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Me and Orson Welles

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Talent Only?

    We are in New York, in 1937. Our hero, the 17-year-old aspiring Richard Samuels' dream is to be an actor. While listening to the radio he feels that the world of celebrity is easily approachable for him. He is close to the truth: one day he finds himself face to face with the crew of Mercury Theatre. After a neat compliment, few lines of singing and a well-composed answer Richard gets a small role in the soon-to-be-opened Julius Caesar. Robert Kaplow's Me and Orson Welles shows us how the boy becomes an adult in a week and represents Welles' ostentatious personality.


    The book entertains us and stays true to reality at the same time: in the beginning, humor is provided by the character of Welles, but later he throws away the masque of every humanlike quality except his talent, wrapping the critics and the whole crew of Mercury Theatre around his finger, including inexperienced Richard. And even the door of the radio studio read: Talent Only. So this is the only quality an actor might need? Kaplow's drama tells it to us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    A Fine Novella

    A well written and entertaining coming-of-age story. The legendary Orson Welles comes to life again.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Conflict of Interest

    I think it is wrong for a school to require 300+ students to purchase and read a book written by one of the teachers. If it was not required, I would never read this book and I would definitely not pay this inflated price.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2008

    Big Dreams

    Through the protagonist, the novel Me and Orson Welles demonstrates that it takes more than a wish to achieve a dream. It isn't all about the goal; it is the hard work that it takes to accomplish the challenge. <BR/><BR/>Every time Richard walks along the New York streets he re-lives his dream of being discovered by a famous producer who will turn him into a star. He finally gets that opportunity and lands a part in a play.<BR/><BR/>Richard is a romantic in the true sense of the word. He has big time dreams of being a somebody, but throughout the book he evolves. His dynamic character progresses from an awkward, lanky teen to an individual who accepts himself as he truly is instead of trying to be someone he's not.<BR/><BR/>The author's writing is filled with specific details that shape a clear picture in the mind's eye. It really sets the stage, but at times the detailing is excess. His descriptions are so colorful that the moment is lost in translation. The plot was also jumbled.<BR/><BR/>Me and Orson Welles took a new twist on the regular coming of age novel with its original scenery and new story line. I highly recommend this novel to drama experts, theater lovers, and those who would like an entertaining, fresh novel to read for enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Elegant, artuful, and funny

    Brilliant recreation of a lost masterpiece: told with wit, energy, and fantastic style. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    Excellent read

    I read an advance copy of this novel, and it was one of the best books I've read in 2003. a super story, witty and engaging. A great read for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    A great read

    This is a touching, beautifully written account of a young man's coming of age, set against a backdrop of the l930s. Full of perfect period details and wise observations.

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