[E–pub] Leading Men BY Christopher Castellani

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Leading Men

Characters Leading Men Free read Ý Leading Men 106 Christopher Castellani ò 6 Free read F that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time Anja now legendary film icon Anja Bloom lives as a recluse in the present day US until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams's final playWhat keeps two people together and what breaks them apart Can we save someone else if Castellani s first three novels captivated me thoroughly but Leading Men took all my emotions and ratcheted them up a level I can t stop thinking about this book I fell in love with Frank Merlo and Anja Bloom with Tennesee William s Italian jet setting ways with the backdrop of 1950s Italy with all of it The book is beautifully written so much so that now that I have read it to feel wrapped up in the story I intend to read it again for the craft of it I want to understand how he turns those gorgeous phrases how he uses POV to unwrap the most delicate parts of the story how he colors the world so the reader feels like they are a part of it Bravo Christopher Castellani bravo The House on Tradd Street until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams's final playWhat keeps two people together and what breaks them apart Can we save someone else if Castellani s first three novels captivated me thoroughly but Leading Men took all my emotions and ratcheted them The Horizon The Royal Marines Saga up a level I can t stop thinking about this book I fell in love with Frank Merlo and Anja Bloom with Tennesee William s Italian jet setting ways with the backdrop of 1950s Italy with all of it The book is beautifully written so much so that now that I have read it to feel wrapped 奔馬 up in the story I intend to read it again for the craft of it I want to Last to Die understand how he turns those gorgeous phrases how he Night Moves uses POV to Dark Tide Rising William Monk #24 unwrap the most delicate parts of the story how he colors the world so the reader feels like they are a part of it Bravo Christopher Castellani bravo

