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Actress I ve been reading entirely too much genre fiction and not even the best of it, so a palate cleanser was due and nothing does the trick quite like a work of proper literature It may sound pretentious, but you know when you re in a presence of literary greatness, you just do You don t even have to love the plot, you can still appreciate the sheer beauty of language Somehow I ve never read the author, though she is quite well known and even an Booker recognized Well, Actress was a terrific intr I ve been reading entirely too much genre fiction and not even the best of it, so a palate cleanser was due and nothing does the trick quite like a work of proper literature It may sound pretentious, but you know when you re in a presence of literary greatness, you just do You don t even have to love the plot, you can still appreciate the sheer beauty of language Somehow I ve never read the author, though she is quite well known and even an Booker recognized Well, Actress was a terrific introduction to Enright The elegance of narrative alone, the seamless integration of language and emotions, the gorgeous vividness of the scenery And for all that, still an enjoyable coherent plot something Man Booker winner don t always feature oddly enough about a daughter s quest to know and understand her mother, a once upon a famous and then quietly faded star, not just an actress, but someone with a genuine star quality, fleeting and ethereal as that might be Katherine O Dell, an Irish legend, a star of theatre and cinema, someone whose career peaked across the ocean, but never sustained, all to end with a scandal and a relatively early death A woman, a mother, a thespian so well known and yet so unknowable to the person closest to her, her only daughter Someone left behind to reconcile the public and private figure her mother was or even to puzzle out who her father might have been This is very much the daughter s journey, but it is the mother s story If you know enough about the bygone era of actors and actresses which is to say when such gender based definitions were even utilized, not to mention valid and crucial sociologically Katherine s story is a pretty typical one The studios used their stars, squeezing them for every drop of beauty and talent, and threw them away when they aged out or became less in any way Stars peaked, burned brightly and fizzled out You know the trajectory, but it s still a compelling thing to behold The characters and scenarios have a certain familiarity, they are of a type, fictional or real and what is even the line between the two when it comes to showbusiness And yet, you can t help but be drawn into the story, owning in no small way to Enright s lovely writing It s almost hypnotic in a way, it s so immersive and it reads so quickly I did it in two sittings out of necessity, but it might have been easily done in one And I did enjoy the plot, being a huge cinema fan, and it is a terrific meditation on fame and celebrity and consequences, but the real star of this book about a star is certainly Enright s talent as a writer, wordcraft and storyteller Very enjoyable read Recommended Thanks Netgalley Longlisted for the Women s Prize 2020One of Enright senjoyable novels, this is a tale of mothers and daughters The daughter Norah is the narrator, looking back in late middle age, and the mother, now long dead and once a famous actress, is Katherine O Dell The two women s stories get roughly even amounts of the book Enright s account has the right blend of nostalgia and hard reality the parts of the book that describe Katherine s childhood in a travelling theatre that tours Ireland ar Longlisted for the Women s Prize 2020One of Enright senjoyable novels, this is a tale of mothers and daughters The daughter Norah is the narrator, looking back in late middle age, and the mother, now long dead and once a famous actress, is Katherine O Dell The two women s stories get roughly even amounts of the book Enright s account has the right blend of nostalgia and hard reality the parts of the book that describe Katherine s childhood in a travelling theatre that tours Ireland are entertaining Katherine s own career in Hollywood is effectively ended by her pregnancy, and Norah has to deal with her embittered older self, who retains delusions of her own importance Much of Norah s story is about how she had to escape from her mother s overbearing shadow, but this is not a bitter story as her account of Katherine s life is very empathetic 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 OwnKatherine 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 Star Turn, 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, Her Grip On Reality Grows Fitful And, Fueled By A Proud And Long Simmering Rage, She Commits A Bizarre CrimeHer Mother S Protector, Norah Understands The Destructive Love That Binds An Actress To Her Audience, But Also The Strength That An Actress Takes From Her Art Once The Victim Of A Haunting Crime Herself, Norah Eventually Becomes A Writer, Wife, And Mother, Finding Her Way To Her Own Hard Won Joy Actress Is A Book About The Freedom We Find In Our Work And In The Love We Make And Keep I did not expect to love this as much as I did I often struggle with historical fiction and I have tried to read Enright before but found her endlessly bleak this book is the opposite of that I found it clever and funny and absolutely incredibly well written The latter was probably to be expected there is a reason Enright is one of the Great Writers of our time I listened to the audiobook which she reads herself and this was such a genius thing to do her narration is pitchperfect and w I did not expect to love this as much as I did I often struggle with historical fiction and I have tried to read Enright before but found her endlessly bleak this book is the opposite