THE RICH AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Ruth Harris

THE RICH AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Harris' Decades (1974) at least had some room--lots of years, lots of folks--for all that sex and soap to spread around; this time the glittery, designer-labeled couplings are wearisomely inbred. Jai Jai Valerian (""very slender and very strong"") has ""memorable"" beauty (because of her head being too large for the rest of her body) and therefore has what it takes to attract Alexander Raiment, super-rich hotelier and the father of two grown children. Daughter Alix, who's married to homosexual Yale Warrant, has an inferiority complex despite the fact that she's one of the most rich-and-beautiful people in the world. Son Sergei is suicidal despite the fact that (or because?) papa Alexander always loved him best (which Alix has always resented). Enter Jai Jai. An affair with papa Alexander. Then she marries suicidal Sergei. Then some more whoopee with Alexander. Jai Jai is pregnant. Whose is it? Sergei (annoyed) tries to shot Jai Jai, but she ends up shooting him instead. Thanks to Alexander, Jai Jai does not go to jail, but instead takes up with Yale. Everybody's real sophisticated. Everybody's real rich. And beautiful. And everybody gets what they deserve: Alexander gets loneliness and the freedom to make more money; Alix gets a nice industrialist and Jai Jai's baby; and Jai Jai gets her comeuppance, since she marries Yale, who, as you may remember, is a homosexual. All in the family--the rich and the beautiful, the flat and the dull.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1978
Publisher: Simon & Schuster