Lucky Break epub

by Esther Freud


Lucky Break epub

ISBN: 1408821710

ISBN13: 978-1408821718

Author: Esther Freud

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Contemporary

Language: English

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; UK ed. edition (March 29, 2012)

Pages: 320 pages

ePUB book: 1107 kb

FB2 book: 1171 kb

Rating: 4.1

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This dazzling new novel from Esther Freud uncovers a world of ruthless ambition, uncertain alliances, and the many-sided holy grail of success.

This dazzling new novel from Esther Freud uncovers a world of ruthless ambition, uncertain alliances, and the many-sided holy grail of success.

Lucky Break pierces the superficial surface of acting to reveal the enthralling, authentic drama at the heart of the . Esther Freud was born in London in 1963.

Lucky Break pierces the superficial surface of acting to reveal the enthralling, authentic drama at the heart of the business. Newsweek Daily Beast. Bubbly, buoyan. nd just great fu. t's hard to picture a more pleasant diversion. Her other novels include The Sea House, Summer at Gaglow, The Wild, Peerless Flats, and most recently, Love Falls.

Lucky Break, Esther Freud's seventh novel, charts the diverging fortunes of a group of actors who meet as students at drama college. Basing an entire book on the professional tribulations of a group of self-involved thespians and then attempting to make their characters sympathetic to the casual reader is, it must be said, something of a challenge.

Esther Freud’s novel charts the diverging fortunes of a group of actors who meet as students at drama school

Esther Freud’s novel charts the diverging fortunes of a group of actors who meet as students at drama school. Esther Freud was an actress before she became a novelist, and as we can guess from the title of a droll essay about her acting career’s high point, I Was an Alien in ‘Doctor Who,’ the change was an excellent move. She’s a superbly gifted writer, with a touch so light she’s often undervalued. Freud’s seventh novel, Lucky Break, which follows a group of actors for nearly 15 years - from their first day at drama school until they’re ready for Botox - may not be her most ambitious, but it’s her most breezily charming and typically shrewd, and comes with a new satirical edge.

You can come too,’ he told Jemma. That’s the beauty of it. They’ll pay for you to fly out. And Honey. Jemma stood very still. He could see that she was struggling. s an actual offer then?’. Look, you don’t have to come for the whole time. Dan peered into the Moses basket where their daughter lay, a centrepiece of exquisite fascination on the kitchen table. Fly out in the middle, for a month, or a couple of weeks. Jemma nodded, but she didn’t speak. Come on, Jem, I haven’t worked since February.

Lucky Break - Esther Freud. Praise for Lucky Break. Freud’s page-turner follows the triumphs and failures of a group of self-obsessed actors in their quest for stardom’ Sunday Times Summer Reads. Esther Freud's light touch and eye for telling details - as well as her prior acting experience - make Lucky Break an enlightening peek behind the curtain’ Baltimore Sun. ‘Freud captures both the hilarious self-seriousness and the pie-eyed romanticism of young actors preparing to be fed into the meat grinder of the entertainment industry.

ESTHER FREUD (Bloomsbury £1. 9). This wry, observant book is a sort of Fame for the middle classes where the race is on as a group of students start at a prestigious London drama school. By Wendy Holden for MailOnline Updated: 13:52 EST, 7 April 2011. To paraphrase Tolstoy’s observation about families: while all successful actors are alike, each unsuccessful actor is unsuccessful in their own way. Our heroine is plump, unpretentious Nell, flanked by beautiful, capricious Charlie and tortured, talented Dan.

But, mostly, Lucky Break's truths are quietly and elegantly told; the book's moral encapsulated in one of its two . Freud mixes in an abundance of subtle comedy

But, mostly, Lucky Break's truths are quietly and elegantly told; the book's moral encapsulated in one of its two epigraphs, Michael Simkins's advice to a young actor: "It's not fair, and don't be late". Freud mixes in an abundance of subtle comedy. Nell earns her Equity card playing a penguin for lds. She lands her first proper job by barking "My Way" in the audition.

