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A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in London, Ireland and New York by [Huston, Anjelica]
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"[An] elegy for a vanished world, [A Story Lately Told"] becomes a seductive social history of the 1960s--and the story of [Huston's] fractious separation from an indomitable father and grief for the loss of the mother who was the ballast of her life."--Sheila Weller "The New York Times Book Review "

"Huston's privileged childhood is described with great texture. The enormous estate in Ireland where her family lived is a rambling, magical place. The names that are dropped in this book don't constitute name-dropping, but are simply the names that populated her childhood...[Huston] is a smart and subtle enough writer not to aim for a pop diagnosis, but instead, once again, [goes] for something truer, deeper and richer...[A] stirring memoir."--Meg Wolitzer "NPR "

"Anjelica Huston grew up in what sounds a fairy tale--magically beautiful, yet tinged with loss, sadness, and monsters."--Kate Tuttle "Boston Globe "

"[Huston's] lovely, novelistic writing carries the book....As a storyteller, she's having more fun than a monkey in a lingerie drawer."--Melissa Maerz "Entertainment Weekly "

"Evocative."--Mary Pols "People "

"An elegant, funny, and frequently haunting reminiscence of the first two decades of her life...A classic."--Graydon Carter "Vanity Fair "

"[A Story Lately Told"] contains a plethora of compelling tales."--Maggie Lange "New York magazine "

"[A Story Lately Told"] is peopled by names like Carson McCullers, John Steinbeck, Peter O'Toole, Marlon Brando, Monty Clift and the succession of gorgeous, interesting women who made up her father's peripatetic life. Anjelica can really write. The prologue alone to her memoir is worthy."--Liz Smith "Huffington Post "

"Compelling, thoughtful, starry reading...What's particularly enjoyable about her story is the rhapsodic way that she beautifully describes that bygone world."--Alexander Larman "Guardian (UK) "

"Elegant and economical."--Helen Brown "Telegraph (UK) "

"A wise, witty, and wonderful autobiography."--Roger Friedman "Showbiz 411 "

""A Story Lately Told" is written with the magic of the Irish and a touch of the family genius. From her vivid descriptions of growing up in the horse country of County Galway, Ireland, to her glimpses of rough glamour in the Chelsea Hotel, Anjelica's writing shines with her particular mix of intelligence, beauty, wit, and courage. Her book is gorgeous."--Mike Nichols

"If a storytelling gene exists, Huston inherited one from her father, the Oscar-winning director John Huston, and another from her mother, the ballet dancer Enrica Soma, who nurtured in her children a love of books and a gift for observation."--Ellen Freilich "Reuters "

"Elegantly written...Told with grace and honesty. You would expect no less from this fascinating, unusual woman."--Joy Bennett "Jewish Journal of LA "

"Told in lush prose, [A Story Lately Told"] is at once an eyewitness account of the social history of London and New York in the '60s and '70s, a wistful remembrance of childhood in an idyllic Irish country manor, and an exploration of what it meant to be reared at the crossroads of celebrity and culture as the daughter of director John Huston ("The African Queen," "The Maltese Falcon") and his fourth wife, Italian-American ballerina Enrica Soma."--Samantha Dunn "Orange County Register "

"Impressively written in a style that is as graceful and natural as breathing and as observant as that by a 'born writer.'...[Huston] comes of age surrounded by talent, pot, fame and photographers, and tells her tale with unexpected distinction."--Jeff Simon "The Buffalo News (Editor s Choice) ""

"Structured in short, colorful vignettes, A Story Lately Told" shows off Ms. Huston's fabulous memory, keen observations and lovely use of language."--Carol O Sullivan "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ""

""A Story Lately Told" is filled with glitter, glamour and excitement, but it is underpinned by loss, solitude and estrangement, and the need to tell the truth, which makes the book memorable and affecting. Anjelica Huston's account of growing up in Ireland is fascinating and masterly, as is her version of life in London and New York in the 1960s."--Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary"

"A Story Lately Told" proves that Huston is a third-generation storyteller. As she chronicles her earliest memories through age 22, she echoes the rhythms and structures of novels like Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and What Maisie Knew," focusing on surface sensations of youth while implying profound internal changes."--Carrie Rickey "Philadelphia Inquirer "

"Anjelica Huston has lived a big, colorful life--big and colorful enough to fill two volumes of an autobiography...Huston has a way with a descriptive phrase, and it's on display in A Story Lately Told.""--Jocelyn McClurg "USA Today "

