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  • Title: The Return of the Player
  • Author: Michael Tolkin
  • ISBN: 9780802118011
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Published to great acclaim and adapted into a celebrated movie by Robert Altman, The Player defined the new Hollywood and became a cult classic In The Return of the Player, film executive Griffin Mill, who got away with murder, is out to make a killing Determined to escape a Hollywood and a world he believes are dying, Griffin needs a safe haven, a private island somewhePublished to great acclaim and adapted into a celebrated movie by Robert Altman, The Player defined the new Hollywood and became a cult classic In The Return of the Player, film executive Griffin Mill, who got away with murder, is out to make a killing Determined to escape a Hollywood and a world he believes are dying, Griffin needs a safe haven, a private island somewhere in the South Pacific with an airstrip and high ground But he s broke, down to his last 6 million He has one last desperate plan, to quit the studio and convince Phil Ginsberg, an almost billionaire who aspires to really savage wealth, to become his partner Meanwhile, his personal life is falling apart He is impotent and allergic to Viagra His second marriage is broken, perhaps permanently, and he s beginning to think he shouldn t have divorced his first wife And if that s not enough, Griffin even has to commit another murder when his plan nearly collapses With The Return of the Player, his fourth novel, Tolkin again delivers a brilliant, incisive portrait of power, wealth, family, and contemporary society gone out of control.
    The Return of the Player Published to great acclaim and adapted into a celebrated movie by Robert Altman The Player defined the new Hollywood and became a cult classic In The Return of the Player film executive Griffin Mill

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    1. June wants to resist Griffin s gloomy expectations of a collapsed world, but the parents she knows are worn out from the burden of children, and she believes that the death of purpose, the death of the family as a unit of physical survival in a nature that yields food only by the work of a group, is the omen of global death, because the parents feel the uselessness of their efforts No matter how much they tried, the children were awful, even the sweetest They graduated from high school with the [...]

    2. I would give this book a 2.5The Return of the Player satirizes Hollywood and shows consumerism at its worst The characters in the book seem insatiable in their wants They are materially rich but morally poor A Hollywood character who is both sincere and down to earth as well as materially rich is really a rare find The question remains can one have both I think it is sad that Griffin Mill leaves June for Lisa It seems to me that June is his real soul mate someone who wants both companionship of [...]

    3. So, even though it is obviously set in L.A Hollywood, the school, family, insane wealth dynamics all felt like they could easily be on the North Shore here Might be the only book ever that made me think, maybe, being an investment banker wouldn t guarantee that I d end up happy.Then again deleted spoiler about the very end goes here So, you know, hard to tell.All in all, a fun read I don t remember what I thought when I read The Player originally, though obviously always loved the movie and so, [...]

    4. Man, what a disappointment I had some trepidation about the notion of a sequel to The Player The first 25 or so pages of this book were enjoyable Then it just sunk down the toilet from there At times it was a rushed sloppy mess that I think Tolkin had envisioned as a sequel before every plotting out the story fully.

    5. Yes, Griffin gets out of jail and gives rise to a sequel I got this for a dollar in the bargain bin at Kepler s, and it was a fine value at that price a snarky Hollywood tale that lightly entertains with no particular literary effect on me Fans of Big Love might find special interest here Let me know if you want it and it s yours.

    6. I m not sure how I stumbled upon this book, I often buy books at the public library used book sales for 10 cents to a dollar This one was probably worth the 10 cents I seldom don t finish a book I ve started, and although I enjoyed this one, my time could have been better spent.

    7. A great read The only reason I didn t give it 5 stars is that it s not as good as The Road or God of Small Things, but it is a really good book and I highly recommend it It s funny and has a VERY CREATIVE ending that I loved.

    8. This book is a send up of the Hollywood and associated New Rich There are some very funny insights and scenes, but the book is not nearly so profound as the author thinks His views, alas, are often quite tiresome.

    9. One of the worst books I have read in a long, long time Poor characterization, stupid dialog, dumb story, cheesy ending Wow, is this bad.

    10. This in many ways may be one of the great LA novels It is really about a kind of redemptive trajectory and really mature

    11. Not as tightly plotted or as spot on satire as the first but very enjoyable and heart felt If only Griffin Mill was running the show

    12. I like Tolkin s brand of satire At least I hope it s satire.Plot construction and character development was a bit porous.

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