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Soon Toby becomes the superstar and the king of Hollywood but Jill is still struggling until one day they cross each other's path. Despite their age difference, they fall in love. Toby wants to marry Jill because she was the only girl who ever rejected him but Jill wants him because getting Toby's power is the only way to punish all the people who have used and rejected her.
They rise and rise as a Golden Couple of Hollywood until the love turns into betrayal and betrayal influences vengeance. The hounding carries on until they come together again, and until their love story is written forever by the stars that are only visible to soft night wind and the timeless sea. Sidney Sheldon gets 5 out of 5 again from me.
Published on http: Ah, Sidney Sheldon, what can you say about him? His novels are trashy, full of unrealistic, rather silly plots, sex and situations In this one, two young aspiring performers have simultaneous stories.
Toby Temple is a young comic with a boyish, innocent face but a mean streak a mile deep.
Jill Castle has had to fight and claw to get any sort of career. This one gets three stars rather than just one because the stor Ah, Sidney Sheldon, what can you say about him?
This one gets three stars rather than just one because the story genuinely surprised me and it was immensely readable and enjoyable to me. There was stuff, especially in the last third, that I simply did not see coming and I loved how Sheldon pulled it all together.
It gets three stars instead of five because of the clunky pacing in the first half and the ridiculously schmaltzy romantic language. It's like cotton candy - I'll have forgotten the characters' names by next week actually, I had to look up Jill's last name just to write this review. But I love cotton candy.
Sheldon enjoyed - that's just a saying, mind, I'm not sure he was even aware - a brief super fame in Sweden in the early 80's and his books were published in large, low-price hardbacks with fashion model covers that had nothing at all to do with the content. Unfortunately for me and my friends who for the longest time thought he was a woman for some reason , this coincided with our early to mid teens and we devoured his sex-spiced outings.
The story-lines were often 'shocking' albeit simple, b Sheldon enjoyed - that's just a saying, mind, I'm not sure he was even aware - a brief super fame in Sweden in the early 80's and his books were published in large, low-price hardbacks with fashion model covers that had nothing at all to do with the content. The story-lines were often 'shocking' albeit simple, bordering on juvenile and instantly-rewarding kept us entertained for a short period. And I'm sure we loved the fact that we were reading real books!
Big and heavy also due to large print and margins, but hey Mar 07, Nivruthi Vora rated it it was amazing. I could not rate less than 5 stars in any of his books so far. Here, Toby Temple captures the title "the most funniest man in the world" though he passed through many loathsome folks in his path.
On the other hand, Jill Castle who also had an ambition but partial talent, uses Toby to reach her heights. Selfish love, revenge, hatred, betraying were brought out in a marvelous way.
The tale was really interesting that i was reading contiguously skipping my appe Well.. The tale was really interesting that i was reading contiguously skipping my appetite. The rapid situations and suspense did not allow me to guess the climax at all. To emphasize on the whole book it was a tremendous book with overwhelming characters.
Feb 10, Valerie rated it liked it. I actually read the version that is translated into the Russian language.
The book is a good read, but it doesn't really get too interesting until the last few chapters. It seemed to drag on a bit, however it leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen and WHEN it will finally happen!
All in all, it was alright. Nov 26, Shivam rated it really liked it. A classic rags to riches story that pays great tribute to not only the Makers of their destiny but also to the Survivors who cling onto their hopes and desires to the very climax of their lives! Toby Temple, a nobody, chases his dreams with all that he has, as his talent and sacrifices and years of hard work pave way to the incredible allure of Hollywood, thus making him the undisputed King.
Ji 'A Stranger in the Mirror' is sure to stir-up a maelstrom of emotions in your living, heavenly bodies! Jill Castle has had her life wrapped up in religion and social stigmas from which she is trying to break free to search for love, stardom and glory!