[An] elegy for a vanished world, [A Story Lately Told"] becomes a seductive social history of the 1960s and the story of [Huston s] fractious separation from an indomitable father and grief for the loss of the mother who was the ballast of her life. --Sheila Weller "The New York Times Book Review ""

Impressively written in a style that is as graceful and natural as breathing and as observant as that by a born writer. [Huston] comes of age surrounded by talent, pot, fame and photographers, and tells her tale with unexpected distinction. --Jeff Simon "The Buffalo News (Editor s Choice) ""

Huston s privileged childhood is described with great texture. The enormous estate in Ireland where her family lived is a rambling, magical place. The names that are dropped in this book don t constitute name-dropping, but are simply the names that populated her childhood [Huston] is a smart and subtle enough writer not to aim for a pop diagnosis, but instead, once again, [goes] for something truer, deeper and richer [A] stirring memoir. --Meg Wolitzer "NPR ""

Anjelica Huston grew up in what sounds a fairy tale magically beautiful, yet tinged with loss, sadness, and monsters. --Kate Tuttle "Boston Globe ""

A Story Lately Told" proves that Huston is a third-generation storyteller. As she chronicles her earliest memories through age 22, she echoes the rhythms and structures of novels like Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and What Maisie Knew," focusing on surface sensations of youth while implying profound internal changes. --Carrie Rickey "Philadelphia Inquirer ""

Anjelica Huston has lived a big, colorful life big and colorful enough to fill two volumes of an autobiography Huston has a way with a descriptive phrase, and it s on display in A Story Lately Told." --Jocelyn McClurg "USA Today ""

[Huston s] lovely, novelistic writing carries the book .As a storyteller, she s having more fun than a monkey in a lingerie drawer. --Melissa Maerz "Entertainment Weekly ""

Evocative. --Mary Pols "People ""

An elegant, funny, and frequently haunting reminiscence of the first two decades of her life A classic. --Graydon Carter "Vanity Fair ""

[A Story Lately Told"] contains a plethora of compelling tales. --Maggie Lange "New York magazine ""

[A Story Lately Told"] is peopled by names like Carson McCullers, John Steinbeck, Peter O Toole, Marlon Brando, Monty Clift and the succession of gorgeous, interesting women who made up her father s peripatetic life. Anjelica can really write. The prologue alone to her memoir is worthy. --Liz Smith "Huffington Post ""

Structured in short, colorful vignettes, A Story Lately Told" shows off Ms. Huston s fabulous memory, keen observations and lovely use of language. --Carol O Sullivan "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ""

Compelling, thoughtful, starry reading What s particularly enjoyable about her story is the rhapsodic way that she beautifully describes that bygone world. --Alexander Larman "Guardian (UK) ""

Elegant and economical. --Helen Brown "Telegraph (UK) ""

A wise, witty, and wonderful autobiography. --Roger Friedman "Showbiz 411 ""

"A Story Lately Told" is written with the magic of the Irish and a touch of the family genius. From her vivid descriptions of growing up in the horse country of County Galway, Ireland, to her glimpses of rough glamour in the Chelsea Hotel, Anjelica's writing shines with her particular mix of intelligence, beauty, wit, and courage. Her book is gorgeous. --Mike Nichols"

"A Story Lately Told" is filled with glitter, glamour and excitement, but it is underpinned by loss, solitude and estrangement, and the need to tell the truth, which makes the book memorable and affecting. Anjelica Huston s account of growing up in Ireland is fascinating and masterly, as is her version of life in London and New York in the 1960s. --Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary"

If a storytelling gene exists, Huston inherited one from her father, the Oscar-winning director John Huston, and another from her mother, the ballet dancer Enrica Soma, who nurtured in her children a love of books and a gift for observation. --Ellen Freilich "Reuters ""

Elegantly written Told with grace and honesty. You would expect no less from this fascinating, unusual woman. --Joy Bennett "Jewish Journal of LA ""

Told in lush prose, [A Story Lately Told"] is at once an eyewitness account of the social history of London and New York in the '60s and '70s, a wistful remembrance of childhood in an idyllic Irish country manor, and an exploration of what it meant to be reared at the crossroads of celebrity and culture as the daughter of director John Huston ( The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon ) and his fourth wife, Italian-American ballerina Enrica Soma. --Samantha Dunn "Orange County Register ""

