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A Bright Ray of Darkness

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I have read reviews for this book that seem almost grudgingly to admit that Ethan Hawke has written a mature novel about separation, identity, accountability, love and the theater. Several cast members serve as metaphor while they share insights about life and relationships with script dialog that magnifies its importance. I read his debut The Hottest State when it first came out and loved it so much that it's one of the few books I've actually spent time re-reading. There's definitely some male fantasy stuff happening re: the women in this book and there are problems to pick at this -- but also, the relationship particularly between William and the woman playing Lady Percy speaks to a depth of understanding about showmances that people outside of the theater can't ever really comprehend.

What could pull the heartstrings of our afflicted nation tighter than a story of brief, emotional setback suffered by a handsome movie star?THE SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE “Hawke ha seguido la máxima escribe de lo que conoces, trayendo el mundo del teatro a la vida, desde el primer ensayo al estreno final”.

Remarkables REMARKABLES Intriguing, stunning, or otherwise remarkable books These include fine editions, foreign publications that are exceptional for their interest or production, special editions and some first-rate books from very small publishers. Razni glumci, reditelji, sportisti, voditelji, umetnici, retko se desi da imaju talenta za pisanu reč. He drinks, does drugs, feels sorry for himself, has two kids he loves, feels insecure about his stagework (he's a movie guy), and cheats on his soon-to-be ex-wife. In 2005, he received his first screenwriting Oscar nomination for co-writing the 2004 film, Before Sunset (a sequel to Before Sunrise).I’m not gonna say the book isn’t entertaining ‘cause it is, but man-oh-man I wish EH would get out of his own way. I loved the way that Hawke was able to bring the theatre scenes alive – both onstage and offstage – it’s brilliantly done. This book is astounding in its ability to capture the visceral realities of being onstage and performing, particularly Shakespeare. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

See our Remarkables Archive list for what is no longer in print, but which we are happy to track down. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. But you don’t need a theater background to enjoy this first-person tale of a self-involved drug-addled film actor who’s destroyed his marriage by cheating and, in the throes of anxiety and self-pity, is making his Broadway debut in a production of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2. Shaping the entire novel around this production provides a frame that literally dramatizes the themes of the story, propelling it forward even while William wallows in self-pity. It is brilliant in parts though, with some superb prose, atmospheric deep dives on theatre acting and Shakespeare and a gripping episode where he has a massive infected boil on his stomach (wtf) excised without anaesthetic.

I wish I had a dollar for every self-indulgent, white, male, narcissistic, misogynist protagonist I’m supposed to find sympathetic because they’re an “artist. Hawke genuinely has something to say, and clearly cares about the novel as an art form and gets better each time out. The only actor in the production not traditionally trained, he is desperate not to appear as a ticket pull for tourists. When William arrives at his New York hotel, the front desk greets him: “Wow, look who it is, Hester Prynne herself.

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