by Arthur Hailey

During five days in the midst of a hot, steamy Louisiana summer, the lives of a colorful cast of characters intertwine in a series of public, private, and personal dramas at the famed St. Gregory luxury hotel.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.97
  • Pages: 480
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2000 by Berkley
  • Isbn10: 0425176363
  • Isbn13: 9780425176368

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While conducting research for the writing of this novel, Arthur Hailey spent two months as a paying guest at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Basically what Hailey has done is focused on five hot and humid days in the Louisiana summer of 1964, at a New Orleans luxury hotel called the The St. Gregory. And these are not just any five days at the St. Gregory, for in exactly that period of time the twenty year old mortgage on the hotel is due for renewal.

I feel I'm doing it a disservice here actually: the characters, 2 or 3 of them in particular, are rather excellent in their own right.

Arthur Haileys Hotel takes us through one such hotel in a detailed, rather immensely elaborate story. The book took me back to my initial reading days when an exciting plot made up most of the story, with very little attention of the reader towards the language or other nuances. Peter McDermott is a resourceful young assistant manager at St. Gregory, one of the oldest hotels of New Orleans. The book starts on a busy Monday morning inside the hotel and we see Peter trying to tackle multiple things at a time. There is an intermittent moaning being heard from a room, a suspicion of a possible orgy in another one, a customer service issue raised by one of the wealthiest clients of the hotel, another sort of disturbance on one of the floors, an elevator issue and then there is his employer, who we see is quite worried because of a mortgage due for renewal by the end of the same week which is not a happy news. The story takes us through various occurrences in the hotel for that full week and comes to a chilling climax. (Trivia: Hailey resided in Hotel Roosevelt in New Orleans in 1964 to research for this book) Would love to hear your thoughts if you have read this book or any other book by Arthur Hailey.

So I admit reading this was somewhat more of an interest of why did people love/like enough for it to be a television series. The strength in the book isnt the plot, which to be frank, is rather predictable from the first chapter to the end, but the characters. The book isnt todays Hollywood. Additionally, Haileys restrained prose makes the book read more like an HBO series than a daytime soap opera.

Sin embargo, en obras viejas como en las de Hailey ocurre un efecto curioso, similar al que hace clásicos obras centenarias: ese retrato mundo en el pasado vuelve glamorosa la visión que haya tenido el autor en ese momento y este efecto termina realzando el libro. Y he aquí lo fascinante: Hailey fue el padre y hasta el momento el único representante del thriller de negocios: el retrato de la industria de la hospitalidad en un tiempo es perfecto, con todos los héroes y bribones que formaban parte de ella.

I probably read it at least several times when I was a teenager.

The book follows a number of characters over 5 days from Monday to Friday, either working or visiting the St Gregory Hotel in New Orleans. I only hope my pen friend of around 35 years who now lives on the Isle of Bute and I've just found out she is also reading this, having bought it her mum for Christmas, as she wanted to read it, enjoys it as much as I have.

After working at a number of jobs and writing part-time, he became a writer full-time during 1956, encouraged by the success of the CBC television drama, Flight into Danger (in print as Runway Zero Eight ). A Canadian citizen whose children live in Canada and California, Hailey made his home in Lyford Cay, an exclusive residential resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas with his second wife Sheila.