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In 1956 Grace Metalious published Peyton Place, the novel that unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination, transformed the publishing industry, topped the bestseller lists for more than a year, and made its young author one of the most talked-about people in America. In 1959 the sizzling sequel, Return to Peyton Place, picked up where Peyton Place leIn 1956 Grace Metalious published Peyton Place, the novel that unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination, transformed the publishing industry, topped the bestseller lists for more than a year, and made its young author one of the most talked-about people in America. In 1959 the sizzling sequel, Return to Peyton Place, picked up where Peyton Place left off: Allison MacKenzie, now the author of America's #1 bestseller, is thrown into the glamorous whirl of the smart set of New York and Hollywood. At home, the rest of the most controversial characters in 1950s American fiction continue to create a stir in this ongoing expose of sex, hypocrisy, social inequity, and class privilege in contemporary America. Peyton Place, the small, seemingly respectable New England town, is revealed as a vividly realistic cauldron of secrets and scandal. Peyton Place and its sequel, Return to Peyton Place, the books that readers used to hide under their mattresses, are now recognized by scholars as the Silent Generation's Perfect Storm and predecessors to the women's liberation movement. Treat yourself to this rediscovered classic....

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Number of Pages : 238 Pages
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Return to Peyton Place Reviews

  • Good Books Good Friends
    2019-04-21 12:12

    Plutôt un 3,5. J'étais ravie de retrouver Peyton Place et ses habitants mais il m'a manqué le plaisir de la découverte et j'ai eu l'impression que certaines histoires étaient un peu bâclées.

  • Olesya
    2019-04-22 09:14

    Mislim da je najveći razlog zašto volim romane ''Gradić Payton'' i ''Povratak u gradić Payton'' upravo taj što se malograđanština opisana u romanu može primjeniti na svako malo mjesto bilo ono u Americi ili bilo gdje drugdje. Živeći u malom selu u kojem svako sve zna, nisam mogla ne poistovjetiti se s nekim likovima, događajima u romanima. Nije ni čudo što su ovi romani izazvali tolike senzacije 1956. kada su se pojavili na sceni, napisani iz pera, tada nepoznate Grace Metalious, inače 32-godišnje rastavljene domaćice s troje djece. Autorica je opisala živote u malom američkom gradiću, razotkrivajući način života u maloj sredini, ljudi i događaja, atmosfere, prilike u kojima žive i njihovih sudbina. Osim toga, kritika je oštro osuđivala spomenute romane zbog opisanog erotizma i ''najgrubljeg naturalizma''. U prilog tome svjedoči to da je nakon objavljivanja romana prognana iz rodnog mjesta. Neki bi možda za ove romane rekle da su tipična sapunica. Za mene svakako predstavljaju nešto puno više od toga. Život u gradiću kojeg će autorica u romanu opisati kao 'zgodan, miran i daleko od svakog meteža' je zasigurno sve samo ne to. Okosnicu romana čine sudbine dviju dvjevojaka: Alisson i Selene. Iako su odrastale zajedno i bile najbolje prijateljice, život ih je odveo drugim putem. Selenin život nije bio nimalo lak i kroz njezin lik autorica progovara o teškim socijalnim prilikama, razorenoj obitelji, silovanju, abortusu i samoubojstvu. A druge strane, Alisson je odrasla bez oca, i laži o svojem porijeklu, ali zahvaljujući svom talentu pisanja ostvaruje uspješnu karijeru. Autorica oslikava karaktere brojnih drugih likova koji imaju svoju simpatičnu ulogu u ovom graću:Mike i Constance (Alissonina majka i očuh): čini mi se da nema simpatičnijeg ljubavnog para od njih dvoje. Jednostvno, poželim da u poznim godina i ja budem tako zaljubljena kao njih dvoje. (''Mike je nježno poljubi i pomisli da nema ničeg ljepše na svijetu nego ovako ležati uz ženu koju voli, u svojoj postelji i u svojoj kući.'')Betty – koja čitatelja iznenađuje svojom hrabrošću, odlučnošću i na koncu - lukavošću Elita iz Kestenove ulice koja svaki petak igra poker, a posebno doktor Swain koji igra posebnu ulogu u Seleninom životu. Clayton Trazier – koji uvijek mora biti kontra svih i vječito pogađa vremensku prognozuRoberta koja se lažno smješka svojoj snahi, a u stvarnosti čita kriminalističke romane kako bi smislila način na koji je ubiti.Leslie Harington za kojeg još nisam sigurna kaje li se što je otjerao Betty iz grada kada je saznao da je trudna s njegovim sinom i je li se smekšalo kameno srce ovog starca kada je vidio svog unuka ...I brojni drugi likovi koji su me naučili da ...''Ne valja razmišljati mnogo o nečemu, a da se nikad ne govori o tome.'' (Selena)''Raditi oko nečega što si sam izabrao jedno je od zaista velikih zadovoljstava koje daje život. Rad liječi bolje nego vrijeme. ''(David Noyes)''Suviše se toga događa i kada se što dogodi ljudi uvijek kažu ''ovo neću nikada zaboraviti, a zatim se slika s vremenom zamagli, pa se napokon ničeg više dobro ne sjećaju.''''Svatko od nas ima svoje razloge za svoje osjećaje, ali su osjećaji ti i mi se ne možemo izbaviti od njih.'' (Brad Holmes)''Muškarac je star tek kad istoši svu zalihu svoje ljubavi.''''Kad se ljudi u nekom gradiću raspale, oni mogu prilično zagorčati život svakome tko ih je razbjesnio.''''Ali mi ne biramo objekte svoje ljubavi, ljubav bira nas. Ljubavnici mogu uvijek naći ispriku što nose bol drugima, a ta je isprika uvijek samo ljubav.''''Ljubavnici su ludi, služe se šašavim, nemogućim riječima. A što je još gore, vjeruju u njih.''''Čitati knjigu jest znak da smo nekoliko sati bili sami. A biti sam jest izraz koji ulijeva ljudima najviše straha od doba kada je kuga harala Europom.'' (Rita Moor)''Ima stvari koje naučiš samo tako što živiš i držiš oči otvorene. Ne moraš osobno iskušavati svakojake muškarce da uvidiš da ih ima koji su se rodili stari i da ih ima koji su još mladi i u šezdesetoj godini.''''Ljudska bila su tako čudesno građena da se naviknu na užitak isto tako brzo kao i na jad.''

