- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2374 KB
- Print Length: 24 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: UOL; 4 edition (24 April 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CLH1PHM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An Actor's Life: A Dark Comedy Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Right off the bat I will admit I find short stories really hard to review, its so difficult to give a quick synopsis without giving away the entire story! That being said, on with the review. This was a lovely quirky little tale. It made a passing nod to Duncan's full length novel, 'The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club', which I have also read and enjoyed. This story had the same offbeat, slightly flawed characters, and the same vein of dark humour running through it. I would recommend this as an excellent introduction to Duncan's work. A nice, light easy read over a cup of coffee.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
My first five minutes after reading the story were spent in quiet nostalgia, thinking of brand new Ford Capris and ten pence bus fares. Thereafter I fell into a period of reflection, comparing my own disastrous choices in life with those of the characters in the story. Buy the story, watch the timeline unfold and hold on tightly for the wreck that you just know will greet you at the bottom of the mountain. It will make you squirm in sympathy, empathy and personal discomfortpathy. [NB 'discomfortpathy' is not an officially recognised reading condition, but it ought to be.]
Delicious fun. Highly recommended.
Elias Zapple, author of Elias Zapple's Rhymes from the Cabbage Patch (Zany, Funny, Illustrated Poems For Ages 9+ Book 1)
The plot is very natural, though with sufficient unexpected twists and surprises, together with a pinch of black irony. The style is really superb and enjoyable. Characters are quite realistic and oftentimes, allegedly, refer to real-life celebrities and events, without actually incurring any insult or overdone parody.
In essence, the moral of this narrative is nicely interwoven into the plot, so that the reader could arrive at it without any additional 'push'. The author definitely implies some interconnectedness between humans, their talents, relationships, value systems and sacrifices on the way to success. The key word here is perhaps success, but at what cost? Are we prepared to bear the cost indeed? Whatever the cost?
On the other hand, what are our priorities: family, career, friendship, success, fame? Could we always find the right balance between all those goals?
In a way, it is a 'soul-searching' exercise, both from a Shakespearean perspective and a 21st-century viewpoint. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure, whoever is not afraid of being sincere with themselves and wants to be a better person or more successful professional in the long-run, should read this great literary work.
The story is terrifically told with the crescendo towards the denouement steadily building.
Well worth reading and not dependent on having read the novel, although it may well spur you to do so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Can't say too much without giving anything away but suffice it to say, I'll be building up my Duncan Whitehead collectionPublished 3 months ago by Aaron David
Definitely short, and dark and funny. Revenge was most definitely served cold. Wasn't expecting it, but enjoyed it.Published 6 months ago by S F Canfield
A charming, and engaging story that is a pleasure to read. It is cleverly tied to the author's novel The Gordonston ladies dog walking club, "An Actor's Life" is an... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bookworm
This well-written short story by master storyteller Duncan Whitehead is exactly what his readers have come to expect from him - Entertaining! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Princess WinEmAll
This is one of my "go to" authors and this book didn't disappoint. He's a gifted writer and I loved this short story of choices and consequences. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dianne Harman
It was a well written story that had my attention until the very end. It was a very good concept.Published 20 months ago by Kay Dee
I was expecting lots of laughs and a witty irony from this short story written by the same author of the Reluctant Jesus. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Erania Pinnera