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  • Title: A Way of Life, Like Any Other
  • Author: Darcy O'Brien Seamus Heaney
  • ISBN: 9780940322790
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback

  • The hero of Darcy O Brien s A Way of Life, Like Any Other is a child of Hollywood, and once his life was a glittery dream His father starred in Westerns His mother was a goddess of the silver screen The family enjoyed the high life on their estate, Casa Fiesta But his parents careers have crashed since then, and their marriage has broken up too.Lovesick and sex crazedThe hero of Darcy O Brien s A Way of Life, Like Any Other is a child of Hollywood, and once his life was a glittery dream His father starred in Westerns His mother was a goddess of the silver screen The family enjoyed the high life on their estate, Casa Fiesta But his parents careers have crashed since then, and their marriage has broken up too.Lovesick and sex crazed, the mother sets out on an intercontinental quest for the right or wrong man, while her mild mannered but manipulative former husband clings to his memories in California And their teenage son How he struggles both to keep faith with his family and to get by himself, and what in the end he must do to break free, makes for a classic coming of age story a novel that combines keen insight and devastating wit to hilarious and heartbreaking effect.
    Darcy O'Brien Seamus Heaney
    Darcy O Brien was born in Los Angeles, the son of Hollywood silent film actor George O Brien and actress Marguerite Churchill.O Brien attended Princeton University and University of Cambridge, and received a master s degree and doctorate from the University of California, Berkely From 1965 to 1978 he was a professor of English at Pomona College In 1978 he moved to Tulsa, and taught at the Univesity of Tulsa until 1995.O Brien was married three times and had one daughter named Molly O Brien O Brien died of a heart attack in Tulsa on March 2, 1998.


    Commentaires:

    Jesse
    Disappointed to be let down by this one; it sounded so up my alley. Another reviewer here has astutely observed that "the pleasure is all in the voice," but unfortunately, as the narrative progressed I found the narrative voice less and less a source of pleasure and more and more of, well, active annoyance. To be sure, O'Brien's wryly detached viewpoint combined with his clean, crystalline prose style makes for several extremely arresting opening chapters, and the staidness of his perspective in [...]

    Eddie Watkins
    Deceptively light and breezy memoir-charged novel of a teenage boy and his broken dysfunctional Hollywood family - mother a sex fiend, father a fat washed up star - its dry humor delivered by darting serpentine sentences evading a largely unspoken (though felt) emotional gravity. Set in the 50's (I think), but written in the 70's, it lulls you with a period propriety only to shed its gentlemanly nature to land a devastatingly funny "cock" or "fuck".Bought this 11 years ago when in LA. Read this [...]

    Vale
    anche una storia come le altre e un narratore niente affatto speciale. Mi aspettavo di più da questo libro dalla copertina patinata e da una quarta in cui si paragona l'autore a Salinger.Se c'è una ragione per leggerlo può essere solo per le descrizioni della vecchia Hollywood poiché lì sì, che la storia diviene intrigante in quanto fonte di atmosfere dimenticate.I capitoli sono suddivisi per luoghi, ma manca un filo conduttore e ci si chiede cosa voglia raccontare e perché abbia sentito [...]

    J.
    When you think about it, there was never any good reason to expect that the two or three golden generations of the original Hollywood empire should have been at all cultivated, poised, sensible or even polite. They were the living definition of a "ragtag bunch" that succeeded, alongside a unimaginably explosive new medium, often on the vaudvillian talents of looking good, cracking wise, and having the nerve to try.So it's not too surprising to know that quite often the practitioners -- whether a [...]

    Tosh
    Since I live in Los Angeles, I am fond of tales about Hollywood life - especially from the 20's through the 60's - and this novel (or is it really a memoir?) is about a child being raised by a Hollywood couple during the golden era of Hollywood. It covers the high and low and is a remarkable book.

    Richard
    The pleasure is all in the voice. This unshockable, worldly-wise Hollywood teen, with his droll perceptions about his once-successful parents and their rich, hi-gloss friends, is so well-drawn that he bears comparison with Holden Caulfield - and that's the highest praise I can think of. For me, though, the performance is marred by just TOO much ennui creeping in at the middle, and a jarring note of real bitterness at the end. If Salinger is Cote D'Or Burgundy, this is a $100 bottle of California [...]

    Alvin
    An amusing tale of growing up in a family that's at once sordid and absurd, with the added bonus that it takes place in an atmosphere of Hollywood hokum.

    Ed Ward
    Wow. 150 pages of dynamite. I indulged a long-held desire last year and ordered abunch of "collections" from NYRB Books, and one was the Hollywoodcollection because I wanted to read Eve Babitz' book. This was inthat bundle, and since I'd never heard of it, I never really lookedat it. Bad mistake. It's essentially a twisted bildungsroman about the son of two fadedHollywood stars growing into teenhood as his mother and father --divorced, of course -- hit the skids. O'Brien's parents were GeorgeO'B [...]

    Sam
    This book should be taught in a creative writing course entitled Comic Irony 101. Bravura scenes of Old Hollywood in decline, and a tenderness and sympathy that's missing from a lot of celebrity kid memoirs. Vicious in its own way, too, especially in how it gives its characters enough narrative rope to hang themselves. It's the voice that will get you here, a detached decadence that seems like pure California, minor domestic horrors colored with humorous LA sunshine. Seriously, if you're sufferi [...]

    Ellie
    Sad and funny. I hope the author, Darcy O'Brien did not base his book, A Way Of Life, Like Any Other! On his own life. The narrator is the adolescent son of two faded film stars, self-absorbed and self-centered, far more interested in their own lives and emotional states to care for their son. They use him when convenient and otherwise forget about him. For his part, the son takes care of them better than they do of him and patches together a life for himself. This description, however, does not [...]