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Characters Leading Men Free read Ý Leading Men 106 Christopher Castellani ò 6 Free read An expansive yet intimate story of desire artistic ambition and fidelity set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s ItalyIn July of 1953 at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino Italy Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress Their encounter will go on to alter all of their livesTen years later Frank revisits the tempestuous events o I kept waiting to feel something Trevor says For the first few pages I almost did but then as it went on and on I just wanted the guy to shut up and die already The whole thing was so self indulgentchokengistitikchokeng 223This had so much potential that my low rating is from a feeling of major disappointment than anything else It is an utter failure on almost every level with major boredom being the most egregious of its sins It isn t well written enough to ualify as literary fiction as do the two recent novels about Capote and his swans nor is it trashy gossipy fun Although I can semi see that the intention was to focus the attention on Merlo Williams is so consistently missing in action through most of this that one really gets no feel for the relationship itself until the final chapter For example midway through there is a lengthy scene during Visconti s filming of Senso that takes place with an entourage including Anna Magnani at a fish restaurant I wasn t sure Williams was even THERE until towards the end he finally utters two lines Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the playwright knows he couldn tWOULDN T have been silent for so long The other major annoyance is that Castellani shoehorns in tidbits from other lives real and otherwise that add nothing the author John Horne Burns and HIS Italian lover Sandro make an appearance primarily so that Sandro s son can become a character in the OTHER major storyline about a fictional Swedish actress apparently from the author s endnote inspired by Liv Ullman There is a chapter detailing Burns death that MIGHT have made an interesting short story but just feels superfluous here Castellani even manages to make Capote s infreuent cameos dull and lifeless something I would have thought well nigh impossible The actress s storyline revolves around Williams supposed last short play written in tribute to Merlo and the only copy of which he mails to the woman just prior to his death and which the actress attempts to stage in the penultimate chapter Castellani includes the entire mess of a manuscript here something he had written ten years earlier according to the endnote but it bears NONE of the hallmarks of Williams later experimental work as the author himself even admits Mindboggling in its ineptitudeI find it hard to believe ANY of the authors who have provided glowing blurbs for the back cover even read the book it is so far afield from my own experience True story 1973 San Francisco as a 19 year old undergraduate drama student I scored a cheap balcony seat to Williams umpteenth revision to what was then called The Two Character Play As the intermission was ending I scurried up the stairs to my seat only to see the great man himself descending the staircase coming towards me I could tell he was obviously drunk andor stoned and as we passed he stumbled and fell right into me I grabbed and uprighted him and he leaned into me kissed me on the cheek and whispered Sorry baby THAT is a far interesting and indicative story about the playwright than ANYTHING you will find in this book Lawrence Ferlinghetti versei up and die already The whole thing was so self indulgentchokengistitikchokeng 223This had so much potential that my low rating is from a feeling of major disappointment than anything else It is an A Coney Island of the Mind Poems utter failure on almost every level with major boredom being the most egregious of its sins It isn t well written enough to Fearful Hunter #1 ualify as literary fiction as do the two recent novels about Capote and his swans nor is it trashy gossipy fun Although I can semi see that the intention was to focus the attention on Merlo Williams is so consistently missing in action through most of this that one really gets no feel for the relationship itself The Wedding Day until the final chapter For example midway through there is a lengthy scene during Visconti s filming of Senso that takes place with an entourage including Anna Magnani at a fish restaurant I wasn t sure Williams was even THERE Promise Me Tomorrow until towards the end he finally Irresistible Intruder utters two lines Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the playwright knows he couldn tWOULDN T have been silent for so long The other major annoyance is that Castellani shoehorns in tidbits from other lives real and otherwise that add nothing the author John Horne Burns and HIS Italian lover Sandro make an appearance primarily so that Sandro s son can become a character in the OTHER major storyline about a fictional Swedish actress apparently from the author s endnote inspired by Liv Ullman There is a chapter detailing Burns death that MIGHT have made an interesting short story but just feels superfluous here Castellani even manages to make Capote s infreuent cameos dull and lifeless something I would have thought well nigh impossible The actress s storyline revolves around Williams supposed last short play written in tribute to Merlo and the only copy of which he mails to the woman just prior to his death and which the actress attempts to stage in the penultimate chapter Castellani includes the entire mess of a manuscript here something he had written ten years earlier according to the endnote but it bears NONE of the hallmarks of Williams later experimental work as the author himself even admits Mindboggling in its ineptitudeI find it hard to believe ANY of the authors who have provided glowing blurbs for the back cover even read the book it is so far afield from my own experience True story 1973 San Francisco as a 19 year old The Ripening Sun One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard undergraduate drama student I scored a cheap balcony seat to Williams The Razor's Edge umpteenth revision to what was then called The Two Character Play As the intermission was ending I scurried The Old Man Who Loved Cheese up the stairs to my seat only to see the great man himself descending the staircase coming towards me I could tell he was obviously drunk andor stoned and as we passed he stumbled and fell right into me I grabbed and Doll 87th Precinct #20 uprighted him and he leaned into me kissed me on the cheek and whispered Sorry baby THAT is a far interesting and indicative story about the playwright than ANYTHING you will find in this book

