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The Castle on Sunset Reviews

The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy

The Castle on Sunset

Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

Shawn Levy

Score pending

2 reviews

Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 13 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781474611831

The intoxicating story of Hollywood, as seen from the suites and bungalows of its most iconic hotel.

4 stars out of 5
Simon Callow
16 Jun 2019

"the secrets of LA’s most glamorous hotel"

Levy’s pages teem with extraordinary and extreme personalities; to find their antics amusing, you probably had to be there; at the very least, you need to share his delight in what he calls “celebrity naughtiness”. But he writes affectingly about Montgomery Clift, the first of the Method actors to make the big time in Hollywood, who retreated to the chateau after the 1956 car crash that disfigured him and broke his spirit; and about Greta Garbo, greatest of all screen actors, who drifted about the hotel in the 1940s, while she toyed idly with the idea of reigniting her career.


2 stars out of 5
Roger Lewis
15 Jun 2019

"Shawn Levy doesn’t write, as such. He compiles lists, as for a thesaurus"

Shawn Levy doesn’t write, as such. He compiles lists, as for a thesaurus. The Chateau Marmont, in Hollywood, is “an oasis of quiet, gentility, privacy and bohemian charm”. It is “a vault of secrets, a haven, a port in a storm, a home away from home”, which has “harboured misfits, freaks, iconoclasts, outcasts, deviants, seekers, refugees, experimentalists”, and so on and so forth. But I nevertheless quickly grasped the point that this apartment block and semi-hotel, “giving harbour” – Levy is fond of the nautical cliché... Levy makes much of the Chateau’s alleged high jinks, which in actuality were no more than squalid adultery and drunken boorishness.