About the Author

An award-winning actress and director, Anjelica Huston has received multiple Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy nominations. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting actress in Prizzi's Honour, making the Huston family - beginning with her grandfather, Walter, and father, John - the first to include three generations of Oscar winners.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857207423
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K73DMQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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I usually avoid celebrity biographies but this looked promising: you'd expect the actress/model daughter of legendary film director John Huston to have some colourful tales to tell, and it's had good reviews.
It's the first book in what looks like a series, and deals with the philandering, self-obsessed lifestyles of her extraordinary parents and their wealthy and arty friends, which resulted in a childhood of benign neglect for Anjelica in a grand house in rural Ireland. When they split up she moved to London, and it ends with her going to L.A. in 1973 after her mother's death.
It's an easy read and she can certainly write, but I was disappointed: it's not one of those tell-all, gossipy memoirs that sets out to entertain, yet it's not particularly thoughtful or revealing, either. She relates all the facts, there's a lot of description of meals eaten, horses ridden, rooms decorated and outfits worn, and there's all the name-dropping you'd expect - by the end of the sixties she was mixing with the likes of Mick Jagger and David Bailey in swinging London.
But it's all too superficial to be very engaging, and I didn't feel I'd got to know her by the end. When it comes to emotion, she seems determined to be nonchalant, and you wonder whether she's afraid to let her guard down. There's very little analysis of why her parents acted as they did and of what she really felt about it. And if she ever wondered whether the modelling career and the famous friends she came by so easily were down to her surname and connections, she never lets on. (Though, to be fair, she was very striking in her day, nothing like the Dame Edna Everage lookalike of the recent tv series Smash).
Two minor quibbles: she must have thousands of photographs, and it's a shame that there aren't more in this book.
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I really wanted to like this. Who could forget her turn in The Grifters and The Witches - career highs abutting one another, albeit some 25 years ago now? And her contacts (well, her famous director daddy's contacts).

Maybe that's the problem. So many fantastic people passed through the revolving door of Angelica's social diary, right back to her childhood, that she fell into the trap of expecting them. And there are so many, our glimpses are tantalisingly cursory.

Model, actress, money, fame (initially by association) and more heaps up at her door, yet she does have a habit of occasionally making this reader feel it was so tough on a girl that I should down book and share a collective sigh. I guess there are just too many 'who cares?' moments.

On the plus side, she 's picked up that rich, lyrical way with words often associated with Irish writers (she's not, but the family seem to have wholeheartedly embraced the behavioural vagaries of the rural aristocracy during its tenure in County Galway), even if it does on occasion veer toward the fey.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Anjelica Huston gives us the first half of her life in this book. The title comes from a nursery tale about magpies.

'One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a wedding
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a story lately told'

It seems her life contains all seven. She was born in Los Angeles, and her father,the actor/director John Huston was across the world in Africa making a film 'The African Queen'. Her mother, Enrica Soma, 23 years younger than her husband, gave up her life as a ballerina for the love of John. However, Enrica was John's fourth wife, and he was known as a womanizer. The love of women, drink, adventure and his profession kept him separated from his family most of their lives.

Anjelica tells us of her homes, St. Cleans in Ireland, where her father lived in the big house when he was home, and the family lived in the little house, all the time. She and her brother, Tony, had many wonderful times most of them lonely. They lived in the country, had a nanny or a tutor, and depended upon visits from friends of the family. They did have glorious times with their father when he returned, but he was a stickler for good behavior and manners. He believed in taking chances and competition. Many stories of horse racing and chances taken. Much was expected of Tony and Anjelica, and to live up to their father's needs and wants took a great deal of strength. At some point, Enrica and John separated, but no one told the children. Anjelica and Tony moved to London with Enrica. They entered private school where Anjelica was very unhappy. Soon, Enrica was pregnant with another man's child. He did not want the child, and when Allegra was born she became part of the Huston family.
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For me this book really came to life firstly when she lived in London and secondly when she sees her father John.So much of what she says about London is quite accurate.She uses a lot of English slang words.
when she meets her famous father you never know whether she is going to laugh or cry.
However I have to say I was totally disinterested in her tales of her career as a model or this infuriating habit of describing every room she had ever lived in.Also there was rather too much detail about her dysfunctional lover whom she finally leaves at the end of the book.It is as if she is seeking our pity when all you can think is why she put up with him so long.
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