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Vanished Years by [Everett, Rupert]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews

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""A gossipy, hysterical, gorgeously written book."" T: The New York Times Style Magazine"

Book Description

A triumphant follow-up to the classic bestseller Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - fascinating, witty and endlessly entertaining

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3776 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008Q09RO6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Boot-Boy VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2012
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This is not a 'celebrity' autobiography, a ghost-written TV tie-in, or a C-list Christmas stocking-filler luvvy fest. Rather it's a beautifully nuanced, elegantly written, and effortlessy moving memoir from an actor who really deserves to be more highly regarded in his profession - and our affections - than he currently is. That he can act AND write so beguilingly is evidence, if any were needed, of a rare talent. I have always had a soft spot for Rupert Everett, despite - maybe because of - the drugs, debauchery, and rent-boy backstory (what's so wrong with a little youthful fun?) that appear to have hobbled and compromised his acting credentials. I absolutely loved his previous autobiographical outing (!) in 'Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins', and this second volume fills in some of the gaps, a hugely entertaining, witty, and often camp chronicle of doomed friendships, raucous adventures, and heartstring-tugging charity missions. Particularly moving are those chapters on his father, with the likes of Anita Pallenberg, Nicky Haslam, Isabella Blow, Derek Jacobi, Natasha Richardson and others making up a reliably glamourous and gossipy supporting cast. In short, this is a delicious romp in the company of a consummate roué and accomplished story-teller.
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I first heard Rupert Everett reading excerpts from Vanished Years on Radio 4's book at bedtime and bought it straight away - it's great when an author reads his own work and he does it so well in this case, with the full array of American accents! Most of what I heard was the episode of the American sitcom which was hilarious - I imagined this was what the whole book was going to be. In fact it's so much more. It's not a linear actor's biography of all the funny or glamourous experiences he has had, as perhaps one might expect. It is funny and does recount glamourous parties like the party given by Tina Brown for Talk magazine on Statue of Liberty island in the twilight of the last century, to which Rupert accompanies Madonna.

An author can focus his attention on the superficial or something more profound. In this book Rupert manages to mix the two with a mastery of hand jumping back and forth in time and weaving these elements together with his stunning prose that makes it so much more than a 'romp.' It's about death and illusion. At one stage, after Natasha Richardson's funeral he walks back across a frozen Central Park "The lake is frozen. The city towers over the treetops, a galaxy of windows sparkling with life, while the dead whistle round the naked branches in the park below." It's about the contrast of what we think we are going to be or do and what we actually achieve. Speaking of Natasha, "Perhaps we were more alike than we cared to admit. Both of us dreamt, after all, of entirely different careers for ourselves than the ones we ultimately achieved. (She wanted to be Vivien Leigh and I wanted to be Montgomery Clift.)" It's about the passing of time and the coming to terms with who you are, in relation to your parents, your dreams, your friends, your lovers and yourself. Brilliant! Bravo Mr Everett! Encore!
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I absolutely loved this book. Rupert writes beautiful prose and whether he's describing the poignant trip to Lourdes with his father or appearing on The Apprentice, he manages to be evocative and witty. His acid tongue is well employed knocking the holy cows of modern celebrity. He's also self effacing and self aware and turns his wit towards himself. It's a treat of a book to read, compulsive and moving.
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Rupert Everett writes extraordinarily well - he hooks you in with some titillating showbiz behind-the-scenes gossip racy sexual adventure and before you know it you're into the meaning of life/death and everything along the way - very few writers could manage to pull off this mix of the salacious and serious as well as he does. Highly recommended.
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I adored Rupert's last biography, Red Carpets & Banana Skins, and this one is just as beautifully written and entertaining. The wonderful thing about Rupert is that he is such a complex, talented and flawed human being, which makes him so compelling. He lays himself bare, which a lot of autobiographers avoid doing, because they don't want anyone to know their short-comings. Rupert doesn't care and I think that is what makes his book so thrilling. He's so honest, about himself and everyone he comes into contact with. He has a formidible intelligence, a sharp wit and a great gift for writing. In fact, I wish he'd write more novels. He's one of the best writers of prose I have ever read. His imagery sometimes takes my breath away, as does his viper-sharp analysis of the people who cross his path. He's a great story-teller and a brilliant observer of human nature - most notably his own! This is undoubtably the very best autobiography I have read. I envy anyone who still has it to look forward to!
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All the blurbs hyped this book - well blurbs of course do.
But this book is disappointing. I was expecting much more about the celeb scene, Hollywood, etc. After all he's been there. There's a nice story about him escaping The Apprenticeship and calling Alan Sugar Sid James. But otherwise there's a lot of stuff about the Catholic Church and, of course, queens everywhere.
I found myself scanning and skipping chunks which I don't normally do.
Don't believe the hype.
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