The Life and Times of Homer Sincere Whose Amazing Adventures are Documented by His True and Trusted Friend Rigby Canfield: An American Novel

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Upon reading an early draft of Nathaniel Lande's novel, William Styron called it "a lovely confection of unforgettable characters, a gem of a story full of smiles." The Life and Times of Homer Sincere, Nathanial Lande's picaresque novel, begins and ends with the wonderfully endearing friendship of its two main characters, Homer Sincere and Rigby Canfield, whose adventures take them from childhood to adulthood, from mysterious hangouts in New Orleans to the silver screen in Hollywood, and which leads them both to ...

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The Life and Times of Homer Sincere Whose Amazing Adventures areDocumented by His True and Trusted Friend Rigby Canfield: An American Novel

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Overview

Upon reading an early draft of Nathaniel Lande's novel, William Styron called it "a lovely confection of unforgettable characters, a gem of a story full of smiles." The Life and Times of Homer Sincere, Nathanial Lande's picaresque novel, begins and ends with the wonderfully endearing friendship of its two main characters, Homer Sincere and Rigby Canfield, whose adventures take them from childhood to adulthood, from mysterious hangouts in New Orleans to the silver screen in Hollywood, and which leads them both to fall in love with the same woman.

As a boy, Homer is swept up in the notion of becoming a Soldier of the Word. As he grows up and deals with the struggles of being an orphan, he learns to use his vivid imagination to overcome the obstacles in his path, becoming a writer and eventually writing for the last great Hollywood studio.

The Life and Times of Homer Sincere embraces the landscape of America and captures the innocence of an earlier time full of mischief, real life heroes and the simplicity of friendships that feel like family.

Inspired by the great writers, Homer is a different kind of hero who will appeal to all those who follow their dreams to New York and Hollywood's romantic world of cowboys and heroes.

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Journalist, author, and filmmaker Lande (The 10 Best of Everything), former creative director for Time Inc. magazines, follows two imaginative boys from post-WWII New Orleans to 1970s Hollywood. After meeting in the French Quarter over a game of marbles, privileged Rigby Canfield and polio-stricken Homer Sincere take up an 8mm movie camera and begin recording the magic of their neighborhood, including the “best vegetable vendor in the Quarter,” who becomes the boys' first mentor. When his mother dies, Homer is sent to La Vielle Maison, a foster home run by Father Rivage, an ex-con who funds the establishment with forged art and hard cider; he also introduces Homer to literary classics like The Odyssey and Huckleberry Finn, urging him to become a “Soldier of the Word.” Later, both Rigby and Homer land at Henry Luce's Time-Life in New York, where their friendship is tested by a common love interest, as well as news stories taking them from Iowa to Israel; still, neither can shake dreams of moviemaking. Lande employs quirky plotting and characters like John Irving, along with Doctorowesque historical cameos, but the result is flat-footed and unconvincing. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590203286
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/27/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 973,220
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Lande is a journalist, author, and filmmaker and was a creative force behind TIME Incorporated, during his tenure as Creative Director for the Magazine Group and Director of TIME World News Service.

He is the author of ten books including the widely acclaimed novel, Cricket. He received outstanding recognition for Dispatches from the Front and the recent best seller for National Geographic Books, The 10 Best of Everything. Educated at Oxford University, he earned his PhD at Trinity College, Dublin and has held appointments as professor to the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and Distinguished Scholar to Trinity College Dublin.

As a Founding Director of TIME-Life Films, he won top awards and honors from 20 International Films festivals, including Cannes and the Academy. He was an Executive Producer and Director for both the CBS and NBC Television Networks and Movies of the Week. Nathaniel Lande has served as a special White House aide under two United States Presidents and lives in Montecito, California and New York.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    fans will relish Rigby Canfield's biographical fictional account of his BFF

    In 1946 in the French Quarter of New Orleans preadolescents Rigby Canfield and polio-stricken Homer Sincere meet over a game of marbles. The two youngsters become friends although the former comes from affluence and the polio-stricken tweener comes from poverty. They soon begin filming their neighborhood with an 8mm camera.

    When Homer's mother dies, he is dispatched to La Vielle Maisona foster home run by Father Rivage. An ex-con, the Father funds the facility with art forgeries and cider sales. He gets intelligent Homer interested in the classics and encouraging the lad to become a "Soldier of the Word."

    The two friends meet again in Manhattan when both obtain work at Time-Life. However as they travel the world, they fall in love with the same woman Daisy, but their first dream of Hollywood filmmaking remains strong and binds them together.

    This is an interesting slice of Life that uses real persona and events to anchor time and place, but stars two intriguing lead characters and to a lesser degree the woman who loves both of them. The historical Americana tale is driven totally by Rigby and Homer, though the former tells the tale of how extraordinary the latter, best friends forever, was. Although the story line never fully gels as in many ways it feels more like vignettes, fans will relish Rigby Canfield's biographical fictional account of his BFF.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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