Vanished Years Paperback – 2 May 2013
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Vanished Years, which strikes me as a little, instant classic in the memoir field, sets a new standard for actors who wish to put their lives on the line... beautifully written... (Nicholas de Jongh Independent)
A triumphant follow-up to the classic bestseller Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - fascinating, witty and endlessly entertainingSee all Product Description
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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!
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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Not a patch on the first book but this is still a good interesting and fascinating read. You always want o meet Everett and have a drink with himPublished 13 months ago by mt b r thompson
Having read his first book Red Carpets & Banana Skins I couldn't wait to read this. He is an excellent writer and as a reader you feel totally absorbed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Deb's
I loved his previous memoir and this one was every bit as good, beautiful, funny and very poignant. A very talented writer with a wicked sense of humour and a warm heart.Published 17 months ago by MRS H.