  • Tiny Pants
    2019-05-07 12:19

    Weirdly, nearly a year after reading Peyton Place I finally got around to the sequel. I managed to procure a copy of it literally last January, but it was while I was on an all-around depressing vacation, and to top it off, the woman who sold it to me was just an absolute bitch. Seriously. Helpful hint: If you're running a decrepit used bookstore in an out-of-the-way strip mall in Palm Springs, you should be grateful anyone's coming in at all, not making fun of their taste and then looking up the value of the book online to be sure you don't accidentally sell someone a collectible for $1.50. Had I any spine I would have told her off and left without buying it, but a) Duh, I don't and b) I really wanted the book.Nonetheless, instead of taking it out on her, I took it out on the book. Every time I picked it up to read it, I would remember the encounter and just get a bad taste in my mouth. I'm sorry it had to be that way, because this is actually a quite enjoyable book. The original was better (what else is new), but this one certainly scratches the itch. I think the main thing I liked less (besides that it was a lot shorter!) was the focus on Allison MacKenzie through darn near the entire thing. We hardly get any Selena Cross, or Connie, or really anyone else -- there's less of the small-town texture that makes the first book really shine. Yes, we do get a few subplots, but they feel a little bit tacked on, like the publisher sent it back to Metalious with notes saying "More shocking!" "More salacious!" etc. Mostly, this is interesting though as Metalious' sort of note back to her publisher, and to her readers, and to the media, and to the American public at large. The focus is really on Allison because Allison is a vehicle for Metalious to tell her side of the story about the fame and infamy of Peyton Place (and, I would imagine, how displeased she was with the milquetoast film and TV versions created from it). As a meta-book, it's reasonably interesting, but again, I wished for more of the town itself. The good news I guess is that I also bought The Tight White Collar when I bought this one. Now if I can just get the icky memory of that nasty bookseller out of my head, maybe I can get around to reading that one, too.

  • Debra
    2019-04-27 12:56

    While I do love this old classic, Connie Mackenzie's new husbands name in Peyton Place was Tomas Makris and in Return to Peyton Place his name is Michael Rossi....this was confusing until I did a little research about the reason for this...apparently the character of Tomas Makris, bore the name and description of a resident and co-worker of Metalious's school teacher husband...he sued for libel and won an out-of-court settlement for $60,000...Tom Makris was renamed Michael Rossi....

