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Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B0859SSR25
- Éditeur : Penguin (5 novembre 2020)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 4006 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
- Confort de lecture : Activé
- X-Ray : Non activée
- Word Wise : Activé
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 248 pages
- Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 024198971X
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La belle écriture de Jonathan Coe pour connaître mieux le réalisateur Billy Wilder, son oeuvre et son entourage cinématographiques, ainsi que le contexte historique et son histoire personnelle douloureuse. L'idée géniale d'avoir fait intervenir un personnage à priori extérieur au monde du cinéma que le lecteur découvre en même temps que lui.
J'ai eu beaucoup de mal à lâcher le livre.
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First-person narrated by Calista, this part coming-of-age story and part portrait of Billy Wilder, is one that I was very interested in when I spotted it whilst browsing on Amazon; however, although there were parts to the story I enjoyed, I just didn't find this as interesting or entertaining as I had expected to. I wasn't convinced by the close relationship that developed very quickly between Billy Wilder and Calista, where Wilder revealed his vulnerabilities and shared intimate details about his life to the young translator; he even asked Calista for advice about certain things and also offered her advice about her love life - which seemed very unlikely between someone in his position and hers. I also felt the middle section of the book, where Billy Wilder's past life story was recounted in the form of a truncated screenplay/script, didn't work very well. That's not to say, as previously mentioned, that there weren't parts to this story that I enjoyed and, on a more positive note, I felt Mr Coe's voice as a young female was quite convincing (something I think he did even better in his novel 'The Rain Before it Falls'), however, if I'm being entirely honest, 'Mr Wilder and Me' is a book that won't stay in my mind for very long and, for me, this was a 3 Star read.
I did not find Calista plausible. Chance might have found her a job on a film set – maybe. What I could not believe was that a close relationship would develop between the two. Coe has him opening his heart to this young girl. This is a novelistic device to show what Wilder was really like, his chats to Calista being peppered with things he really said, but not to anyone like Calista.
Calista also functions as a character device. We meet her first in 2013 when her career is over and her family has grown up. With one daughter off to study music in Sydney, and the other waiting to go to Oxford, and a big house in Hammersmith – I struggled for empathy. Anyway the thing is she recalls that Wilder was in a similar position when she knew him. Thus she finds words of wisdom and a renewed sense of purpose in life. The ending of the novel I found corny – I don’t think Wilder would have wanted to turn this into a film.
Polly Samson tried the same thing with Leonard Cohen, coincidentally with a young girl also on a Greek island. William Boyd has just released his novel using a thinly veiled Jean Seberg. Then there’s David Mitchell and his semi-fictitious account of Sandy Denny. None of them carried this reader with them on their journeys to the past.
The book revolves around the idea of a young Greek woman becoming involved by chance in the orbit of Billy Wilder, the Hollywood movie director of Some Like It Hot and many more. Austrian born Wilder left Germany and then France for the USA to avoid the Nazis, and his conflicted feelings about his return to Germany to make a film financed by a German hedge fund is one of a number of features in this book which are utterly convincing.
The author has done a quite brilliant job here. Somehow he has woven numerous Wilder quotes, numerous incidents from Wilder's life and career and from the the film Fedora into the story as told by Calista, the female narrator of the story. Reading the book my world slipped away for several hours. In my mind i was in the 1970’s, in Greece. Paris, London and Los Angeles, bathed in the light of youthful possibility, and of Wilder’s charisma.
This is a wonderful book. There is no way that my review can do it justice - but you really should read it for yourself
He has shown his enthusiasm for the cinema in earlier works, but never as comprehensively as here. Creating a scenario, in which Billy Wilder features centrally, but feels like a romantic comedy, is a tour de force.
Even the darker wartime work on ‘Death Mills’ is treated elegantly and with no unnecessary dramatics, but a deeply felt sympathy.
A quick read I was sorry had finished. A delight.