"The world is their bedroom." Oh boy. You know you're in trouble when this is the first sentence on the back of the book.
Such is the case with Jackie Collins' The World is Full of Divorced Women. A while back, I bought four of Ms. Collins' novels for 25 cents. I'm trying to get them all read so I can donate them to my library's upcoming book sale. Quite frankly, I am a bit embarrassed to admit I even read this book. However, as a loyal, devoted reviewer of books (cough, cough), I felt it was my duty (hand over my heart) to give you my honest opinion. (Cue America the Beautiful here.)
Cleo James leads an exciting life as a writer for Image magazine. She interviews celebrities all over the globe. She was originally from London, but now lives in New York with her husband, Mike James. He is a big shot record promoter with a bad habit of sleeping with other women. Cleo finds this out the hard way by walking into Mike's office as he is having sex with her best friend.
At that moment, Cleo decides to leave Mike. She packs her things and heads to London to clear her mind and do some interviews at the same time.
Chapter two introduces us to Muffin. She is a young nudie model whose innocent face and big ta-tas make her the hit of London. She lives with her boyfriend and photographer, Jon Clapton. Jon also manages Muffin's career for an oh-so-generous 50% commission.
The story then goes back and forth between Cleo and Mike, and Muffin and Jon. Cleo meets a rock star on the flight to Europe, but rejects his advances. She then meets a celebrity and beds him to get revenge on her husband. Mike is determined to get his wife back, but can't stop sleeping with other women. These aren't rocket scientists we're dealing with here, folks!
Jon keeps getting Muffin bigger and bigger modeling jobs. He believes she can be a great singer and actress in Los Angeles. Muffin has other ideas. She wants to be married, and Jon keeps making excuses. Muffin takes matters into her own hands bedding a young virginal rock star one evening and marrying him the next day. Both management teams go into a tizzy and get the marriage annulled.
Meanwhile, Cleo has an interview with Daniel Onel, a great English celebrity. Daniel is a bit of a ladies' man himself, but feels instant attraction to Cleo. The feeling is mutual, but Cleo gets her interview and leaves.
There is a small scene with Mike, who has flown to London to see Cleo. However, he gets caught yet again with another woman. What a sleazebag this man is.
Coincidentally, everyone heads to Los Angeles. Muffin and Jon go there to find fame and fortune. Cleo goes there to clear her mind, and live with the man she originally bedded for revenge.
Muffin dumps Jon and heads into the world of X-rated movies and drugs. Jon sees his meal ticket vanishing before his eyes.
Cleo tries to rebuild her life as single woman. She attempts a relationship with Daniel, but finds the effort difficult.
Can all these screwed up people find the happiness they want? Read The World is Full of Divorced Women to find out!
I kid you not, folks. This is the actual story. It is almost laughable. What is so amazing is that I was able to describe the plot in PG-rated terms. You see, the book is only about 20% story. The rest is just sex, sex and more sex. Everybody sleeps with everybody. Apparently, people enjoy this type of novel because Jackie Collins is a very popular author.
I should state that the book was originally written in 1975, just about at the height of the high-flying sexually free 70's. What was acceptable back then isn't so appropriate now (in terms of sleeping with anything that moves) and I took that into consideration when reading and reviewing this book.
I really didn't hate this book, because I had absolutely no expectations from it. I anticipated a trashy novel, and that's exactly what I got.
The characters are extremely shallow. There is very little development at all. If I am supposed to feel sympathetic toward Cleo, I don't. She was just as shallow as the rest of the cast. She just didn't screw as many people.
Would I recommend this book to my friends? No way! But I defend my right to read a trashy novel now and then to clear my mind. After reading many heavy books, you just need a break, you know? And Jackie Collins' novels offer that mindless vacation.
I read The World is Full of Married Men a few weeks ago. It was so shallow that I opted not to write a review on it. The World is Full of Divorced Women is only slightly better, and I do mean slightly.
In the fiction spectrum, this book is pretty silly. Should you have an uncontrollable urge to read it, you are more than welcome to buy my copy, which is coming up for sale at my local library. The World is Full of Divorced Women is totally worth the $0.0475 I paid for it.