I’ll Take Manhattan is a Judith Krantz novel about the lifestyles of rich and powerful paper dolls. Here her focus is the rich and powerful in the 1980s magazine industry.
Thrice married, high school dropout Maxi Amberville finds her role in life when she gets the opportunity to throw herself and her fortune into establishing a new magazine.
Like other Krantz female leads, Maxi is a self-absorbed female oozing sexuality.
Maxi has a bosom pal, a famous actress, who appears out of nowhere to allow Maxi to reveal her innermost thoughts, which are as deep as her outermost thoughts.
The story is told in flashbacks and “little did she know” anticipatory flashes. Amid the flashes, readers may not recall the past event to which the dramatic denouement refers.
The little interest there is in Manhattan is the topical references.
There are lots of jokes about last-century TV and movie stars, politicians, and news makers.
A few of the jokes are funny.
Donald Trump makes a cameo appearance in the novel, buying Maxi’s apartment in Trump Tower to help her out, and getting less for it when he unloads it than he paid Maxi.
Readers of I’ll Take Manhattan will fare no better than Trump.
I’ll Take Manhattan by Judith Krantz
Crown Publishers, ©1986. 437 p.
1986 bestseller #7; my grade: C-
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