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Goodbye, Janette

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  864 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
With her keen instincts and rich sensuality Tanya Pojarska survived the fires of World War II and gained control of a vast fortune. Her two daughters inherited her beauty, her passion--and a legacy of pain and ambition. From a childhood of stark sexual terror, Janette rose to wealth and fame as a high-fashion goddess--while her half-sister Lauren plunged into a dazzling sc ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published 1981)
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I don't even know what to say. This experience.

Being a huge Fawlty Towers fangirl, I've always wanted to try a book by Harold Robbins. Basil's disparaging comments were more than enough to arouse my curiosity re: this prolific author of glittery, trashy schlock. And boy howdy, Janette is terrible. If this wasn't by an established author (BWAHAHA! :D) it would never have been endorsed by a respectable publisher. Supposing Robbins had used a pseudo -- Dick B. Hugest, perhaps? -- this POS
Christiana Hadji
The sex scenes were very disturbing and violent, and have probably scarred me for life! Keep this book away from the reach of nosy teenagers! :)
Jun 18, 2014 Martin rated it liked it
I wish I could say that Harold Robbins had a glorious career. But the truth of the matter is...

Nov 18, 2009 Paula rated it really liked it
Harold Robbins writes the best dirty romance books ever!
Patrick Moloney
Jul 11, 2015 Patrick Moloney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any adult who likes a good read.
A lot of people have reviewed this book over the years and the consensus seems to be split between a well written novel with plenty of erotica and a trashy porn story masquerading as a novel.Harold Robbins in my opinion has provided us with an excellent piece of writing in this novel.To look at Goodbye Janette solely as a good yarn or a smut fest is doing both the writer and the reader a grave injustice.
There is in my opinion an element of this book that goes far beyond wealth and sex.Harold Rob
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Sep 30, 2014 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it it was ok
Shelves: hairy-eyeball
Holy merde! Eurotrash shenanigans abound in this saga of the rich and witless. It's a 2.5 star read from the king of commercial fiction back in the day. That is, 2.5 stars for what it is, not as compared to anything by Flaubert or Dostoevsky. No one in the book has the depth of a Ritz cracker, but you don't turn to Harold Robbins for enlightenment on the human condition. You turn to him when you're looking for a dirty read with a glossy cover. I'd heard this is one of the trashier novels in the ...more
Apr 18, 2017 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As opposed to my previous date with Mr. Robbins with Dreams Die First, this book at least had a more coherent plot. Starts out with some WAY over the top scenes that still baffled me (this was Harold Robbins's last NY Times Bestseller--how? don't ask {this kind of stuff would likely get published on a whim today, but wouldn't be able to harness a spot on ANY bestseller list}. After a promising 60 pages or so, the novel then just fizzles out completely...boardroom meeting BS and business talk BS ...more
Jul 20, 2007 Tory rated it liked it
On the cover it says, “More Daring, More Shocking, More Deeply Erotic Than Anything Ever Written!” I was intrigued. What was shocking in 1981? Would it be like Anais Nin… shocking for the time, but not so much now?

No. This shit shocked me. The story didn’t really progress further than sex scene after violent sex scene until midway through the book. Then it became about the greed and hedonism of the very rich. Which, frankly, has been told before. Plenty of times.

