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Actress (2020)

– tekijä: Anne Enright

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Katherine O'Dell is an Irish theater legend. As her daughter, Norah, retraces her mother's celebrated career and bohemian life, she delves into long-kept secrets, both her mother's and her own. Katherine began her career on Ireland's bus-and-truck circuit before making it to London's West End, Broadway, and finally Hollywood. Every moment of her life is a performance, with young Norah standing in the wings. But the mother-daughter romance cannot survive Katherine's past or the world's damage. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, Katherine's grip on reality grows fitful. Fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime.As Norah's role gradually changes to Katherine's protector, caregiver, and finally legacy-keeper, she revisits her mother's life of fiercely kept secrets; and Norah reveals in turn the secrets of her own sexual and emotional coming-of-age story. Her narrative is shaped by three braided searches--for her father's identity; for her mother's motive in donning a Chanel suit one morning and shooting a TV producer in the foot; and her own search for a husband, family, and work she loves.Bringing to life two generations of women with difficult sexual histories, both assaulted and silenced, both finding--or failing to find--their powers of recovery, Actress touches a raw and timely nerve. With virtuosic storytelling and in prose at turns lyrical and knife-sharp, Enright takes readers to the heart of the maddening yet tender love that binds a mother and daughter.… (lisätietoja)
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As much as I love the theatre, there were references to plays and actors that I honestly couldn’t differentiate between which were real and fake, but that isn’t a fault, mind you. The writer’s passion for her home country of Ireland shines on the pages, with lush descriptions of the landscape and the Irish way of life.⁣ ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 9, 2021 |
I had to try twice to read this book, and I love historical fiction. It took me so long to get through it the time I did manage to finish. It was boring at times, but Enrights writing was brilliant enough to finally get me through. I guess what bothers me, was that I was supposed to feel something for Norah, and I didn’t. I just don’t see how a few moments of witnessing an eccentric mother could shape her into what she was? The relationship just didn’t seem compelling enough, or maybe it just wasn’t deep enough. Usually, historical fiction draws a much stronger emotion out of me, but this story left me flat. ( )
1 ääni MissLissa23 | Mar 24, 2021 |
I had to try twice to read this book, and I love historical fiction. It took me so long to get through it the time I did manage to finish. It was boring at times, but Enrights writing was brilliant enough to finally get me through. I guess what bothers me, was that I was supposed to feel something for Norah, and I didn’t. I just don’t see how a few moments of witnessing an eccentric mother could shape her into what she was? The relationship just didn’t seem compelling enough, or maybe it just wasn’t deep enough. Usually, historical fiction draws a much stronger emotion out of me, but this story left me flat. ( )
  MissLissa23 | Mar 24, 2021 |
(7.5)I am struggling to rate this book. For myself, it got off to a slow start.
Norah Fitzmaurice, a novelist, is approached to do an interview on her mother, the late Katherine O'Dell. She was a well-known and beloved actress in Ireland in her twenties and thirties. But how do you describe your perception of your mother when it is so very different to the public perception of this glamorous icon?
Norah's husband suggests that she researches and writes her own book. So Norah sets out to uncover the truth about her mother's life, from her birth until her death in her fifties, by which time she had been diagnosed with mental health problems, following a shooting incident.
Norah had always considered she had a close loving relationship with her mother, despite her many absences when performing in theatre or movie sets.
However, her research reveals that there was much she kept hidden from Norah. The biggest secret being who Norah's birth father was.
I often struggle to engage in books about the acting scene and stardom, as it holds little interest for me. The book improved, I felt, when Norah recounts her own sexual awakening and personal life. The book reads like a memoir and I did check to see if it was at all autobiographical, but no it is pure fiction, so in this sense it is a convincing portrayal of perhaps how little one knows about someone whom one considers to be close. ( )
  HelenBaker | Mar 18, 2021 |
I thought this was pretty meh, though it did expose a few things along its plotless meandering. The narrator is the daughter of a famous actress, and she talks about how her mother was mistreated by the men she worked for and with. How the actors she worked with loved to slap and mistreat her in a play, how the director worked to make sure her acting wasn't appreciated. Then today I read this about auteur theory, the theory that the only important person in a movie is a producer, and he can mistreat the actors as he wishes, and he often chooses to mistreat the women actors. https://io9.gizmodo.com/its-well-past-time-to-rethink-auteur-theory-and-the-way-....
I'd known about Hitchcock because of recent films about him, but I didn't know about the others. Once again, maybe the book was better than I thought it was. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Feb 14, 2021 |
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Katherine O'Dell is an Irish theater legend. As her daughter, Norah, retraces her mother's celebrated career and bohemian life, she delves into long-kept secrets, both her mother's and her own. Katherine began her career on Ireland's bus-and-truck circuit before making it to London's West End, Broadway, and finally Hollywood. Every moment of her life is a performance, with young Norah standing in the wings. But the mother-daughter romance cannot survive Katherine's past or the world's damage. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, Katherine's grip on reality grows fitful. Fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime.As Norah's role gradually changes to Katherine's protector, caregiver, and finally legacy-keeper, she revisits her mother's life of fiercely kept secrets; and Norah reveals in turn the secrets of her own sexual and emotional coming-of-age story. Her narrative is shaped by three braided searches--for her father's identity; for her mother's motive in donning a Chanel suit one morning and shooting a TV producer in the foot; and her own search for a husband, family, and work she loves.Bringing to life two generations of women with difficult sexual histories, both assaulted and silenced, both finding--or failing to find--their powers of recovery, Actress touches a raw and timely nerve. With virtuosic storytelling and in prose at turns lyrical and knife-sharp, Enright takes readers to the heart of the maddening yet tender love that binds a mother and daughter.

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