Nisid Hajari
October 02, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Immortals

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michael Korda
publisher
Poseidon
genre
Politics and Current Events, Fiction

We gave it a C-

On its knees before the holy trinity of commercial fiction — power, lust, and celebrity — the latest bodice ripper from Simon & Schuster editor Michael Korda (The Fortune, Queenie) reimagines JFK’s and Robert Kennedy’s liaisons with Marilyn Monroe. Adding nothing to the facts as found in dozens of nonfiction books on the subject, The Immortals squanders its fictional license, reducing complex historical figures to big-screen clichés: the pill-popping Scorned Woman, the dashing Young Aristocrat, the ruthless-yet-sensitive Junior Brother. Any novel that can count Vivien Leigh, Jimmy Hoffa, and Jack Ruby among its characters has no excuse for being this stale or predictable. C-

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