It worked though. The shock was
Henrik Blunck
Jul 04, 2012 Henrik Blunck rated it it was amazing
This was actually the first book by Harold Robbins I ever read - and now I have all his books in Danish. Truly an amazing author, and the graphic nature truly explains just how lust-centered some people can be when it comes to sex... :-)
Nov 17, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These Harold Robbins books belonged to my mother, she was a fan, but only let me read a few because of the sexual content. I LOVED them, I wish she still had them. I can't even remember exact titles anymore.
K Martinez
Jul 07, 2013 K Martinez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
No one writes like this man! He should be the sort of god of modern trash. His books literally take you to wherever he is. You get so caught up in his story telling! i read this as a teenager in paper back and as an adult I bought it on Kindle. Its a great work of modern fiction
Aղցela W.
Dec 27, 2012 Aղցela W. rated it it was amazing
I loved this book over the years I have reread this book one of his best
Ghada Hisham
Feb 02, 2013 Ghada Hisham rated it it was amazing
exciting novel, catches the attention. It sheds light on sexual abuse and how Tanya and her daughters have the same character traits but with a slight variation.
Rupesh Goenka
Oct 05, 2012 Rupesh Goenka rated it it was ok
Hot & sexy.. but not the best!!
Mar 01, 2010 Hazel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Some says it's brutal, but I like it...
Nov 22, 2009 Beckett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book was one of his best. It took the reader into the soul of dysfunction, and the results. He is an author that loves power!
Jasmine Jade
Dec 12, 2013 Jasmine Jade rated it it was amazing
May 05, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing
Hot, steamy, adult sexy
Sep 22, 2007 Deanna rated it it was amazing
My favorite cheesy 80's excess story! Harrold Robbins at his naughtiest best!
Diana Gutiérrez
Este es un libro que me dejó mi pareja con la frase: "Es uno de los libros malos que me gustan".

Sí, no se puede decir que "Adiós, Janette" sea muy bueno. Hombre, tampoco es que que sea malo de llorar, al menos me ha entretenido. Según me han contado, Harold Robbins emplea una fórmula muy parecida para todos sus libros: señor que acumula en sus manos mucho poder y dinero de una gran corporación, cosa que le proporciona gran atractivo con las mujeres (vamos, que folla mucho).

En este, supongo que p
Reg Shell
Aug 28, 2015 Reg Shell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed cart.

Early in this book I thought it was a 5 star read. I left 1 star.

Let me explain. I great this book when it was for sale on Amazon at $.99 in great excitement to get the work of an author I knew to have been major selling author on his day. I have several paperbacks by Harold Robbins sitting in my bookshelves and it never read. This special deal was a perfect opportunity for me to discover my first ever read of Harold Robbins, to discover what made him so successful.

I did discover wh
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
anche i ricchi amano il sadomaso

con buona pace delle 50 sfumature di noia

thrillerino senza infamia e senza lode
intreccio messo in piedi come viene,
col gusto di infilare scene sadomaso ogni tre pagine solo con l'obiettivo di stravolgere il lettore, se si tiene conto dell'epoca in cui è stato scritto, forse potrebbe strappare qualche perplessità, ma adesso fa soltanto sorridere
Oct 09, 2015 Janice rated it liked it
Read the blurb and thought I would give this book a shot. Very encompassing storyline and the characters. Some elements were unexpected and dark. Altogether a very seamless read that keeps you captivated.
This is a reread for me. I started it as a Valentines Day read. I've always loved Harold Robbins and read all his all stuff in my early twenties. I just had trouble getting into it this time around. I blame the Internet nothing shocks me any more or maybe it's that I'm ten years older now.
Oct 28, 2015 S. rated it did not like it
çöp bir roman. karakterler tutarsız, neyi niçin yaptıkları belli değil. konu yok (?), her şey bütün olarak anlamsız. sevişme sahneleri aptalca, diğer yorumlarda yazıldığı gibi "brutal" hissettiren bir şey de yok.

sanki bir adamın karalayıverdiği fantezi zinciri. okumaya hiçbir şekilde değmez.
Aug 16, 2013 Elvys rated it liked it
Extremely first it was a bit disturbing, but overall a good novel.
Mangalam Shiva
Oct 01, 2015 Mangalam Shiva rated it really liked it
Sep 07, 2009 Dennis rated it liked it
Shelves: harold-robbins
very explicit in 80's Standard,but not so much now. Although I feel the story is not fully complete. There are no closure to other characters' story.
Apr 10, 2012 Mo rated it liked it
This book loses one star for the ending.
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Born as Harold Rubin in New York City, he later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys home. In reality he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants. He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in Brooklyn.

His first book, Never Love a Stranger (1948), caused controversy with its graphic sexuality. Publisher Pat Knopf reportedly bought Never
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