Chapter 1 1 Love: The First Fruit of the Spirit But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace Love Stephen P Robbins & Timothy A Judge (pdf). Robbinss books are packed with action, sustained by strong narrative drive, and are given vitality by his own colorful life. —The Wall Street JournalBased on a. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. With more than million copies of his books sold, Harold Robbins is the best-selling American fiction author of all time.
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This is a typical old Robbins ballad, tracing the life of Frankie Kane as he grows up to face the world. Frankie is human and sensitive and quite normal for a hero. Never love a stranger. byRobbins, Harold, Publication For print- disabled users. Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. NEVER LOVE A STRANGEREllen FisherNEVER LOVE A STRANGER ByEllen Fisher1 NEVER LOVE A STRANGEREllen Fisher©.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. The first and only novel I've read by Harold Robbins is this one, which was his debut. Before I address the book, let me share some astounding numbers. They stunned me because, although I'd grown up hearing and seeing the name Harold Robbins all around, I had no idea just how popular an author he was. Get this: In his writing career which plateaued in popularity from the mid s through the late s, over million copies of Robbins' books were sold.
As of following the public The first and only novel I've read by Harold Robbins is this one, which was his debut. As of following the publication of the last Harry Potter novel , million copies of JK Rowlings' books have been downloadd. As of , just over million of the ubiquitous James Patterson books have been sold.
I find this incredible. In any case, reading a Harold Robbins' book was something I wanted to do once and reviewing the descriptions of his books, this one sounded most like a novel I'd like. I'll have to say I found the story line interesting and the protagonist sympathetic he was based on Robbins' childhood.
It is mostly the story of Frankie's journey from his high school days and friendships to his travels and loves after returning from a stint in the Navy and skips to after his rise to the head of a NYC gambling racket and his marriage. I thoroughly enjoyed this robust story told mostly in the first person by Frankie, with interludes of a discussion by his 3 closest high school friends.
Will I read another Robbins' novel? No, because I satisfied my curiosity with a book that seemed to have justified the time spent, but I have too many worthy novels on my list of books I will or may read to allow another Robbins' potboiler. If you ever want to experience Harold Robbins the writer—and not View 1 comment.
Apr 10, Philip rated it really liked it. The second time around. This was Harold Robbins's first novel, published in , and while there are no graphic descriptions sex, enough is implied that the reader gets the idea unlike Robbins's later books, which conta The second time around.
This was Harold Robbins's first novel, published in , and while there are no graphic descriptions sex, enough is implied that the reader gets the idea unlike Robbins's later books, which contained far too much information!
What was evident in this novel was Robbins's gift as a storyteller - concise, sometimes gritty prose, strong characterizations, and narrative drive - after a slow beginning, the story moves. It made for a good story, but, as was eventually discovered, it was, in fact, just a story. For some reason Robbins preferred it to the truth, which was that he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants, raised in Brooklyn by his father a pharmacist and stepmother.
What Robbins did have in common with Frankie was an innate and powerful drive to succeed, which matched the powerful narrative drive of his best novels. This book has a fine feeling for atmosphere and character - it was written, of course, back when Robbins put some thought and effort into both, before he became what's now known as a "Brand-Name Author.
The 'legend,' of course, was circulated by Harold Robbins, and who knows?
It may actually be true. The book was published by Alfred A. Knopf, whose list featured many Pulitzer Prize-winners and highly-regarded 'literary' authors - Knopf took on the book at the recommendation of his son, who was impressed by its combination of raw sexuality and humanity. Wow, what a debut book!!! I was not sure how this would be but I actually loved this story, it was a page turner for sure.
Dad, my FIL is an avid 85 year old maybe that is why his mind is so sharp reader who reads paper books whereas I read on my Kindle, recommended this book and several others.
It is funny to hear about the controversy in about the "graphic sexuality," which is nothing compared to some of today's novels. It kind of reminds me of "Forever Ambers" reception in They Wow, what a debut book!!! They both had just enough of a description without going too far in that direction, which is enough for me, thank you.
I am not a fan of the gritty details. Now to the heart of the matter, the story. Francis Kane Cain , is an orphan at day one, life is not easy but he seems to know what is what and is old for his age, which people seem to pick up on. The years from the 's bring many trials and turns for this young man trying to find his way in the world. I was continually surprised in what direction the author was taking us the reader.
