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He (edició 2018)

de John Connolly (Autor)

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"John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension among the commercial demands, artistic integrity, and the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists"--
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Títol:He
Autors:John Connolly (Autor)
Informació:Quercus (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 464 pages
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It took me a little while to get used to the style of writing in this book, but I’m really glad I got to read it. Although it is a fictionalized account of Stan Laurels life, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for the people written here. The ending was especially sad. Great book. ( )
  Arkrayder | Feb 2, 2019 |
A biographical novel about the last days of comedy great Stan Laurel (1890-1965). As he reflects back on his life -- including, of course, his long (and highly successful) partnership with Oliver Hardy -- he remembers (among other events) his beginnings in vaudeville in his native England, his friendship/rivalry with Charlie Chaplin, and his train-wreck of relationships with women, with all the attending legal disputes. But central to all is his relationship with 'Babe' Hardy, who was perhaps the single constant in his ever-changing, roller-coaster life. -- The portrait of Laurel that emerges is aptly summarized by his attorney Ben Shipman, who muses (p. 372), "...in his [Laurel's] misbehavior may be glimpsed the actions of a lost child. On one level he is almost guileless, despite the hurt he causes to those who love him, because he so rarely sets out to cause any hurt at all. It is damage without deliberation, pain without intent. Yet he is selfish, even if his selfishness is a function of his insecurity, and the wreckage he leaves in his wake is no less injurious for the absence of malice." The author's writing style intrudes perhaps too often and, to some degree, Hardy remains a rather amorphous character, lingering in Laurel's shadow, but the book reads quickly and benefits from short chapters. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
When I first heard that John Connolly had written a fictional account of the life of Stan Laurel, based on the latter's correspondence, I was very intrigued to acquire and read the book. I have the greatest admiration for JC but am more familiar with his creation the anti hero and very troubled detective Charlie Parker the series now having reached book No. 15, each one written with a flair and brilliance that has seen Connolly acclaimed both in Europe and the US, and rightly so. "He" a book giving the reader a glimpse into the amazing and often troubled life of a man who achieved fame and adulation in the early days of the "talkies" ...Stan Laurel. The he in the book is of course "him", the author never uses his stage name simply because Stan Laurel did not really exist and the true essence of the man is somewhere between Arthur Jefferson, his birth name, and his stage name. In order to construct and present Stan Laurel's story Connolly has utilized the massive correspondence that Laurel wrote in his lifetime, a correspondence that although give little if any insight into the true mind and workings of this comic genius, nevertheless presented the author with a blueprint for him to construct, mould and shape the life of Laurel and his undoubted love and respect for his comic partner Oliver "babe" Hardy.

This is a wonderful story a warm and affectionate analysis of a man whose existence was never dull, often sad (his son Stan Robert Laurel died at only 9 days old) his liberal attitude to alcohol and his many affairs including in total 4 wives. His only daughter Lois, a product of his first marriage, was born in 1927 and who recently died in July 2017. Reading "He" was akin to a walk through the old Hollywood from the popular birth of silent movies to the often painful upheaval that became the world of the talkies. Laurel and Hardy not only accepted this change but so much of their success happened after the talkie transition including such memorable classics as Way out West, and A chump at Oxford all under the guidance of renowned American Film Producer Hal Roach. "He" is centred around the Oceana apts in Santa Monica California where Laurel lived until his death, with his fourth wife Ida, and from this base SL reminisces on the events good and bad that shaped his life.

From reading the press release before the actual book launch John Connolly states that the idea behind this novel was born in 1999.( In the meantime we the reader have been enthralled by the adventures of former policeman Charlie Parker seeking some form of redemption following the murder of his wife and daughter). It is to the author's credit that "he" has been nurtured, developed, researched and planned as the final product is a work of such originality and imagination. It made me feel that I was eavesdropping into a time and place no longer with us and a world where I became privy to the conversations, the genius, the intellect, and the brilliance of the great Stan Laurel. Many thanks to the publisher Hodder and Stoughton for a gratis copy in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. ( )
  runner56 | Aug 27, 2017 |
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