Ron L L itibaren Parihara, West Bengal 721422, Hindistan
This is a fun and dare I say educational read about screenwriting from a Hollywood success. William Goldman dishes silly gossip and gives valuable advice about breaking into the biz.
It took me a long time of putting down and taking back up this book, until right before I left for Egypt when it suddendly became hugely important and applicable to my life, and I took notes and read it every night in my sleeping bag on the couch of people I had just met.
I read this book in high school and then wrote a paper comparing it to The Awakening. While I don't remember Ethan Frome all that well, I know that it was dark, perhaps a bit bleak and hopeless. But then again, as a 17-year-old, I was dark, bleak, and hopeless. So maybe it just came to me at the right time.
I actually started this book sometime in mid-to-late October, but was trying to juggle it with some other books and I was just getting confused trying to read multiple books at one time. This book grabbed me right from the beginning, which is probably the reason I put it down in order to finish the other books. I think I would never have finished the other books I was reading while reading Exit the Actress because I was enjoying this the most. SO, I picked it up again in November, and I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. I love the style Priya Parmar uses to tell the story, and the story really is a fascinating one. I was somewhat familiar with Restoration England, King Charles II, John Wilmot - Second Earl of Rochester, and just a little familiar with Nell Gwyn. But now that I've read this book, I understand SO MUCH about this time period, and I feel that I really understand so much about Nell Gwyn and her life and the reasons she made the choices she made. The only disappointing thing about Exit the Actress is that the book had to end!!! Seriously -- I LOVED being in the world of Restoration England and the court of King Charles II, the theatre of the time and all the characters associated with it -- I just enjoyed the story so much and I did not want it to end. I love Priya Palmer's writing. She has a way of really drawing the reader into this incredible world to the point that I felt as though I was part of it. I'm looking forward to Priya's next book, which I believe is set during World War I. Thank you, Priya!!! Exit the Actress is fabulous!!!