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review Leading Men 103 ë ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☃ Leading Men Author Christopher Castellani – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk An expansive 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 P An expansive yet intimate story of dCan'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 centu. If I was a writer I would write historical fictionI’m not saying it’s easy 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 all the available facts to make sure what you’ve written COULD have happened What could be funBy all accounts Tennessee Williams was a larger than life person and as the author has pointed out in interviews already written about ad nauseam But how interesting to learn that virtually ALL of his acclaimed work was done when he was in a 15 year relationship with a man named Frank Merlo So Castellani turns that biography on it’s head and makes his story about Frank What is it like to be the muse of the greatest playwright of the 20th centuryUnsurprisingly Merlo never had much of a career of his own So little is known about the man that Castellani must have had a difficult time making him interesting therefore he threw in an entirely fictional woman girl actually Anya based on a real life young woman who was sleeping with the same Italian laborer as her mother Anya had him first Those are the kinds of juicy tidbits that keep you turning the pages Castellani puts in another character than makes us sit up and take notice the endlessly fascinating Truman Capote who was a contemporary of Tennessee Williams I never tire of reading about Truman and his flair for the dramatic I think Castellani misses an opportunity to make his novel interesting by doing with the characters of Capote and AnyaBy all accounts Frank Merlo was kind and caring whereas Williams was than a bit of a heel Williams was generous with money but emotionally absent and physically absent when Merlo needed him most when he was dying of lung cancer at a very young age This was pre AIDS epidemic but one has to wonder if his cancer was AIDS relatedIn conclusion while I enjoyed this novel thoroughly it was not without problems particularly in the last 3rd of the book It dragged a bit and could have been helped by some page turning gossip Capote was just sitting there waiting to be tapped and Anya was crafted to be too much of an old soul when she could have given life to the novel

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At 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 events of 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 else if we. Castellani's first three novels captivated me thoroughly but Leading Men took all my emotions 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

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Leading MenAn expansive yet intimate story of desire artistic ambition and fidelity set in the glamorous literary and film circles of s ItalyIn July of 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 encounter will go on to alter all of their livesTen years later Frank revisits the tempestuous events of th. This one held no appeal to me I tried to get into it but gave up at the 20% point