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The writing is good and the characters well drawn. The only problem is that Lucky Break has been packaged as a novel rather than as a collection of inter-connected short stories

At home in familiar territory she takes the reader behind the scenes to follow a cast of aspiring actors over the course of 14 years. The writing is good and the characters well drawn. The only problem is that Lucky Break has been packaged as a novel rather than as a collection of inter-connected short stories. There is little by way of plot but most chapters work well as stand-alone episodes.

It is their first day at Drama Arts, and the circle of huddled, nervous students are told in no uncertain terms that here, unlike at any other drama school, they will be taught to act. But outside is the real world - a pitiless, alluring place in which each of them in their most fervent dreams, hopes to flourish and excel.
As someone who is both an avid movie fan and a respecter of those people among us who have opted to pursue acting careers, this is a novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading. "Lucky Break" is largely centered around 3 people --- Nell Gilby, Charlotte ("Charlie") Adedayo-Martin, and Dan Linden --- who first met in London during the early 1990s as drama students at Drama Arts, a school headed by Patrick Bowery, who is an exacting taskmaster and holds in his hands the future of his charges. Drama Arts proves to be a school of hard knocks where illusions are cruelly shattered as each student endeavors in Patrick's words, "to Act. To Be."

For those students who survive the first 2 years at Drama Arts, there is the offer of an additional year, graduation, and prospects for both stage and screen. BUT for those asked to leave after the 2 years, it could either be the end of life as he/she had known it, leaving them utterly adrift for having failed to measure up as would be actors -- OR finding one's way into another line of work. That is, settling for an ordinary existence.

Each chapter of "Lucky Break" gives the reader entree into the lives, loves, and struggles of the 3 main characters as each goes on from Drama Arts [hint: one of the 3 fails to graduate] to finding an agent to help get one's acting career off the ground, taking the plunge into the fickle and ruthless world of stage and screen, and establishing success and longevity in what can be an unforgiving career. It was fascinating to see how, over a 14-year period, the destinies of Nell, Charlie, and Dan were played out. For any reader like me with a curiosity about the lives of people in the acting profession, this novel is a winner.
Interesting inside view of the British theater world. Very funny in some places, especially if you like subtle, dry humor.
I just finished reading this book about 3 minutes ago and absolutely adored it. I thought it was going to focus on the main characters and their time at drama school. It actually takes you through their first days at school to their careers afterwards. I found the characters engaging. I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who has studied or worked in theatre. Great book!
Reading this book, I kept asking myself Why? What is the point of a novel comprised of episodes in the lives of three young actors, none of whom are interesting. There's no plot thread running through the whole and giving it purpose that way, and the characters in and of themselves aren't a draw, unremarkable as they are. It didn't even seem like the author was making any effort towards creating something worth the time it takes reading, or for that matter, writing. Given that, why bother?

By the end of the book I didn't come to give a damn about any one of the actors we were following, not because I found their personalities unlikable, but because no one even had much of a personality. I learned nothing about them beyond the most shallow of things, i.e. what they do, not who they are. They were so poorly-realized they were never truly "alive" for me, so whatever happened was devoid of meaning. Ciphers performing tasks--sounds like fun?

I'm surprised to learn an older woman wrote this, one with a reputation as a fine author. It honestly reads like something a twenty-something (or younger) actor would write as a first novel... and be told "stick to acting" by any publisher she sent it off to.
I checked this out of the library because I read a promising review. It is absolute trash. If you enjoy trash, okay, be my guest. There is absolutely no depth to the characters and the events described are cliches for the most part. Reading it I felt like the author had sat down at her computer and typed it out in one long sitting, with no real thought or editing. What a waste of time.
I read the first few chapters but found the characters uninteresting and there wasn't enough story line to make me want to continue.
I read a good review of this in the New York Times so I was really looking forward to it. I am amazed at how poor the writing was and how the characters were so uninteresting. That's hard work when you're writing about actors. It was more like a teen book.
This was a great interesting read. I really enjoyed it. The author wrote about something I know nothing about...acting. This book has a good plot with well developed characters and is well written. Thanks for allowing me to read.