    Tara
    O'Brien can craft a sentence well, and is able to strike a (for lack of a better term) readable tone, but I was left cold. He seems to want to make judgments, but refuses, and in the end this inability to find sense or grace, forgiveness or purposeful anger results in a striking tone of self-absorbed bitterness. Certainly that's a valid reaction to have to the delusional characters around him, but I persist in a (possibly outdated) belief that we don't read novels to just have a timeline of even [...]

    Emily
    The adolescent boy who narrates the book witnesses the absurdities of his parents (Hollywood has-beens) and their friends. He describes the modulations in his attitude towards their bizarre behavior with an almost clinical detachment, charting his moments of tolerance, disrespect, humor and love, refusing to place judgment on his own behavior just as in the end he refuses to censure the heroic irresponsibility of his mother and the unthinking narrowness of his father. At times, the way he hides [...]

    Susan
    A book club read, the buzz on this book was that it was hilarious. I did not find this to be the case. Nor did I find the dysfunctional aspects of this family very interesting. I would not recommend.

    David
    Good fun, but I I'm not sure that I really understood his father. I was OK until the end would he really have stolen that ring? Or is the point that the son has become someone more like his hideous, selfish mother?

    Connie
    I started reading this book, but decided it was not something that I was interested in.

    Sue Corbett
    Not funny as claimed - sad really and crammed with unbelievable characters but being in hollywood probably par for the course - an autobiography that persuaded me I'd had a good life!

    Noah
    Another winner in the NYRB Classics series. I bought it because it was recommended by Seamus Heaney. I enjoyed it because it had a distinctive voice--wry, bitter, rueful. Not much to the story, really, but the narrator himself is worth spending time with. I also can't think of a better novel I've read about Hollywood.

    Christopher Renberg
    Good read. Quick read. Funny read. Just couldn’t get into the characters that much. Interesting glimpse into “Old Hollywood” as it was fading.

    Debbi
    A coming-of-age-story about the son of two washed up Hollywood stars. Takes place in the 50's and while he tries to be funny the author only succeeds about half the time.

    Michele
    An absolute laugh riot.

    Izabela
    3,5

    JacquiWine
    Darcy O’Brien was the son of actor George O’Brien (star of several silent films and 1930s Westerns), and stage and screen actress Marguerite Churchill, a frequent co-star of John Wayne. A Way of Life, Like Any Other, is Darcy’s semi-autobiographical novel inspired by his experiences of growing up in Los Angeles in the 1940s and ‘50s. It’s a terrific novel: part compassionate satire, part touching coming-of-age story, and another absolute gem from NYRB Classics. Guy and Max have already [...]

    Michael Armijo
    This was okayt the greatest but it was interesting to read how Darcy grew up in Beverly Hills (in the 1940's-1950's) as a boy surrounded by celebrity and the so-called high-life (not necessarily always good). It wasn't until I re-read the lines that impacted me that I realized that I really did take away some interesting enlightenment (which meant that I really liked it more than I thought). I completed the book while in-flight on a SouthWest Airlines flight from OAKLAND to LOS ANGELES on March [...]

    Jason McKinney
    This was perfectly okay. It's not anything special though, regardless of what Seamus Heaney says.

    Adam
    This novel is a triumph of style. Darcy O'Brien writes the coming-of-age story of a young unnamed narrator and his parents, two aging Hollywood stars in the autumn of their lives, desperate to pull everything and everyone down with them in their slow descent into obscurity.The book starts on a high note, showing the family during the happy years; father had movie deal after movie deal, mother threw extravagant parties (and got a bit too drunk most nights), the young narrator engages with party g [...]

    Darnia
    Well, where should I begin? I thought this book is kind of a biography but in the end of the book, the author confirmed that this is just a fiction (some of the reader believe that this book was his autobiography).Our hero was a young boy named Salty (this is just a nickname, which.rprisingly, announced in the middle of the book!!) who lived at Hollywood with a selfish, dreamer and obsessed-of-the-right-man's mother and an ex-cowboy actor's father. Off course his parent finally divorced and he f [...]

    Rage
    when I got to the end, I was kind of dissatisfied -- the last vignette didn't feel conclusory to me, and yet, it was the end. on reflection, though, there is a lot I appreciated about this book. I wanted to read it now because I will be leaving LA soon and I was curious about how it would compare to things that I have seen while living out here (being not the child of any stars, not a native or in the entertainment industry, etc). in the beginning, the narrator kind of passively, in a very detac [...]

    Matt
    I came to this one from the wrong direction, I'm afraid, misreading a blurb and thinking this was a girl's coming of age in Hollywood story, kind of a version of the Didion story, and was excited-- it's a peculiar experience, I'm learning, that leaves you think Darcy is a girl's name.In truth, this is a very male story, as is its narrator, a young man who shuttles between his two very damaged and dysfunctional parents after their divorces-- mostly, this book is a record of some very funny and at [...]

    Tyler Jones
    The main thrust of the typical coming-of-age novel involves the loss of childhood innocence as the nasty world shows its true face. In this sense O'Brien's novel is exactly as its title would suggest- the story moves from a protected environment very removed from the realities of "real life" into an instable world of greed and delusion. How A Way of Life differs is in the magnitude and speed of the fall, and in the deft balance of humor and heartbreak. The novel begins from the rarified heights [...]

    gwayle
    I know I probably won't remember it in several months, but I found this novel delightfully engaging. The narrator, a teenager and native Angeleno, recalls his parents' divorce and fall from Hollywood fame. He listens sympathetically to his mother's soliloquies about her imagined sufferings and ridiculous love affairs, and he plays along with his father's mania for Navy-style order and delusions of grandeur. The sense of humor is wry and irresistible as the narrator flits between affection and mo [...]

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