A Bright Ray of Darkness

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A Bright Ray of Darkness

A Bright Ray of Darkness

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But I had never read any of his earlier works, so was pleasantly amazed at just how excellent this book is. Like guy is ridiculously famous, guy gets girl(s) -- all of them -- guy feels sorry for himself while he struggles with fortune's whims (love-hate relationship with fame, struggles with domestic life, mostly), and guy talks about how rough it is to be roguishly handsome and 180 pounds of muscle. What we get is a subtle and realistic character arc as William starts to grow up, both professionally and personally. I kind of wish he weren’t a well-known actor because that gets in the way of him receiving the well-deserved literary admiration people have for, say, Jess Walter and Steve Toltz, whose books I would put on the same shelf next to this one. It’s a demanding part and the production’s director is a supremely driven, hard-nosed veteran who will accept nothing less than total focus on producing the very best performance from his cast.

Slinking off to his room amid the ruins of his “collapsing life,” William knows he’s an international pariah, the poster man-child for infidelity. From the rehearsals to performances to the teardown, we see William in the show and learning in life. It's about an actor (well, duh) performing Shakespeare ( Henry IV) on Broadway as he is coming off a divorce to a big-time pop singer. 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. 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.

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.

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. Such a wise and uncompromising study of our interconnectedness in blood, sweat, and tears in the struggle to be our own person. A bracing meditation on fame and celebrity, and the redemptive, healing power of art; a portrait of the ravages of disappointment and divorce; a poignant consideration of the rites of fatherhood and manhood; a novel soaked in rage and sex, longing and despair; and a passionate love letter to the world of theater, A Bright Ray of Darkness showcases Ethan Hawke’s gifts as a novelist as never before.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.

When you are starting a movie, everything runs perfectly--town cars, hotel rooms, per diem--but once the film ends they couldn't give a shit. But Hawke is also known as the man who cheated on Uma Thurman and offered loutish excuses about the sexual needs of great men like Martin Luther King Jr. In 1988, Hawke was cast in a role in director Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society; the film's success was considered Hawke's breakthrough. The writing is fantastic, and the narrative and the characterisation are so true to life yet distant enough to be fiction.

A bracing meditation on fame and celebrity, and the redemptive, healing power of art; a portrait of the ravages of disappointment and divorce; a poignant consideration of the rites of fatherhood and manhood; a novel soaked in rage and sex, longing and despair; and a passionate love letter to the world of theatre, A Bright Ray of Darkness showcases Ethan Hawke's gifts as a novelist as never before. Der Hauptcharakter ist ein Filmstar, der mit Anfang 30 alles zu verlieren scheint: Seine Frau (ein Mega-Star) droht mit Scheidung, er wirkt verloren in einer Theaterproduktion und verliert sich fast selbst in der Dunkelheit. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Con una prosa sincera y valiente, no exenta de humor, Hawke revela al lector los entresijos del mundo de la interpretación, donde los oropeles y las limusinas se dan la mano con la ansiedad y el desgarro más devastadores.



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