A Bright Ray of Darkness

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A Bright Ray of Darkness

A Bright Ray of Darkness

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Drawing on his own experience playing Hotspur at Lincoln Center in 2003, Hawke creates spectacular performances — on and offstage — by King Henry, Prince Hal, Falstaff and the whole cast of brittle egos conniving for the director’s love and the audience’s attention.

This guy has more Yoda-figures in his life than most of us have Chewbacca-figures on our hardwood floors (rug burn joke). g. Dad) who've barely been mentioned suddenly get dropped into the narrative so they can eat up 20-30 pp. At the same time, he's drinking too much, fearful of losing his kids and stumbling from one damaging sexual encounter to the next. The consensus, he begins to hear, is that he must relinquish his unearned sense of specialness and stop trying to make sure everybody likes him. I learned quickly of the power, the absolute nuclear power, of the deceit attached to any kind of storytelling.

A Bright Ray of Darkness” is clearly the work of an author who knows every aspect of the profession from the inside: the tedious rehearsals, the clash of personalities, the real-not-real intimacy of a love scene, the possibility of injury during a sword fight.

This is an honest to god page turner that benefits from Hawke's insider knowledge of what goes into putting on a major production, and contains some wise and world-weary contemplations on both the profession and being human in general, My minor quibble is that such philosophizing, especially in the final section, gets a might ponderous at times, and I would have liked much more on the rehearsal period - as it is, the book jumps from first rehearsal to opening preview, and since it is a short novel (199 pages), could well have been padded out with details on that missing period. It’s not clear whether he still loves his wife but the thought that he will lose his constant contact with his children is hurting him deeply. Also, I think Hawke must not have interacted with his children much because 3 and 5 year old children do NOT have the prolific conversations that they had with their Dad in this book. I'm not sure what it was exactly, because the thought of reading a book about an actor starring in his first broadway play, doing Shakespeare of all things, while in the midst of a third-life crisis, didn't sound super up my alley. Realistic characters, and a depressing close-up of a self-centred actor sitting on the self-destruct button, and his journey of self-discovery while his life implodes.

Be that as it may, I thoroughly enjoyed Hawke's tome, and am tempted to read at least some of his backlist. There are some brilliant moments about art/acting and partnering/parenting that are honest and touching, but the rambling oft cocaine fueled monologues felt self conscious and the sex scenes actually made me angry, I’ll never forget “…her arms were so thin” Ugh.

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.Amid the endless pandemic lockdown, reading this novel with its spirited scene-by-scene reenactments is the closest I’ve gotten to live theater in 10 months. William Harding, aunque una estrella de Hollywood, es un joven atormentado, disgustado consigo mismo tras el fracaso de su matrimonio, esperando aún una reconciliación que le permita perdonarse, mientras torpemente —y a veces hilarantemente— trata de manejar los restos de su vida personal con whisky y sexo. But not everything seems based on real life - the Falstaff in the book is a blowhard actor named Virgil who is immensely fat . Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. A Bright Ray of Darkness, is an unhinged story of a famous actor married to a rock star at the cusp of divorce.



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