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"John James Todd, the tenacious, reflective, wise, ambitious, romantic filmmaker and adventurer who is the narrator of Boyd's fourth novel, is not a real person--except that Boyd delightfully makes him so in this ribald 'autobiography' based in spirit on Rousseau's Confessions ," said PW.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
$18.95. f Early in life John James Todd, forgotten hero of the cinematic avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, is advised, "Make your own rut. It's the only way." Throughout a long and tempestuous life, Todd remains true to his artistic vision, from his first movies of the Great War to the last B-westerns 30 years later. The capstone of his career is a five-hour, three-screen version of Rousseau's Confessions ; it appears just as talkies arrive on the scene, eliminating the audience for his one undiluted masterpiece. Vain and impulsive, undisciplined in all save his work, Todd is spiritual heir to his beloved JeanJacques. Better than either the prize-winning A Good Man in Africa ( LJ 5/1/82) or An Ice Cream War ( LJ 4/15/83), this novel shows Boyd's considerable ability as storyteller and the rich comic sense that infuses his work with life. David Keymer, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Utica
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have read and enjoyed most of Boyds' books - but this was by far my favourite.Published on Sept. 30 2001 by Richard Lagnado
I have read and enjoyed most of Boyds' books - but this was by far my favourite. Buy it now, or borrow it to save paper.Published on Sept. 30 2001 by Richard Lagnado