  • Susan Liston
    2019-05-14 11:02

    Just read an article about Grace Metalious and she wrote this book solely because she needed the money. But as she was drinking a fifth of liquor a day, the first manuscript was so unintelligible a ghostwriter had to be hired to clean it up. Some of the story is autobiographical, how a small town reacts to the author of a salacious book about a small town (her teacher husband really did lose his job the way her step-father in the book does) and how she dealt with the Hollywood adaptation. But it does all feel sort of unnecessary, and the side plot of an attempted murder and the (very predictable) fate of Alison's lover are just plain silly.

  • Roberta
    2019-05-05 15:55

    Ritorno a Peyton Place non è propriamente un sequel di Peyton Place in quanto segue principalmente la storia di Allison MacKenzie e del successo del suo romanzo. E' probabile che l'autrice stesse cercando di dire la sua con questo libro: a quanto pare lo scrisse solo perché la 20th Century Fox, che aveve già girato il film basato sul primo libro, decise di farne un seguito. Grace Metalious non era d'accordo ma lo studio decise comunque di proseguire e a lei non restò che l'opzione di raccontare la sua versione. Ho anche trovato un'altra versione: ovvero che l'autrice accettò di scrivere questo seguito solo perché era senza soldi a causa del suo alcolismo e della sua vita sfrenata, e che consegnò un manoscritto di 96 pagine che venne rimpolpato da un ghost writer.robertabookshelf.blogspot.it/2013/11/...

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-06 11:14

    It's not a bad book, but it's not Peyton Place. The place, the characters are the same (except for Tom who is became Mike Rossi, which is a very greek name if you wanna know) but the intentions of the book are completely different. For me, at least.It's the story of Allison, not of the city...but maybe I was expecting too much because I've just finished to read the first one and I've deeply loved it.As I said it's not a bad book, it's enjoyable and funny and gossipfull (t's not even a word I think), but I prefer to consider Return to Peyton Place a completely differnt story, not the sequel of the first one. And I'm still annoyed, after more than two hundred pages, because of the name-changing from Tom Markis to Mike Rossi...because REALLY? You couldn't find nothing better than a italian name for a greek man?

  • Lisa-Jaine
    2019-04-21 10:08

    My advice don't read the foreword it is full of spoilers, I only read half before moving on to the novel. The first novel had us meeting the town characters and uncovering their secrets and weaknesses whereas this one has less of the town members and is totally focused on Allison as the main character who sells her book and discovers what publishing really is like. To me this seemed like Grace Metalious' chance to speak about her disappointment of the TV series and films based on her books. I did enjoy this book but it wasn't as good as the first in my opinion.

  • Sarah Craighead
    2019-05-08 10:01

    I am glad that this one is over because holy crap, I don't think my poor bones can handle any more drama. This one read a little more like an auto-biography of the author, but I didn't mind. I was happy to see my characters again, and more than a little troubled at some of the freak men they apparently had walking around in 1950's New Hampshire.

  • Jon
    2019-05-08 12:04

    More secret shenanigans in the town but this time with the authoress being targeted for telling the world about them. Good, juicy goings-on partially tempered by a "been there, done that" sense. Made into a movie which eliminated one of the key plot points (attempted murder that backfires.)

  • Karen
    2019-05-07 14:06

    More of the same.....wrapped up the unanswered questions from the first book. Why did Constance's husband have a name change?

  • Christina Dudley
    2019-04-27 17:07

    Whew. Finished. If not for the Bestseller Puzzle Reading Challenge and my commitment to read this book, I would have abandoned it because I remembered not being crazy about the original PEYTON PLACE when my book club read it.In fact, that was one of only two things I recalled about the original PEYTON PLACE:1. That the teenagers played Spin the Bottle; and2. That is was soap-opera-y and trashy and I didn't like it.RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE picks up where the original left off, and I had to read a plot summary to remind me of the characters and their over-the-top situations. Yes, I know the first book blew the lid off small New England town life when it was published, much in the way the town gets turned upside down in THE HELP (another non-favorite of mine), but I can't help thinking Metalious kept a paper bag full of Horrible Things People Do or Have Done to Them beside her typewriter, and she would just reach in when inspiration was required. RETURN has the added detraction of having character Alison become, like Metalious herself, a successful bestselling author whose book causes a stir and gets made into a movie. Which means we have to trek through all the behind-the-scenes of the publishing biz and Hollywood and the author's disillusionment. Might have been interesting to readers in the '50s, but pretty cliche now, down to Alison's tiresome love affairs. Bleh. And if you like '50s witty repartee, prepare yourself for a healthy dose. All the "smart" characters speak it like a regional dialect. Double bleh.On the plus side, Metalious is lovely with the setting and seasons of her sorta-fictional town, and I enjoyed those bits. If only the town had been unpopulated!

