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Hardcover, First, 336 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
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V. Briceland
Apr 22, 2012 V. Briceland rated it really liked it
When I first started reading the novels of Patrick Dennis in my teens, Paradise—the story of twenty strangers in a vacation guest house, on a peninsula in Acapulco that becomes an island after a freak earthquake—was one I returned to again and again. I'd not read it in some thirty-odd years, though, and when I was scanning through the book's early chapters, I kept thinking, Why in the world did I like this novel? The characters are so VICIOUS!

And they are. Dennis's island is a microcosm of the w
Feb 13, 2014 Nancy added it
It was a joy to find a Patrick Dennis book that I hadn't read, and a bigger joy to love it.
I guess he was exposed to plenty of phonies, especially after he became famous, and he mixes them into his cast of characters very well, as always.
there is a fabulous moment when a heretofore polite gentleman rips into one of the phonies, ending up with: "You're not fit to lead pigs through shit!"
It also reminds me of one of the things I loved about Patrick Dennis when I first picked up my Aunt Anne's co
Aug 04, 2011 Terry rated it really liked it
Patrick Dennis is such a creative guy – this book is about reality television written 30 years before the genre was on every channel every hour of the day! I am trying to read everything this guy wrote. I think this is one of his best – right after “Auntie Mame” and “Around the World with Auntie Mame.” While some of his other books are clever, this one is clever, well written with a cast of fun characters. Also the first of his that I'm aware of where there are gay characters, even though they'r ...more
Dec 14, 2009 Margaret rated it liked it
One of Dennis's last books, Paradise suffers a little from his increasingly cynical outlook on life. The setting is a stylish hotel in Acapulco, run by socialite Liz Martinez and her husband Salvador; the guests of the hotel make up most of the zany cast of characters, who are usually funny, but more stereotyped than in Dennis's best books, and the plot is sometimes distressingly bleak. Still, the story moves along at a good rate, and there are laughs along with the grimness, so it's certainly w ...more
Aug 13, 2008 Liz rated it really liked it
Another great Patrick Dennis book - great observation of people and an sharp and a wickedly good storyteller. Also laugh-out-loud funny.
Sherwood Smith
Dec 15, 2009 Sherwood Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: satire
Some funny bits, but mean-spirited over-all. Once again an evil middle aged woman, this one modeled fairly closely on Mae West, is central, and a cast of fairly unlikable people.
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Edward Everett Tanner III spent the last years of his life as a butler, in spite of having been one of the most popular novelists of the 1950s and 1960s. A bisexual, he had a wife and family, but also pursued relationships with men on the side.
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