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A Way of Life, Like Any Other

A Way of Life, Like Any Other

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The hero of Darcy O'Brien's A Way of Life, Like Any Other is a child of Hollywood, and once his life was a glittery dream. His father starred in Westerns. His mother was a goddess of the silver screen. The family enjoyed the high life on their estate, Casa Fiesta. But his parents' careers have crashed since then, and their marriage has broken up too.

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The hero of Darcy O'Brien's A Way of Life, Like Any Other is a child of Hollywood, and once his life was a glittery dream. His father starred in Westerns. His mother was a goddess of the silver screen. The family enjoyed the high life on their estate, Casa Fiesta. But his parents' careers have crashed since then, and their marriage has broken up too.

Lovesick and sex-crazed, the mother sets out on an intercontinental quest for the right—or wrong—man, while her mild-mannered but manipulative former husband clings to his memories in California. And their teenage son? How he struggles both to keep faith with his family and to get by himself, and what in the end he must do to break free, makes for a classic coming-of-age story—a novel that combines keen insight and devastating wit to hilarious and heartbreaking effect.

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Michael Dirda
How is it that this minor comic masterpiece could ever have gone out of print? Darcy O'Brien's 1977 novel (now republished by New York Review Books, to which all praise) takes us into an alien culture, Hollywood in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and evokes that kitschy world with spectacularly deadpan humor.
Atlantic Monthly
Guardian
A hilarious addition to the fabulous Hollywood novel, this time laconic, understated, deadpan, ruthlessly cutting from scene to scene and character to character, and both witty and moving. I enjoyed it enormously, and recommend it unreservedly as a funny, serious, literate, and intelligent book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940322790
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
09/10/2001
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
624,566
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.46(d)

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Rory Vaden is a Self-Discipline Strategist who relates profound truths coupled with humorous anecdotes that empowers professionals to conquer their fears and take immediate action in all aspects of their lives.

As an author, and business motivational speaker Rory's unique insights have been shared on Oprah radio, in Businessweek, Publishers Weekly, and in SUCCESS Magazine.

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Thomas Flanagan
Darcy O'Brien grew up in Beverly Hills in the 1940s and'50s, the son of Hollywood stars in their days of glory and sunset. He wrote one of the very best novels ever to come out of that world. A Way of Life, Like Any Other is a triumphant miracle of style, with a narrator at once deadly and compassionate, capable of farce and heartbreak, lyricism and irony. He tells us how to live in such a life, or at least how he did, and how to emerge from it ready for anything.

Meet the Author

Darcy O’Brien (1939-1998) was born in Los Angeles, the son of the movie stars George O’Brien and Marguerite Churchill. He attended Princeton and the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the University of Tulsa. O’Brien’s first novel, A Way of Life, Like Any Other, won the PEN/Hemingway award. His books include the novels The Silver Spooner and Margaret in Hollywood, critical studies of James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh, and several other works of nonfiction, among themTwo of a Kind: The Hillside Stranglers and The Hidden Pope.

Seamus Heaney’s first poetry collection, Death of a Naturalist, appeared forty years ago. Since then he has published poetry, criticism, and translations that have established him as one of the leading poets of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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