There are 6 parts narrated by Frankie and interludes between that his friends and third person take over the story. I kept rooting for Frankie and hoping all would work out for him and that he would find what he needed in the end. This story made it to my favorite shelf and worthy of a read. View 2 comments. Aug 17, Zehra Ali rated it it was amazing.
I read this book back when i was in 8th grade i guess. My dad was cleaning his shelf and he handed me this remarkable piece of fiction. It's my all-time favorite book!! Feb 20, Rita Behadini rated it it was amazing. Sep 13, Becky rated it it was amazing.
He becomes street smart fast at an early age, but is devoted to Father Bernhard at the orphanage and to church. He goes to school as told, but works for a gambling boss as a numbers runner. He makes a lot of money until he witnesses the murder of his boss and the king pin.
He eventually learns of some of his distant family that wants him to live with them. He finds a love and family he never knew. He loses them when they leave New York, but because Frankie is not 18, he has to return to the orphanage.
Frankie runs away and starts on a road of a worse life. But Frankie always seems to pick himself up and move on. He ends up working as the main racketeer with many mob bosses working under him. He has money, power, women and prestige. And a huge price on his head now. And his old friend from High School is now the one after him.
The characters are so real and written so well. I became so engrossed in this story. I found it to be a very emotional book. I felt sorry for Frankie many times, and other times, I thought it got what he deserved. I laughed, cried, was angry and frustrated. Frankie just never ever really found what he was searching for, yet he always went with the flow. So many people passed through his life but until he found Ruth again, he just kept wandering. Ruth new him better than he knew himself.
A sad, but very touching book. Dec 06, Jenny rated it it was ok. I listened to this story on a very long road trip across the east coast and it kept my attention. The description of this story was not what I was expected from listening to the book.
This story had a little coming of age feel to it. It starts off with Frank's life as young boy and it was interesting for a while but then the story started to drag on. There were many slow parts that didn't add any depth, it was just random parts in Frank's life that could have been omitted and people would have s I listened to this story on a very long road trip across the east coast and it kept my attention.
There were many slow parts that didn't add any depth, it was just random parts in Frank's life that could have been omitted and people would have still got the picture. I did not like that the entire story was centered around Frank. There were many characters that went in and out of his life, no one really lasts, there needed to be some that stayed to help him be himself.
Frank, himself, was a little confusing.
He wasn't a strong character for being the center of attention. His choices weren't constant, his thoughts were more regulated but his actions and convictions weren't consistent. Sometimes I thought I knew him and other times I wondered who this person was, lack of consistency was horrible. He had this draw on people, with everyone he met… but what exactly did these people see in him because I didn't see it.
What was so great? What did he do? He didn't really do anything significant for people to immediately take to him. It was odd. Feb 26, Richard Palmer rated it did not like it. Ok, now I can check 'pulp fiction' off on my list of genres. Don't need to try this again. What a mediocre book!
I was expecting a bit of drama, grit, larger than life characters. Instead, it was a flat stream of one dimensional scenes without a sense of pacing, character development, or plot detail.
When Frank went almost instantaneously and inexplicably from a homeless man on the street to a big time organized crime figure, I lost interest. I did stick with Will Patton's audio presentation to Ok, now I can check 'pulp fiction' off on my list of genres. I did stick with Will Patton's audio presentation to the end; he I appreciate. Too bad he did not have better material to read.
Mar 28, Dharini Mistry added it Shelves: From start to finish. Totally fall in love with Frankie. Nov 06, Reena rated it really liked it.
Jul 23, Jeff Bottrell rated it really liked it. Robbins hit upon a winning combination of elements to draw readers into his story, that he would go on to repeat multiple times in the future. Of course, not all members of the public were pleased with Robbins racy use of sex in his first novel, and Never Love a Stranger was banned under pornography restrictions in the city of Philadelphia.
Robbins and his publisher sued the city and won. I listened to the story on audiobook as narrated by the incomparable Will Patton, who lifts this glorious piece of tripe to a place wholly beyond its station. Otherwise, you are in for some dialogue that will have you chuckling in your recliner. I knew that I had reached a new level of noir ecstasy, when at the end, the book provided this nugget of sap: Her face had grown very pale.
She made no sound, just looked up into my face. DE Um Ihnen ein besseres Nutzererlebnis zu bieten, verwenden wir Cookies.
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