of that I found it clever and funny and absolutely incredibly well written The latter was probably to be expected there is a reason Enright is one of the Great Writers of our time I listened to the audiobook which she reads herself and this was such a genius thing to do her narration is pitchperfect and works exceedingly well for the stream of consciousness feel of the book.This book is, at its core, about a mother and daughter relationship, but it is also so muchit is an impeccably structured love letter to human connection, it is a reckoning with sexism, it is a warm and kind and still wildly biting commentary on the arts and literature and I loved it so very much As is sometimes the case when I feel like a book is custom made for me, this isgush than review, please do bear with me The book is told from Norah s perspective as a winding inner monologue about her mother famous theatre and movie actress Katherine O Dell, told in parts to the narrator s husband, in parts to a PhD student interested in finding the woman behind the myth Enright makes the narrative style seem effortless but it is so impeccably done that I was swept along and got hit in the feelings at just the right moments The prose and the structure are the obvious draw here but I also loved the way in which the characters, especially Katherine and her daughter Norah are drawn I found them real and believable and wonderfully flawed The other characters are not always quite as sharp, but in a way this works for a narrator whose very identity is influenced so very much by her relationship to her mother.While there were some plot developments that I did not completely loved, the overall reading experience was just too wonderful Norah is such a brilliantly flawed character and spending time in her head was a delight for me.Content warning Rape, mental illness, death of a loved oneYou can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog My first Anne Enright novel didn t disappoint Actress is about a mother daughter relationship, told by the daughter Now older than when her mother died, Norah is reminiscing about her peculiar childhood, as the only child of the famous Irish actress, Katherine O Dell Isn t it interesting how the older we get thesympathetic, understanding we are towards our parents Having our own kids, relationships allow us to see our parents in a different light Enright balanced the narrative between My first Anne Enright novel didn t disappoint Actress is about a mother daughter relationship, told by the daughter Now older than when her mother died, Norah is reminiscing about her peculiar childhood, as the only child of the famous Irish actress, Katherine O Dell Isn t it interesting how the older we get thesympathetic, understanding we are towards our parents Having our own kids, relationships allow us to see our parents in a different light Enright balanced the narrative between Norah s childhood memories and the young adult s very well, there s melancholy, admirations, vexation while also attempting to put together the puzzle her mother was We never really know someone completely, evenso when your mother is an actress who always adapts and changes to suit her company, usually men While it s easy to read and digest, this is also complex and layered I enjoyed it a great deal, so I m going to make sure I readEnright My favorite contemporary novel I ve read so far this yearcomments to come in a video soon I have a special fondness for novels that are about actresses actors Two of my favourite books are Joyce Carol Oates Blonde about the actress Norma Jean Baker who becomes the persona Marilyn Monroe and Susan Sontag s In America about the Polish actress Helena Modjeska who helped found a utopian community in the late 1800s I even wrote my MA dissertation on these novels and how both writers explore the borders between identity and performance in their stories I also have a love for Anne E I have a special fondness for novels that are about actresses actors Two of my favourite books are Joyce Carol Oates Blonde about the actress Norma Jean Baker who becomes the persona Marilyn Monroe and Susan Sontag s In America about the Polish actress Helena Modjeska who helped found a utopian community in the late 1800s I even wrote my MA dissertation on these novels and how both writers explore the borders between identity and performance in their stories I also have a love for Anne Enright s writing as few other current authors are able to write about family, love and national identity the way she can as exemplified in her previous novel The Green Road which is a fascinating depiction of all these things This means that Actress is the perfect novel for me and it fully delivered because I absolutely adored it It s told from the perspective of Norah, a writer who has written five novels and now feels ready to tell the story of her mother Katherine O Dell who died at the relatively early age of 58 At the height of her mother s career she was a great actress of Broadway and Hollywood and, at the lower end of it, found herself doing TV commercials and became the focus of a tabloid scandal Though her mother s star faded long ago and Norah herself is much older, the effects of that celebrity and the uneasy relationship it created between them are still something Norah wrestles with In this story Norah tries to piece together a history of Katherine s life and the real impact of her fame Read my full review of Actress by Anne Enright on LonesomeReader Actress is a story about a daughter delving into the history of her famous actress mother As Norah, the daughter, narrates the story, the reader is provided with a woman s study of the female work and sexual struggle from early Hollywood era to current times But it sthan that, it s a powerful story of a mother and daughter, and the fraught relationship when the mother is a narcistic creative person touched