The Love Machine has a lot of action, most of which occurs in beds. Nevertheless, it’s a far better novel than I expected from the author of the appalling Valley of the Dolls.
The alpha male in the novel is Robin Stone, who comes out of TV news and pushes his way to temporarily dominate a TV network.
There are lots of women in the novel, Amanda, Maggie, and Judith being the three who lend their names to the novel’s sections.
Amanda, the blonde, dies.
Maggie, the brunette, goes into films.
I don’t remember Judith’s hair color or what happens to her. By the time she appeared, I’d lost what little interest I’d had in Robin’s sex partners.
The most interesting part of the novel is the mystery of why Robin dislikes brunettes.
Under hypnosis, Robin learns he is adopted; his dark-haired German mother was a prostitute who was murdered by a customer.
After his foster mother dies, Robin tries to find his real family, but he can’t find any of her relatives.
Whether Robin sorted out his childhood trauma, readers never learn.
Susann wraps up the novel with the consummate expertise of a writer who won the Best Dressed Woman in Television Award four times.
The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann
Grove Press, 1969. paper. 511 p. 1968 bestseller #3. My grade: C+.
© 2017 Linda Gorton Aragoni