Sunnyside

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (23.42 hours)
Product Number: Z100012305
Released: May 05, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415959237
Narrator/s: Robertson Dean
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Description

Glen David Gold, author of the best seller Carter Beats the Devil, now gives us a grand entertainment with the brilliantly realized figure of Charlie Chaplin at its center: a novel at once cinematic and intimate, heartrending and darkly comic, that captures the moment when American capitalism, a world at war, and the emerging mecca of Hollywood intersect to spawn an enduring culture of celebrity. Sunnyside opens on a winter day in 1916 during which Charlie Chaplin is spotted in more than eight hundred places simultaneously, an extraordinary delusion that forever binds the overlapping fortunes of three men: Leland Wheeler, son of the world's last (and worst) Wild West star, as he finds unexpected love on the battlefields of France; Hugo Black, drafted to fight under the towering General Edmund Ironside in America's doomed expedition against the Bolsheviks; and Chaplin himself, as he faces a tightening vise of complications-studio moguls, questions about his patriotism, his unchecked heart, and, most menacing of all, his mother. The narrative is as rich and expansive as the ground it covers, and it is cast with a dazzling roster of both real and fictional characters: Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Adolph Zukor, Chaplin's (first) child bride, a thieving Girl Scout, the secretary of the treasury, a lovesick film theorist, three Russian princesses (gracious, nervous, and nihilist), a crew of fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants moviemakers, legions of starstruck fans, and Rin Tin Tin. By turns lighthearted and profound, Sunnyside is an altogether spellbinding novel about dreams, ambition, and the dawn of the modern age.

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Author(s): Glen David Gold
Original Publish Date: May 05, 2009

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Author(s): Glen David Gold
Product Number EB00169830
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307271945

Professional reviews

"A novel of the early twentieth century combines historical characters, anchored by Charlie Chaplin, with a raft of whacky fictional ones. Robertson Dean is an excellent narrator with a range of vocal tools and capabilities. However, his sporadic attempts at voicing do little to serve this story. For example, when Charlie Chaplin does an impromptu monologue as Comrade Leon Trotsky, much of the poignancy of the piece is lost due to the vague blend of accents employed. This kind of voicing is especially difficult when a character as well known as Chaplin is involved and the author has chosen to use his "voice" to create yet another great historical character. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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