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79 Park Avenue (English Edition) par [Robbins, Harold]
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From the author of The New York Times #1 best-selling novel The Carpetbaggers comes a story of a tragic love triangle between Marja Fluudjincki (aka Maryann Flood), an ambitious and sensual young woman from the slums who is forced into prostitution, but reinvents herself as an elegant Park Avenue madam; Mike Keyes, a hardworking, honest man who works his way up to Assistant District Attorney and is the only man Marja ever loved; and Ross Drego, who introduces her to money and the gambler’s world of Joker Martin, and is willing to pay any price for her. And does.

79 Park Avenue starts on the seedy streets of inner NYC and ends on luxurious Park Avenue. Over time, Marja claws her way from street urchin to stripper—ultimately becoming the madam of a Mob-owned pleasure empire. Marja—now known as Maryann—provides access to the city’s most exciting and sensual “escorts.” But when Maryann runs afoul of the law, endangering her empire and angering the Mob, she must face an ambitious prosecutor who stands to benefit by bringing down the call girl ring. However, unbeknownst to the indefatigable ADA Mike Keyes, fate has dealt him a devastating blow. The madam he’s been chasing, Maryann Flood, is none other than the love of his life who has repeatedly broken his heart, Marja Fluudjincki.

Does he set aside his personal feelings for the sake of justice, or fall under Maryann’s seductive spell, betraying his life’s work? Knowing that Maryann is unafraid to use seduction to get what she wants, will Mike fall prey to her charm and violate his solid sense of justice?

Harold Robbins presents a vision of post-WWII New York that is as common now in shows like Revenge as it was then—a stark reminder that corruption, greed, and vengeance are timeless. Spending 12 weeks on The New York Times best sellers list, this novel tells a sizzling story of sexuality, power, and lust that inspired the 1977 Golden Globe®-winning miniseries of the same name.

About the Author

Harold Robbins (1916–1997) is one of the best-selling American fiction writers of all time, ranking 5th on the World’s Best-Selling Fiction Author List just behind William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. He wrote over 25 best-selling novels, sold more than 750 million copies in 42 languages and spent over 300 weeks combined on The New York Times best sellers list. His books were adapted into 13 commercially successful films and also television series that garnered numerous Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® nominations starring Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and more.

The self-proclaimed “world’s best writer in plain English,” Robbins wrote novels that resonated with audiences due to their graphic depictions of sex, violence, power and drugs, and the multilayered complexities of his characters, as evidenced by his best-selling novels Never Love a Stranger, The Carpetbaggers, Where Love Has Gone, and The Adventurers. He once said in an interview: “People make their own choices every day about what they are willing to do. We don’t have the right to judge them or label them. At least walk in their shoes before you do.”

Robbins’ personal life was as fascinating to the public as his novels. An enthusiastic participant in the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, Robbins cultivated a “playboy” image and maintained friendships with stars including Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dino De Laurentiis, Robert Evans, Ringo Starr, Barbara Eden, Lena Horne and Quincy Jones, and was one of the first novelists to be prominently featured in gossip magazines, earning him the title of “The World’s First Rock Star Author.”

Biographie de l'auteur

With more than 750 million copies of his books sold, Harold Robbins is the best-selling American fiction author of all time. Born in New York in 1916, Robbins created twenty-four of the most popular novels in literary history, stories that have been translated into movies and miniseries, and into thirty-two languages worldwide.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Had me from the start.... 17 juin 2014
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I got this book for free after seeing it on the Kindle Buffett list. I did not know the author and just thought that the book would interest me. Marja Fluudjinicki a/k/a MaryAnn Flood is a Polish teenage girl who is hypersexualized at an early age (albeit not sexually active per se) by men. Marja has learned that she has power over men through her body and use of feminine wiles and every time someone described her it made me think of Jessica Rabbit ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way...") Marja is insightful, wise and honest so she has qualities that also endear her to the men who see her body before they "see" her. Marja is pursued by a rich kid (Ross Drego) who is obsessed with her mainly because she is an enigma to him and he really wants to control and possess her (as he does all things). At the same time, Marja is actually in love with Ross' friend (Mike Keyes - rhymes with eyes) but either fails to believe she deserves his love or wants to avoid being hurt when his love disappoints her. The story is set in the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Ross aspires to be a mover and shaker in the crime syndicate while Mike is a good guy studying to be a police officer and always does the right thing. Marja, Ross and Mike move in an out of each other's lives and the story starts with Mike, an Assistant District Attorney in the present being forced to prosecute his lost love Marja for Prostitution, Bribery and other crimes committed while she acts as a madam (fronting as a model agency) for the crime syndicate. In the beginning Mike is reciting Marja's contacts with the criminal justice system as a backdrop to turn the jury against her, however the story later unfolds from the perspective of the past that led her to court and you get the background for each of those contacts listed in Court; although the story is told in a way that you only recognize after the fact that you have context for her past as described by the D.A. This book is a lost love/lost opportunity story for Mike and Marja but also a commentary about what life events could lead a presumably good girl to a life where she becomes a professional prostitute.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not very good 25 juin 2014
Par morehumanthanhuman - Publié sur
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This book was originally published in 1955. Not being super-familiar with the popular literature of the 1950s, I'm not sure how this stacks up, but I'll tell you this: this is no The End Of The Affair, it's not even Peyton Place.

It's the story of a young woman in New York who is robbed of her virtue (in true retro style, once she's raped her attitude is "Why bother?") and is thus, alas, unable to love the man who loves her. Despite the fact that she lacks any abilities beyond beauty, blonde hair, and a certain hardscabble "Never say die" attitude, he improbably moons over her for decades. Various high drama events propel the plot along (a love affair with a rich drunk, fistfights with mobsters, etc) until the virtuous DA who never stopped loving her winds up prosecuting her after she's arrested for running a major prostitution ring.

It's a fairly easy read, but there's nothing here. The scenes that were probably exciting for previous generations fall flat today and the characterization is beyond flat. Mary Ann (she goes by several names in the story, I'm just going with the last one) doesn't come across as a consistent character, she's just a blonde mannequin moving through the plot.

Unless you're reading this for the nostalgia factor, I recommend skipping.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Born into poverty 25 janvier 2017
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Cathy Sanchez just finished this book (79 Park Avenue) This book is true to life of family born into poverty with not many options. Her fathers dies when she is 15 years old and her mother married her husband friend, who turn out to be a drunk and can't hold a job, then her mother dies and teenagers has to take care of her baby brother and has to earn money to support the family. Heartbreaking just couldn't put down the book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great characters, plot, and book 14 août 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It's a story about how a girl coming from nothing but wanting everything ends up getting involved with the wrong people/mob. She starts out with strict morals, but as life continues to give her unfortunate circumstances, she is forced to make decisions that lead her away from the one person who has created happiness for her. Years later, that man is the one to prosecute her on her criminal involvement in the mob. I think the book ended the exact way it should have - realistic and true to the characters. Only gave it 4 stars because it was a little slow in the beginning and had trouble getting past the first couple chapters. After that things picked up and I couldn't wait to see what happened. Definitely will recommend to others.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gritty Survival 11 mars 2015
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I first read this novel in the 60's and now I am in my 60's!!! Wonderful read and even better now that I have experienced more of life. I live in Australia and having been to New York, it just brought the novel alive to me. I could not put tis one down and totally enjoyed reading how the characters' lives unfolded. This was way better the second time around. I am still a bit of an innocent in life's experiences but really appreciated getting into the nitty gritty of such a lifestyle which stemmed from drastic circumstances. When I first read it, I wanted to be radical and risqué but this time around, I wanted to be entertained and it produced.
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