Lover and Peyton PLace I can t remember if any of the books ever moved from their place on that shelf which would indicate that someone was reading them my mother never spoke about either of the two banned books and I was never, even slightly interested in looking at them let alone read them My mothers copy of Peyton Place has long gone but a review on GRs rekindled the memory of it s place on that shelf and I decided it was long overdue a visit Oh happy day, Oh joy when I started to read this It tells the stories of three women two from girlhood to womanhod from small town NE during the late thirties and early forties and whilst many refer to it as soap I believe along with many others that nothing could be further from the truth The stories of these women cover subjects, which at the time were pushed under the carpet, and in general ignored as either not taking place at all or only in the very rarest of circumstances, whereas in reality these things incest, abortion, domestic violence were situations faced by many women It is also a book which is open about the sexuality of women which I guess at the time was something that women weren t, sexual that is I can see why it caused a stir It portrays people and situations exactly as they are, a side of people that at the time, some would like to think did not exist The story though is not solely about women, many of the things that take place in Peyton Place happen to men and the story is as much theirs from the town big shot who rides rough shod over everyone and who raises his son to be equally as arrogant, to the newspaper publisher who seems to be to afraid to be controversial, and the little boy, raised by his strange mother, who harbours sadomasochistic inclinations.I loved it and as this was a library copy intend to to get my hands on my very own copy sooner rather than later.

  7. says:

    At times reminiscent of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or the sprawling New England cast of IT, PEYTON PLACE starts out strong, but eventually sags under the weight of too many characters and too many plotlines The friendship of Selena Cross and Allison MacKenzie is pretty interesting, and I became especially invested in Selena Unfortunately, the two characters drift apart, and the focus is lost You know you re in trouble if ink is spent on Allison having sex with her married boyfriend, a guy who isn t even introduced until the last two chapters, than on Selena Cross s own murder trial Oops I also have to mention how I hated having to read about the romantic trials and tribulations of Constance MacKenzie and Mike Rossi aka Tomas Makris She s a neurotic mess, he s a pontificating rapist I kept thinking, Please take me back to Selena s POV but alas, twas not to be in fact, the story ends with Allison realizing what a swell guy Mike really is Feh Also, how creepy is Norman Bates I mean Norman Page I laughed at the reviewer who said he seemed like a serial killer in training Because, yeah He really is, down to killing innocent animals I hoped he would come to a spectacular end, but alas twas not to be He kind of disappears from the story, like Chuck Cunningham from Happy Days Anyway, the book is worth reading, but after I finished it I had to listen to some cleansing punk rock Apart from Selena, the good doctor Matt Swain and possibly newspaper owner Seth Buswell, everyone in PEYTON PLACE is an asshole Where is Pennywise the Clown when you need him

  8. says:

    I must confess I read this book on a bit of a lark This is the only book my mother ever forbid me to read Back in the 50s when it first came out, it was all the rage, but considered quite shocking by many midwesterners At the time, I was too young to care whether or not I read I had too many other fun things to do Over the years I thought about reading it several times, but never followed through It took me over 30 years to finally sit down and read it It is a remarkable and powerful book Metalious sharply describes life in small town America in the 50s One of my favorite parts of the book was actually the introduction by Ardis Cameron who presents an excellent description of the novel s treatment of class, gender, race, ethnicity and power Reading it, it was easy to believe that Metalious was a true feminist who purposefully depicted the social anatomy of a community to expose the quiet acceptance of hideous things like child abuse, incest, and rape There are many positive forces and personalities in the book as well I m awfully glad I finally sat down to read this book Don t rent the video or watch reruns of the TV show should they ever reappear Do sit down and read this classic from a fresh perspective In my opinion, Grace was a feminist when it was terribly difficult to be one the 1950s.

  9. says:

    SCANDALOUS Yes, even by today s standards this book is quite the scandalous read I ve heard it spoken of with winks and nudges since I was a kid, and finally decided to read it and well Affairs, abortions, drunken benders, legal and political machinations, unhappy marriages, abuse, swears, religious crises, it s all there Peyton Place seems like a nice, quiet little town, until you peer behind the curtains, and then the ugly underbelly is revealed The book was highly addictive, told in a gossipy style that was like reading a tabloid or listening to a nosy neighbor dish the dirt The one thing I didn t really like about it is that very few of the stories really resolved It follows a handful of Peyton Place residents over ten years, but then it just ends Not that I thought all their problems should be neatly tidied away, but most of the characters drop off the face of the earth and there s no real resolution for the others, either I was also a little annoyed at the fact that she set the book during the mid thirties, early forties, but didn t bother to do any research Girls are described wearing halter tops and short shorts during the summer in 1937 I don t think so , and no one mentions the stock market or banks failing or anything like that If she didn t keep telling the reader the year, you would think it was the 1950 s, when the book was written.

  10. says:

    I read this many years ago Saw the movie Watched the TV series I guess you can say I was hooked even as a young woman It was the Fifty Shades of Gray in its day even people who closed their eyes to such trash were engaged in conversations about Peyton Place I m now about to begin the novel Unbuttoning America by Ardis Cameron A academic book about the history and culture influence of Peyton Place Sound be interesting

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