Sidney Sheldon comprehensively and masterfully crafts a storyline bringing the two protagonists together and focuses on the workings of showbiz as the two leads 'get together', and ultimately fall apart and how! The quest for fame and power and how it makes you despise yourself and loathe those around you has found the author's attention, and has been suffused throughout the book. The reader 'grows' with the characters, visualising them change and discover as they reach the epitome of Business, and lead to their respective destruction.
The author takes special care to paint a mirror image of one's own self, as we drive through life taking it head on! We all have a stranger living within ourselves. The stranger who is frail as a living entity, who dives through the struggles and the victories in life, and who reaches the unavoidable grand finale: And the more he tries to run away from it, the more he becomes 'it'.
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Feb 26, Sophie rated it it was ok. I read this a while back. While the book is very well written, there was a depressing air to the entire book. Even now as I remember vividly the storyline, it feels me with sadness. Both the hero and heroine in the book went through so many horrible events in the book. I really do hope that Hollywood is better than how it is portrayed in the book.
Oct 15, Mushfique rated it it was ok. Waktu pertama kali baca novel ini sewaktu SMA, berarti antara tahun , masih merasa ceweknya keren. Novel ini mirip semi historical fiction, menceritakan perjalanan hidup pemeran utama novel ini.
Toby Temple dari lahir di era After Great Depression hingga kematiannya saat masih menjadi legendaris. Dari hanya anak seorang tukang daging berusaha mencapai impian muluk ibunya, menjadi orang besar dan terkena Waktu pertama kali baca novel ini sewaktu SMA, berarti antara tahun , masih merasa ceweknya keren.
Dari hanya anak seorang tukang daging berusaha mencapai impian muluk ibunya, menjadi orang besar dan terkenal. Setelah usianya kepala 4, Toby menaklukkan Hollywood menjadi raja lalim yg berkuasa disana. Tapi si raja ini kesepian luar biasa, dan laiknya seperti dongeng "The Emperor's New Clothes", saat raja ini bertemu Jill, dia mabuk kepayang bahkan memperistrinya tanpa mengenal seluk beluk sebenar-benarnya gadis yg berusia 20 tahun lebih muda darinya. Jill Castle sudah berjuang hidup dari kelahirannya.
Terlahir sbg anak imigran Polandia, penjahit yg bekerja utk nyonya-nyonya kaya membuat ambisi Jill luar biasa tinggi, dia ingin menjadi bagian dari society kelas atas tsb. Sayangnya cintanya dgn David Kenyon hrs kandas krn David dipaksa menikahi wanita lain.
Jill nekad bertarung nasib di Hollywood.
Ternyata modal cantik doang tapi tuna bakat tidak membantu dirinya utk mencapai taraf ketenaran yg diinginkannya. Bahkan setelah dia menjual tubuh dan harga dirinya tidak membantu kenaikan kariernya. Hingga dia bertemu sang raja, Toby Temple yg sukses besar dia memainkan kartunya utk dimanipulasi tergila-gila pd dirinya. Jill ini mengingatkan saya pada sosok Meghan Markle, Duchess Sussex sekarang ya lord maafkan saya yg terus julid pd MM versi kulit putih.
Setelah gak laku utk disodori peran penting apapun di Hollywood bahkan setelah jual diri memang miris view spoiler [ lebih edan lagi film bokepnya aja gak terkenal. Apalagi pd thn an tahap seorang wanita berusia pertengahan 20an tahun saja sudah dianggap tua. Dan setelah menjadi istri Toby, Jill menancapkan taringnya dalam-dalam, membalas dendam kepada semua orang yg tidak membantu kariernya, mulai dari si agen gaek Clifton hingga sang produser, Sam Winters.
Sayangnya ambisi dan tekad keras Jill tidak diimbangi dgn kecerdasan yg positif. Setelah sukses membuat Toby Temple yg sebelumnya terkena stroke berat menjadi manusia normal lagi dan terkenal, Jill terlalu kemaruk dan tidak mementingkan asset berharganya ini, lupa bhw Toby sudah tua dan tidak muda lagi utk terus diforsir hingga kelelahan dan mengalami stroke parah kembali. Kali ini tidak ada harapan lagi di hati Jill. Jill mulai paranoia dan dia harus memutuskan siapa yg hrs menang kali ini, Toby atau dirinya?
