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Uld not put down Christopher Castellani weaves pure magic with Leading Men historical fiction about the romantic relationship between playwright Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo Their party also includes a fictitious actress named Anja Bloom the author John Horne Burns his lover Sandro and in present day Sandro s grandson
and his boyfriend who inspire anja to his boyfriend who inspire Anja to mount final one act in Provincetown I fell madly in love with Merlo Castellani gets inside his head trying to figure out what makes this working class man tick It s Merlo s story we devour and crave in Leading Man Captivating and beautiful I can t stop thinking about it Upon finishing this novel I felt full A kind of full that I wouldn t have xpected while reading the first half It snuck up on me I felt like I had been ating a ten course meal without realizing it While there is much about this novel that is universal the story stays suarely in its lane At its heart this novel is about how we forge relationships between lovers and parents and children and colleagues and friends The novel alternates between the 1950s and decades in the future My first impression was that it had the feel of a novel written in the 1950s Kudos to the author for that While it is fiction it is based on real people As with all biographies there are things left unknown Oftentimes fiction gets at the truth better than nonfiction The novel starts off with plans to attend a party in Italy thro Leading Men by Christopher CastellaniThis a very dull attempt to make something of the relationship between Frank Merlo and his lover Tennesse Williams that lasted from 1947 to Merlo s death in 1963 The book opens in July of 1953 when Truman Capote throws a party in Portofino Italy There the motherdaughter duo BitteAnja Blongren become part of the story On the writer s note at the nd of the book the author states Ironically it was only after the Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. entirely fictional Anjantered the narrative that the plot began to take shape However it does not The plot is a mess There are at least four timelines 1953 1963 Frank s death 1983 and the present Chapters run back and forth without any rhyme or reason The narration is a somewhat third person point of view which leaves the reader without a voice to concentrate on The
Plot Is Very Boring It is very boring it as if nothing happens at all The characters themselves are one dimensional I never cared for any of themOnce again I was swayed by the New York Times to buy a book Once again I was very disappointed with their recommendation I strongly recommend you stay away from this book for that matter stay away from anything the New York Times recommend. We can't save ourselves Like The Master and The Hours Leading Men seamlessly weaves fact and fiction to navigate the tensions between public figures and their private lives In an ultimately heartbreaking story about the burdens of fame and the complex negotiations of life in the shadows of greatness Castellani creates an unforgettable leading lady in Anja Bloom and reveals the hidden machinery of one of the great literary love stories of the twentieth centur.
Christopher Castellani ✓ 4 charactersThis one held no appeal to me I tried to get into it but gave up at the 20% point Castellani s first three novels captivated me thoroughly but Leading Men took all my motions and ratcheted them up a level I can t stop thinking about this book I fell in love with Frank Merlo and Anja Bloom with Tennesee William s Italian jet setting ways with the backdrop of 1950s Italy with all of it The book is beautifully written so much so that now that I have read it to feel wrapped up in the story I intend to read it again for the craft of it I want to understand how he turns those gorgeous phrases how he uses POV to unwrap the most delicate parts of the story how he colors the world so the reader feels like they are a part of it Bravo Christopher Castellani bravo Italy a booze soaked party thrown by Truman Capote a mysterious Swedish film star and the gorgeous love story between Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo what s not to adore about this novel From the first page I was swept into the rich and mesmerizing world of Castellani s LEADING MEN and njoyed it right up to its incredibly moving and satisfying Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript ending This ambitious novel has a rich cast I kept waiting to feel something Trevor says For the first few pages I almost did but then as it went on and on I just wanted the guy to shut up and die already The whole thing was so self indulgentchokengistitikchokeng 223This had so much potential that my low rating is from a feeling of major disappointment than anythinglse It is an utter failure on almost very level with major boredom being the most gregious of its sins It isn t well written nough to ualify as literary fiction as do the two recent novels about Capote and his swans nor is it trashy gossipy fun Although I can semi see that the intention was
focus the attention on Merlo Williams is so consistently in action through most of this that one really gets no feel for the relationship itself until the final chapter For xample midway through there is a lengthy scene during Visconti s filming of Senso that takes place with an Walled entourage including Anna Magnani at a fish restaurant I wasn t sure Williams wasven THERE until towards the nd he finally utters twoTo Focus The Attention On Merlo Williams Is So Consistently
lines Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the playwright knows he couldn tWOULDN T have beenAnyone who knows ANYTHING about the playwright knows he couldn tWOULDN T have been for so long The other major annoyance is that Castellani shoehorns in tidbits from other lives real and otherwise that add nothing the author John Horne Burns and HIS Italian lover Sandro make an appearance primarily so that Sandro s son can become a character in the OTHER major storyline about a fictional Swedish actress apparently from the auth. An xpansive yet intimate story of desire artistic ambition and fidelity set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s ItalyIn July of 1953 at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino Italy Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress Their ncounter will go on to alter all of their livesTen years later Frank revisits the tempestuous vents Or s ndnote inspired by Liv Ullman There is a chapter detailing Burns death that MIGHT have made an interesting short story but just feels superfluous here Castellani ven manages to make Capote s infreuent cameos dull and lifeless something I would have thought well nigh impossible The actress s storyline revolves around Williams supposed last
short play written in tribute to Merlo and the only copy of which he mails to the woman justplay written in tribute to Merlo and the only copy of which he mails to the woman just to his death and which the actress attempts to stage in the penultimate chapter Castellani includes the Snowbound Seduction entire mess of a manuscript here something he had written ten yearsarlier according to the In the Surgical Theatre endnote but it bears NONE of the hallmarks of Williams laterxperimental work as the author himself Hinterlands and Commodities: Place, Space, Time and the Political Economic Development of Asia Over the Long Eighteenth Century even admits Mindboggling in its ineptitudeI find it hard to believe ANY of the authors who have provided glowing blurbs for the back coverven read the book it is so far afield from my own Hometown Valentine experience True story 1973 San Francisco as a 19 year old undergraduate drama student I scored a cheap balcony seat to Williams umpteenth revision to what was then called The Two Character Play As the intermission wasnding I
scurried what selfWhat self bores Bailed out at 13 still felt ndless If I was a writer I would write historical fictionI m not saying it s asy but the raw material is already there for you You research the heck out of something or someone that already interests you then let your imagination run wild then go back and meticulously check Beginning in 1953 some of the glitterati of the literati are the leading men of this novel The big names here are Tennessee Williams and the malicious gossip Truman Capote he makes only a few appearances The other two leading men are Williams partnerassistantnursemaid the good natured and reliable Frank Merlo and the lesser known author John Horne Burns As he lay dying in 1963 Merlo revisits a tumultuous summer with Williams and his role as bit player standing in the massive shadow of the renowned playwright It is during this summer that Williams and Merlo meet the soon to become iconic actress Anja who tells her portion of the tale as an old woman living in seclusion The movement throughout the book from one narrator to the other is flawless although Merlo s story is considerably compelling A blend of fact and fiction Leading Men reflects upon art fame longing and loyalty set against the bewitching backdrop of 1950 s Italy This is a genuinely poignant literary love story Did you know that Williams years with Merlo were his most productive I didn t My first perfect book of 2019 It s been awhile since I ve read a book I just simply co. F that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time Anja now legendary film icon Anja Bloom lives as a recluse in the present day US until a young man connected to the vents of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams's final playWhat keeps two people together and what breaks them apart Can we save someone lse if.