  • Rory
    2019-04-25 09:21

    here's the thingIt's not as good as it could be. I had actually seen the film sequel--which is awful--before I read this book and somehow this played in both stories' favor. Once you know that Metalious never meant to write a sequel and only did so because the film studio owned the name "Peyton Place" and was doing another film with or without her.This book is her response. I did like the focus on Allison and her fame from the story--I liked the struggle between staying who she was and trying to be. This really worked for me though I could have dealt with less married people have affairs moments--just bugged me.I wish that the other characters had more of their own moments--particularly Betty and Norman--because I was curious to see if and how they grew from the events of the last book. I did like the Serena story if it wasn't as balanced out as it could have been. And the Ted Carter storyline was more than just a little bit justified.But what makes me enjoy this book is Metalious' writing style. It's a modern tragedy that because of her choice of plot that people forget about how amazing her prose was, her way with words, the balance of the visual and internal. That was her number one gift as a writer and something I was glad to read again.

  • Augustus Gull
    2019-04-21 10:51

    I read this shortly after it first came out in the early 1960's. According to biographical information, Grace Metalious hardly had anything to do with the writing of it, and yet from her brief notes and sketches somebody shaped a story that I found pretty interesting. We follow Allison to New York and her adventures in publishing a best seller, a plot obviously based on her own experiences with "Peyton Place," called "Samuel's Castle" in this book. The cast of characters includes more colorful and sophisticated people than did the first book, and there are plenty of outrageous sequences, perversions and plot twists to satisfy our expectations. Some of the early chapters seemed to me to be especially evocative and well-written. I was a fan of the original "Peyton Place," which I thought was much better written than its critics would have it. Once we all got over the smut, Constance and Allison McKenzie have lived on. For those who don't know, Grace Metalious died an alcoholic and never wrote another successful book. I read "No Adam in Eden" and "The Tight, White Collar," which were both dull and forgettable. "Return to Peyton Place" was a pretty good effort, though, whoever actually wrote it.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-20 12:59

    boring. no where near as ridiculous or as hilarious as the first one.edit: Well, there's some ridiculousness, and certain elements are very autobiographical (the publishing of a novel on a scandalous small town, and the reaction to the author by the decent folks. Allison is practically Grace Metalious in this novel, only younger and sleeps around a bit more), but Peyton Place was a much more enjoyable novel to read, especially if you treat it as a black comedy. I mean, this one does have one of the busybodies of the town spying on her son during sex, and discovering that the nice, rich, proper girl he married is a bisexual sex freak that's into horrifically violent sex, and later gets killed by the daughter-in-law, but it's just not as good as girls getting mutilated by carnival rides, and So forth. It's well written, and it did entertain in certain parts , but it was a bit of a letdown.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-30 12:02

    Quotable:She cried noiselessly into her pillow. She thought of Ted, but it was not for him she cried. He was merely the symbol of all she had lost. All I have now, she said to herself, all I have now is loneliness. That’s the prize I’ve won from life.Matt was haunted by nothing but loneliness, and he had decided he was too old to take the cure.[T]oo much sex wasn’t good for a man who had to keep his mind on his books.“David, for Heaven’s sake, can’t we leave things the way they are? Can’t we be friends without this everlasting talk of turning it into something else?”“I told you before, Allison. I told you two years ago and it’s still true. I don’t want to be your goddamned friend. I want you, and I want you any way I can get you. I’d marry you, but if you don’t want that, I want to be your lover. I want to live with you if I can, but if I can’t, I want you anyway.”“Oh David,” she sighed. “I’m so tired I can’t think now. Let’s go home.”

