Children of Lightby Robert Stone
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By "one of the most impressive novelists of his generation" (The New York Review of Books), Children of Light is a searing, indelible love story of two ravaged spirits, played out under the merciless, magnifying prism of Hollywood.
Gordon Walker, screenwriter and actor, has systematically ruined his family and his health with cocaine and alcohol. Lee Verger is an actress of uncommon and unfulfilled promise, whom Gordon has known since the days when they were both young and fearless, and whose New Orleans childhood has left her with a tenuous hold on sanity. During the shooting of a film on the Pacific coast of Mexico, they resume a ritual struggle in which their desperate love for each other will either save or destroy them.
"Richly literate, [Children of Light] moves the reader beyond despair, to something approaching transcendence, and confirms Robert Stone as one of America's finest writers." Village Voice
"Harrowing." The New York Times
Meet the Author
Robert Stone's first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, won a William Faulkner Foundation Award. Dog Soldiers received a National Book Award, and A Flag for Sunrise won both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. His other honors include a Guggenheim fellowship, an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the John Dos Passos Prize for literature, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Both A Hall of Mirrors and Dog Soldiers were made into major motion pictures. Mr. Stone dies in 2015.
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The ending scene is at a bar, where Walker is with Shelley Pearce, a friend, and a French actor. Walker tells them that his wife was back. Shelley suggests that that would be a good title, Connie Came Home. But she supposed people would think it was an animal picture, which I thought as funny too. Walker is not amused, has given up drinking and eventually leaves the table. The ending line is from Shelley Pearce who says, ¿men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love.¿ I did not really understand that line, like with many things in the book, but it could have something to do with the fact that even his immense love for Lu Anne, which otherwise comes out rather strongly, did not lead him to go with her. Or it could be the fact that she meant, that this guy, walker, after years of lading a wasted life, his spirit, his insides had all died, all for the love of Lu Anne. What I read about the author is that he generally writes about miserable souls in desperate situations. His father abandoned him at a young age and his mother was schizophrenic. The way I see it, the description of her schizophrenia, as such, is given very subtly. There are mentions of her Long Friends, which are little dark creatures. One of them is her son Charles, which appeared to be an aborted child. I was a little confused with the schizophrenia, because there were mentions of her looking into a mirror and seeing the smile, the eyes, the expression of characters played by her before, which I thought would be natural, with her being an actress. I perceive the way she dies, as a similar to that in which Edna (The Awakening) dies. Edna goes into the water thinking about her husband and children and how they were part of her life, but they need not have thought that they possessed her body and soul. This is quite a depiction of what went on in her life too. The book has a lot of dialogue, which has a lot to do with the characters and the place. The talk is very real, a few abuses thrown in.