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A Brilliant Read
on 21 August 2013
I bought this book as, being a Cumberbabe, I wanted to know more about the actor, but was eager to stay away from garbage such as "The B.C. Handbook". "In Transition" turned out to be exactly what the subtitle promised: a performance biography. Instead of feeding her readers silly fan girl type stuff, Lynnette Porter offered a serious, well researched, eloquently written und perfectly spell-checked piece of work, at the end of which I felt entertained, well informed and - dare I say? - educated. As a previous reviewer stated, "In Transition" only touches on the actor's private life if and when it influences (or is influenced by) his work. That very fact makes this book a very pleasant read instead of making me, the reader, feel like a voyeur or stalker. Also, the absence of illustrations in this book adds to its seriousness and gives it a sense of sincerity. Having said this, at the same time the author's fondness for the subject of her book does shine through, lending welcome warmth to this volume.
Whilst reading the book I had the distinct impression that the author has an academic background. Although the book is entirely readable, humorous and entertaining, it is so well put together, has such thorough notes, bibliography and index, that I thought by myself, I'd wish Ms Porter would submit the volume as a doctoral thesis. Looking up Ms Porter's Amazon Page just before typing up this review, I was not surprised to see that she is, indeed, a `master's and doctoral student'. This, of course, explains her very high quality work on Benedict Cumberbatch.
In summary, I would have no hesitation in recommending "In Transistion" to anyone interested in learning more about Mr Cumberbatch's career and choice of roles, or indeed, anyone interested in the art of acting. Having thoroughly enjoyed this book of Ms Porter's, I'm looking forward to exploring more of her work as listed on her Amazon Page.