The Love Machine (novel)
|Publisher||Simon and Schuster|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||512 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-553-10530-2 (first edition, hardback)|
|Preceded by||Valley of the Dolls|
|Followed by||Once Is Not Enough|
The Love Machine is a 1969 novel written by Jacqueline Susann. Her first book following her successful Valley of the Dolls, it was published by Simon and Schuster in June 1969. While it ultimately was not as successful as Dolls, it was an enormous best-seller and, like its predecessor, it is something of a "roman à clef". In 1971 it was adapted into a film of the same title.
The Love Machine tells the story of Robin Stone, a charismatic young man who becomes the president of a television network. There are two major things that distinguish "The Love Machine" from Jacqueline Susann's other novels: the main character is a man, and the book has a happy ending.
Stone is rapidly climbing the corporate ladder and breaking the hearts of many women along the way. Regardless of the fact that he always makes it clear that he's not interested in a long-term relationship, women still tend to fall for him. The book is divided into three main sections devoted to the women who are affected by Robin the most: Amanda, a beautiful and emotional model; Maggie, a brilliant journalist; and Judith, a middle-aged socialite.
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