My Life in Pieces

My Life in Pieces Simon Callow writes with perceptiveness wit and flair about the remarkable people he has encountered in the course of his career My Life in Pieces coincides with his latest stage venture a one man s

  • Title: My Life in Pieces
  • Author: Simon Callow
  • ISBN: 9781848420540
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Simon Callow writes with perceptiveness, wit and flair about the remarkable people he has encountered in the course of his career My Life in Pieces coincides with his latest stage venture, a one man show called Shakespeare The Man from Stratford, written by the well known Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate.

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    1. Not only a marvelous actor, with memorable roles in such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Amadeus, and Room With A View, Simon Callow is also a terrific writer with several books on acting, as well as biographical works on Charles Laughton, Orson Wells, and Charles Dickens. Less known in Canada is that he is also a prolific writer for British newspapers. This memoir is his life as seen through the many newspaper articles, reviews, and pieces he has written, which talk about his work in the [...]

    2. Labourous, repetitive, but it did not beat me.My Life in Pieces by Simon Callow presents as an autobiography; in reality it is a collection of his past writings slung together with a bit of glue and face paint. It is truthfully a grouping of articles "pieces", that were written over his lifespan. When Callow can use 10 words he finds a hundred. He brings interpretations to events that have no basis in fact. He is all knowing, understands and shares the deeper meaning of each event he describes. [...]

    3. Pixilated Autobiography or Silhouette?Interesting idea, to construct a professional memoir by assembling pieces written throughout an actor and writer's career. Enjoyable read, but not to be consumed in one or two sittings.

    4. This isn't exactly an autobiography, more an account of Callow's life illustrated by pieces he has written for newspapers and magazines (now do you get the joke in the title?). You could say that it's an innovative way to republish his journalism, or you might think it's a lazy way to knock out an autobiography. And you'd be right. Either way.Callow's prose isn't quite fussy, but there is a sense of correctness in his style and worthiness in his treatment of his subjects. Still, I doubt that he [...]

    5. Wonderfully written collection of previous articles strung together with back story, commentary, and perspective. Great perspective on many of the greats of British theater. Very enjoyable. Loved the bit when the young Simon joins a company and one of the "elderly horrors" comes and asks him a question. Callow doesn't remember what he replied, but whatever he said it caused the elderly actor to shout back to his compatriots, "As a row of tents!"

    6. Wonderfully writtenSimon Callow tells intimate details of his early life, entering the theater and people he knew including Olivier and many other greats. He is able to involve the reader in the experience of being in the theater world from the wonder of it to maybe the not so good parts as well. Would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves theater!

    7. Loved this - even though it is basically a collection of anecdotes and reprints of articles, book forwards, etc strung loosely together. I am now on the hunt for Callow's "first" biography "Being an Actor".

    8. _My Life in Pieces_ (2011) by Simon Callow (actor)Added 4/23/11. Keep in mind description: "Simon Callow writes with perceptiveness, wit and flair about the remarkable people he has encountered in the course of his career."

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