The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life
William Brandt
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The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life

William Brandt
336 pages
February 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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This is a dark yet humorous look at a New Zealander trying to become a script writer while married to an actress who ultimately breaks big, breaks up their marriage, and leaves him reevaluating his life as he enters that dangerous period known as early mid-life.

New Zealander Frederick Case, now living in London, truly believes that he could "change the world." He slowly lets that ridiculous premise slip through his fingers and concentrates on just changing his life from a drifting, living-off-his parents sponger, into something of value. His wife, Sophie, lands the role that transforms her from acting non-entity into superstar. In thanks for all his support and confidence, she has an affair with her co-star and, well after they've severed ties, confides to him that she's been cheating on him since the moment they were married.

Frederick is invited to attend the birthday party of a rich investor friend and there, with a hired hooker on his arm acting as date and new relationship girl, he tries to win back Sophie and his own sense of self-worth.

This is an hilarious look at the imperious and insane world of filmmaking and script writers, of the hierarchy of the animals that rule the entertainment business, and what we're forced/willing to do to curry the favor of these heartless taskmasters.

Frederick is the creative inner being hiding in all of us and, if he can do it, there is hope for all of us.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2005

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