with mental health issues As Norah s story reveals, it s difficult being a daug Actress is a story about a daughter delving into the history of her famous actress mother As Norah, the daughter, narrates the story, the reader is provided with a woman s study of the female work and sexual struggle from early Hollywood era to current times But it sthan that, it s a powerful story of a mother and daughter, and the fraught relationship when the mother is a narcistic creative person touched with mental health issues As Norah s story reveals, it s difficult being a daughter of a famous mother, but the difficulty is compounded when the mother doesn t really want to be a mother.Norah tells her mother s Katherine O Dell beginnings as a theatrical actress in Dublin where she gains notoriety as an Irish actress Katherine previously changed her last name to O Dell and dyed her hair red Katherine is really from England She becomes a short lived Hollywood star because she aged out at 45 year old yet lasted longer than most who generally through in the towel at age 30 Sadly, Katherine falls into alcoholism, mental illness, and violence Norah is left dealing with her mother During Norah s adolescence, Katherine was emotionally unavailable, leaving Norah to fend for herself Yet Norah isn t angry with her mother She spends her adult life trying to understand her mother.Author Anne Enright is a gifted storyteller with many awards under her belt The Actress will be one that will garner her attention The story is amazing in that Enright s narrator is clever, compassionate, and funny This could be a maudlin story, but Enright doesn t want that She wants a feminist story told from a strong woman who reflects upon the struggles her mother underwent I listened to the audio version which is narrated by Enright Enright possesses a beautiful voice and adds emotion to her story I m very happy I listened to the story Anne Enright writes so well that she just might ruin you for anyone else The deceptively casual flow of her stories belies their craft, a profound intelligence sealed invisibly behind life s mirror Over the course of seven novels, this first laureate of Irish fiction has won the Booker Prize for The Gathering in 2007 and won readers around the world.Her new novel, Actress, explores a mother daughter relationship burdened by fame The narrator is a novelist named Norah recalling the tum Anne Enright writes so well that she just might ruin you for anyone else The deceptively casual flow of her stories belies their craft, a profound intelligence sealed invisibly behind life s mirror Over the course of seven novels, this first laureate of Irish fiction has won the Booker Prize for The Gathering in 2007 and won readers around the world.Her new novel, Actress, explores a mother daughter relationship burdened by fame The narrator is a novelist named Norah recalling the tumultuous life of her mother Katherine O Dell, the late, great star of stage and screen Enright weaves this fictional celebrity deep into the history of 20th century entertainment O Dell once brought audiences jumping to their feet in London, New York and Dublin As the globe trotting muse of writers as various as Samuel Beckett and Arthur Kopit, she captured the hearts of a generation Reviewing her performance as Sister Mary Felicitas, Pauline Kael praised the twinkle in the wimple Her flaming red hair was iconic A line from her dairy commercial Sure, tis only butter became a national catchphrase.But Norah knows the story of this grande dame from the inside My mother was a great fake, she says She was never happy That s not entirely true or it s not the only truth as this narrative winds through grief and remorse, amazement and delight To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert I have a love hate relationship with the work of Anne Enright I would consider The Green Road one of the finest Irish novels of the 21st century But I felt nothing for The Gathering or The Forgotten Waltz, despite the adulation and awards they received And I m sorry to say that Actress falls into the latter category.The story is narrated by Norah, daughter of the legendary Katherine O Dell, a flame haired star of stage and screen Now a middle aged writer, she reminisces about growing up as t I have a love hate relationship with the work of Anne Enright I would consider The Green Road one of the finest Irish novels of the 21st century But I felt nothing for The Gathering or The Forgotten Waltz, despite the adulation and awards they received And I m sorry to say that Actress falls into the latter category.The story is narrated by Norah, daughter of the legendary Katherine O Dell, a flame haired star of stage and screen Now a middle aged writer, she reminisces about growing up as the child of a celebrity the glitz and glamour, the never ending parties, the many handsome admirers But she also remembers a darker side, as Katherine s starlight began to flicker and fade Alcoholism, loneliness, a descent into madness Norah tries to make sense of her mother s life as she sketches her own path, from unplanned birth to the present day She begins to pinpoint the moment that it all turned very wrong for Katherine, which led to the strange act of violence that she is sadly remembered for.On a sentence by sentence level, this book is well written It is most revealing on the dingy side of fame, the dependencies that it creates, and how in Katherine s case, its fleeting nature leaves a chasm that can never be filled But I have to be honest, I was unmoved as a whole It has plenty to say about the bond between mother and daughter, but I just didn t care about the fate of the characters And the meandering timeline didn t help things I started to lose interest about halfway through I ve seen lots of praise of Actress, but I m afraid it left me cold

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