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Me and Orson Welles: A Novel

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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.

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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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  • 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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