  • Mary
    2019-04-25 12:08

    If--like me--you wanted to know what happened to the women of Peyton Place after that novel's end, you'll greatly enjoy the sequel. Constance and Mike (a name change from the first book's "Tom") have settled into a lusty domesticity. However, Allison's newly published novel about the town she grew up in becomes a bombshell that leaves nobody in Peyton Place untouched. Selena is forced to relive the nightmare she thought she had left behind. And another woman comes back to town with a few scores to settle.This is a quick read, and perhaps not quite the force of nature that the first book was, but still a very good time.

  • Chris
    2019-05-05 09:11

    It was another good story, and it definitely needs to be read (if one reads Peyton Place) to get the full story.I wish Grace Metalious had written more stories about the families of Peyton Place before her death.

  • Joy
    2019-04-26 10:55

    WOW - I just started this and I can't believe how quickly I forgot the plot and characters from Peyton Place! I had to go look at some reviews before I could remember what was what and who is who. Hopefully it will all come back to me before I get too much further! Ok - unless I forgot, this one was a little more risque than the original. Per the intro, Allison's story is a reflection of the author's climb to fame. I enjoyed it.

  • Brigitte
    2019-04-28 17:04

    Snap heel goed dat dit boek (en het eerste deel hiervan) destijds in de jaren '50 heel wat stof op deed waaien. Grappig dat de in de jaren '60 zo keurige tv-serie (de allereerste soap waar mijn moeder en oma zo van genoten) op een boek is gebaseerd dat tegen zoveel heilige huisjes trapte. Anno nu is het uiteraard niet echt schokkend meer, zeker niet in de erotische passsages waar kwistig met het woord "lieveling" wordt gestrooid.

  • Laurel
    2019-05-05 14:55

    Did not expect this to be as good as the original and it wasn't. Seems like Metalious struggled at times to write it but that's ok. Book starts out in Peyton Place so seems familiar but then gets thin, especially when Allison strikes out on her own to Hollywood. Not to be petty, but some of the love scene dialogues are really bad. The ending in Peyton Place has some surprises that bring everything to a page-turning but not altogether satisfying end.

  • Katrina
    2019-05-07 16:58

    Return to Peyton Place was a fast and easy book to read. While some of the plot seems forced, it was still entertaining. I think that readers can tell that this isn't one of those stories that are born in the writer and are just waiting to come out, but more so the writer making an effort to put together a decent story. I had fun reading it anyway though, even though it doesn't quite hold up to its predecessor.

  • Rebekah
    2019-04-30 09:59

    Not quite as good as Peyton Place, this follow-up novel covers the adult lives of the children in the original novel and the consequences of having all those secrets out in the open. An interesting look at how our decisions and actions impact the lives of others, how we all need forgiveness, and how the place where we grow up stays with us throughout our lives.

  • Kyrce
    2019-05-02 09:12

    Allison says at one point that she's glad she lives in the advanced 50s and not in the 30s like her mother, where one couldn't take a lover without guilt. It's so easy to forget that the early 50s were dissimilar to the late 50s that we generally think of. And Metalious never ceases to fascinate me.

  • Ruth Soz
    2019-05-20 14:13

    I enjoyed Peyton Place better. I'm glad I read the forward for this one because it helped me to understand Grace Metalious' motivation for writing the sequel and how she didn't have control over it like she would have liked. It was pretty clear that this was a book written for the sake of making money, which I know she resisted heartily.

  • Tocci
    2019-05-04 12:21

    Short StoryThe introduction at the beginning is almost as long as the story. The tale itself is quick, and it's not necessary to have read Peyton Place to enjoy it. Characters are basically the same, but not as well developed as those in its predecessor.

  • Casey
    2019-05-01 09:53

    Not nearly as good as the original, but read them back-to-back, so it was kind of one long story, I wanted more, and enjoyed staying in Peyton Place longer, but the second half strayed a bit and didn't really wrap up like I'd hoped for all the characters.

  • Deb
    2019-05-21 09:02

    Didn't read a 2007 version; read the book my mom made a book cover for so she could read it on the city bus. She read it in the 1950's I read it in the 1980's. We both liked it. We both grew up in small towns too.

  • Gloria Savatsky
    2019-04-25 16:14

    This book had its moments but to me wasn't nearly as good as the first. The background about the author and why it was written definitely explained a lot. Either way it's an unnecessary follow up in my opinion.

  • lolly
    2019-05-08 16:04

    Ridiculous. Everyone calls each other "darling". I think the author forgot some of the vignettes from Peyton Place 1 and accidentally wrote some of the same chapters for Peyton Place 2. Need I say more?