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Characters Leading Men Free read Ý Leading Men 106 Christopher Castellani ò 6 Free read We can't save ourselves Like The Master and The Hours Leading Men seamlessly weaves fact and fiction to navigate the tensions between public figures and their private lives In an ultimately heartbreaking story about the burdens of fame and the complex negotiations of life in the shadows of greatness Castellani creates an unforgettable leading lady in Anja Bloom and reveals the hidden machinery of one of the great literary love stories of the twentieth centur If I was a writer I would write historical fictionI m not saying it s easy but the raw material is already there for you You research the heck out of something or someone that already interests you then let your imagination run wild then go back and meticulously check all the available facts to make sure what you ve written COULD have happened What could be funBy all accounts Tennessee Williams was a larger than life person and as the author has pointed out in interviews already written about ad nauseam But how interesting to learn that virtually ALL of his acclaimed work was done when he was in a 15 year relationship with a man named Frank Merlo So Castellani turns that biography on it s head and makes his story about Frank What is it like to be the muse of the greatest playwright of the 20th centuryUnsurprisingly Merlo never had much of a career of his own So little is known about the man that Castellani must have had a difficult time making him interesting therefore he threw in an entirely fictional woman girl actually Anya based on a real life young woman who was sleeping with the same Italian laborer as her mother Anya had him first Those are the kinds of juicy tidbits that keep you turning the pages Castellani puts in another character than makes us sit up and take notice the endlessly fascinating Truman Capote who was a contemporary of Tennessee Williams I never tire of reading about Truman and his flair for the dramatic I think Castellani misses an opportunity to make his novel interesting by doing with the characters of Capote and AnyaBy all accounts Frank Merlo was kind and caring whereas Williams was than a bit of a heel Williams was generous with money but emotionally absent and physically absent when Merlo needed him most when he was dying of lung cancer at a very young age This was pre AIDS epidemic but one has to wonder if his cancer was AIDS relatedIn conclusion while I enjoyed this novel thoroughly it was not without problems particularly in the last 3rd of the book It dragged a bit and could have been helped by some page turning gossip Capote was just sitting there waiting to be tapped and Anya was crafted to be too much of an old soul when she could have given life to the novel Lost Souls ultimately heartbreaking story about the burdens of fame and the complex negotiations of life in the shadows of greatness Castellani creates an Swamp Foetus unforgettable leading lady in Anja Bloom and reveals the hidden machinery of one of the great literary love stories of the twentieth centur If I was a writer I would write historical fictionI m not saying it s easy but the raw material is already there for you You research the heck out of something or someone that already interests you then let your imagination run wild then go back and meticulously check all the available facts to make sure what you ve written COULD have happened What could be funBy all accounts Tennessee Williams was a larger than life person and as the author has pointed out in interviews already written about ad nauseam But how interesting to learn that virtually ALL of his acclaimed work was done when he was in a 15 year relationship with a man named Frank Merlo So Castellani turns that biography on it s head and makes his story about Frank What is it like to be the muse of the greatest playwright of the 20th centuryUnsurprisingly Merlo never had much of a career of his own So little is known about the man that Castellani must have had a difficult time making him interesting therefore he threw in an entirely fictional woman girl actually Anya based on a real life young woman who was sleeping with the same Italian laborer as her mother Anya had him first Those are the kinds of juicy tidbits that keep you turning the pages Castellani puts in another character than makes Shadows us sit The House on Tradd Street up and take notice the endlessly fascinating Truman Capote who was a contemporary of Tennessee Williams I never tire of reading about Truman and his flair for the dramatic I think Castellani misses an opportunity to make his novel interesting by doing with the characters of Capote and AnyaBy all accounts Frank Merlo was kind and caring whereas Williams was than a bit of a heel Williams was generous with money but emotionally absent and physically absent when Merlo needed him most when he was dying of lung cancer at a very young age This was pre AIDS epidemic but one has to wonder if his cancer was AIDS relatedIn conclusion while I enjoyed this novel thoroughly it was not without problems particularly in the last 3rd of the book It dragged a bit and could have been helped by some page turning gossip Capote was just sitting there waiting to be tapped and Anya was crafted to be too much of an old soul when she could have given life to the novel


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    [E–pub] Leading Men BY Christopher Castellani Beginning in 1953 some of the glitterati of the literati are the leading men of this novel The big names here are Tennessee Williams and the malicious gossip Truman Capote he makes only a few appearances The other two leading men are Williams’ partnerassistantnursemaid the good natured and reliable Frank Merlo and the lesser kn

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    Christopher Castellani ò 6 Free read [E–pub] Leading Men BY Christopher Castellani Upon finishing this novel I felt full A kind of full that I wouldn't have expected while reading the first half It snuck up on me I felt like I had been eating a ten course meal without realizing it While there is much about this novel that is universal the story stays suarely in its lane At its heart this novel is about how we forge relationships between lovers and parents and children and colleagues and friends The n

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    Christopher Castellani ò 6 Free read Free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ò Christopher Castellani [E–pub] Leading Men BY Christopher Castellani Italy a booze soaked party thrown by Truman Capote a mysterious Swedish film star and the gorgeous love story between Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo what's not to adore about this novel From the first page I was swept into the rich and mesmerizing world of Castellani's LEADING MEN and enjoyed it right up to its incredibly mov

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    [E–pub] Leading Men BY Christopher Castellani Free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ò Christopher Castellani Leading Men by Christopher CastellaniThis a very dull attempt to make something of the relationship between Frank Merlo and his lover Tennesse Williams that lasted from 1947 to Merlo's death in 1963 The book opens in July of 1953 when Truman Capote throws a party in Portofino Italy There the motherdaughter duo BitteAnja Blongren

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