Novel ini memang bagus, bhw seks tidak selamanya menjadi alat pemulus karier, tapi sudah pasti bisa efektif menghancurkan diri seseorang. Andaikata Toby tidak tergila-gila pd kehidupan seks, dan andaikan Jill gak tuna bakat dan mengandalkan diri pada orang-orang yg salah, tragedi mereka yg mirip tragedi Yunani ini gak bakal terjadi.
Mar 25, Sabiha Ahmed rated it it was amazing. The only reason I'm giving this book five star is it was a mind blowing story and I'm a sucker of stories that tell me new things, show me a part of the world I never was a part of or never would be.
In short, Toby and Jill they came from a totally different background but with the same passion, they want to be loved, adored and famous by entertaining people. But they have to play dirty and have a metallic willpower to have fame because this world is full of selfish players. Deep down, Toby wants The only reason I'm giving this book five star is it was a mind blowing story and I'm a sucker of stories that tell me new things, show me a part of the world I never was a part of or never would be.
Deep down, Toby wants to be loved and Jill wants revenge. And you gotta read the book to know where it ends. So glad I read Sidney Sheldon's again! His book has just the right amount of plots, drama, dreams, hopes, loves, ambitions, mistery, revenge. I like that he told the story in a near real life situation, not full fantasy and dreams.
As for the story itself, I enjoyed reading it. A lil bit of drama, loves, tragedy, and ambitions. Really absorbing.
May 16, Shilpee rated it really liked it. After analysing a little more, I thought it will be unfair to give it only 3 star so I'm giving it 4 star. Sidney Sheldon is really a great story teller! Jun 08, Ved Nishad rated it liked it. Apr 27, Crime Addict Sifat rated it it was amazing. This story is about Toby Temple who is a superstar, the world's funniest man. He will make you laugh if you are an audience. He will make you go through a lot of emotions if you are reading his life story.
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His only weapon was his wit. Sep 07, VaultOfBooks rated it did not like it. By Sidney Sheldon. From being an author to a screen writer to a producer, Sidney Sheldon has done it all and then some more.
A Stranger in the Mirror, a fiction suspense novel, is the third of his career. She has a dark and m By Sidney Sheldon. The plot is not as simple as the synopsis. The plot follows the life and times of Toby Temple, a youngster born in the family of a German butcher who apparently is of no good and his mother has held the mantle of the house for a very long time.
All through his teenage, he tries to make his mother happy. But atypical of Sidney Sheldon style , his teenage was full of exploits, so to speak. A very innocent looking boy, he could have any girl and woman he wanted. But he had some other things in his sight. He had harboured a childhood hobby of mimicking others and decided of making it big as an entertainer. In the beginning, he found it very hard to make ends meet. A Stranger in the Mirror is a story that revolves around the life of two characters, namely Toby Temple and Jill Castle.
Toby is a small time wannabe comedian who dreams of making it big by entering into the Hollywood. He struggles a lot early on in his life - and transcending all those hardships, goes on Sidney Sheldon is a master storyteller.
He struggles a lot early on in his life - and transcending all those hardships, goes on to eventually become a superstar. Jill Castle is a small town girl who grows up watching Hollywood movies and becoming influenced by them, decides to leave for Hollywood.
As it is predictable, both their paths cross and a series of events following their meeting forms the rest of the story. Most of the novel is the story of Toby Temple; from the humble beginnings of Toby Temple, to his long struggle to make a mark in Hollywood, his failures, his struggles, his eventual triumph and his rise to the top of show business and becoming an obnoxious star is a fascinating journey. On a parallel track, we read the story of Jill, her attempts to be a star in Hollywood and the humiliation and disillusionment she faces.