[New] (Sunnyside) author Glen David Gold

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Read & Download Sunnyside ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 TinBy turns lighthearted and profound Sunnyside is an altogether spellbinding novel about dreams ambition and the dawn of the modern a. What is one to make of Glen David Gold s second act Sunnyside which comes than seven years after his much praised first novel Carter Beats the Devil As with Carter Gold again demonstrates his extraordinary gifts characterization humor and perfectly metered prose as well as exceptional research are not for this author tricks but sheer magic Yet where Carter followed a story that was linear and easily deciphered Sunnyside follows not one track but several And if like most readers you follow these various paths expecting that Gold will eventually bring them together in some tidy ending you are sure to be disappointed Instead these separate stories circle each other and occasionally almost but never uite touch having in common the period leading up to America s involvement in World War I Gold gives us one story of handsome Leland Wheeler the son of a woman lighthouse officer and a Wild West scoundrel who dreams of Hollywood fame against his mother s wishes a family of Russian Jewish grifters who dream of riches Hugo Black an intellectual who searches for glory but has the misfortune of being sent to Siberia as part of the Allies ill conceived plan to undermine the new Bolshevik regime and of course Charlie Chaplin One hardly knows what to say about the Chaplin story as it engages so many other varied plots sub plots and characters and so many characters Doug Fairbanks Goldwyn McAdoo Zukor Mary Pickford Rin tin tin etc etc etc as Gold attempts to present and critiue Hollywood s formationI cannot sufficiently praise either Gold s prose or his research Here is historical fiction presented by a master who weaves a spectacular tapestry of facts fiction and opinion creating a whole that runs through with pathos and humor His sentences sing and his observations often give a reader pause So what is one to make of Sunnyside s strange disassociated structure From the novel s outset Gold makes very clear that he sees in this period the birth of modern mass culture with Chaplin filling the essential role of that culture s celebrity Perhaps that is why he organized the novel in this way to demonstrate how disjointed society has become and reflect the impact of celebrity on its members One cannot know for sure what this author intended and at times one may become frustrated by the novel s seemingly obtuse structure One thing is certain in the hands of a lesser writer the attempt would have sunk into a disastrous morass and it is a testament to Gold s tremendous talent that he can keep this work afloat and his reader engaged One may puzzle over Gold s intent but Sunnyside offers no room to doubt his gifts By any standard Sunnyside is an unconventional piece of story telling and I am reticent to attach the word novel to a work so unusually structured Many readers will find the work to not be their cup of tea and will wonder whether they should dive into its 500 pages I suspect even that those who enjoy it will find that it than once leaves them scratching their heads One thing is certain Gold here undertakes something both unusual and memorable and I for one took considerable satisfaction in the Acts of Mercy years after his much praised first novel Carter Beats the Devil As with Carter Gold again demonstrates his extraordinary gifts characterization humor and perfectly metered prose as well as exceptional research are not for this author tricks but sheer magic Yet where Carter followed a story that was linear and easily deciphered Sunnyside follows not one track but several And if like most readers The Chicolini Incident Rex Nihilo #05 you follow these various paths expecting that Gold will eventually bring them together in some tidy ending Reckless Charity: A Charity Styles Novel (Caribbean Thriller Series Book 3) you are sure to be disappointed Instead these separate stories circle each other and occasionally almost but never uite touch having in common the period leading up to America s involvement in World War I Gold gives us one story of handsome Leland Wheeler the son of a woman lighthouse officer and a Wild West scoundrel who dreams of Hollywood fame against his mother s wishes a family of Russian Jewish grifters who dream of riches Hugo Black an intellectual who searches for glory but has the misfortune of being sent to Siberia as part of the Allies ill conceived plan to undermine the new Bolshevik regime and of course Charlie Chaplin One hardly knows what to say about the Chaplin story as it engages so many other varied plots sub plots and characters and so many characters Doug Fairbanks Goldwyn McAdoo Zukor Mary Pickford Rin tin tin etc etc etc as Gold attempts to present and critiue Hollywood s formationI cannot sufficiently praise either Gold s prose or his research Here is historical fiction presented by a master who weaves a spectacular tapestry of facts fiction and opinion creating a whole that runs through with pathos and humor His sentences sing and his observations often give a reader pause So what is one to make of Sunnyside s strange disassociated structure From the novel s outset Gold makes very clear that he sees in this period the birth of modern mass culture with Chaplin filling the essential role of that culture s celebrity Perhaps that is why he organized the novel in this way to demonstrate how disjointed society has become and reflect the impact of celebrity on its members One cannot know for sure what this author intended and at times one may become frustrated by the novel s seemingly obtuse structure One thing is certain in the hands of a lesser writer the attempt would have sunk into a disastrous morass and it is a testament to Gold s tremendous talent that he can keep this work afloat and his reader engaged One may puzzle over Gold s intent but Sunnyside offers no room to doubt his gifts By any standard Sunnyside is an unconventional piece of story telling and I am reticent to attach the word novel to a work so unusually structured Many readers will find the work to not be their cup of tea and will wonder whether they should dive into its 500 pages I suspect even that those who enjoy it will find that it than once leaves them scratching their heads One thing is certain Gold here undertakes something both unusual and memorable and I for one took considerable satisfaction in the

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Read & Download Sunnyside ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 than eight hundred places simultaneously an extraordina. Glen David Gold s first novel Carter Beats the Devil was a decent enough book that didn t uite manage to live up to its potential and suffered because it came out at roughly the same time as Michael Chabon s far superior Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay against which the flaws of Gold s work became even apparent But his second novel Sunnyside is leaps and bounds ahead of Carter a brilliant and emotionally genuine book that explores pain sacrifice war and the birth pangs of Hollywood let down only by the fact that about 20% of the book is basically unnecessary Sunnyside follows three characters over the course of 1916 to 1919 Leland Wheeler is a young handsome lighthouse keeper who wants to be a film actor but ends up going to war in France instead Hugo Black is a snobbish Detroit dilettante who thinks himself too good for America so ends up fighting the war in Russia And Charlie Chaplain is a genius comedian and performer tormented by feelings of his own failures and inability to connect with the people he entertains They all have dreams They all get some kind of chance to fulfill those dreams They all fall shortGold picks out the journeys of all three men against a meticulously researched historical background that feels genuine and engaging never descending into lectures and infodumps than anything else he delves into the emotions of the men and the emotions around them with prose that starts a little stiffly but finds its feet within a few chapters and really takes off He s also not afraid to bend the rules of the sprawling historical epic with occasional moments of absurdism magical realism and comedy There s some wonderful writing here from laugh out loud to horrifically sad I was on the verge of tears towards the end as a deftly foreshadowed bit of tragedy came to fruition and made me dread reading the final pay offBut there is a flaw to the novel and it s a big one one of the core narratives is superfluous Although Leland and Chaplain only meet once their characters thematically mirror each other in satisfying ways Leland wants to be an actor but ends up a soldier Chaplain wants to change a world at war but is stuck making work he doesn t respect They don t swap places but both of them move from those positions in a way that contrasts and contextualises the other s journey Hugo Black s story on the other hand doesn t belong in this novel it doesn t connect to the other two in any meaningful way nor does it provide extra context or resonance It s a good story and it deserved better development but ultimately it could have been cut It s already a minor element taking up much less than a third of the book but that s still than it should have had here in this bookThat said good story here than reuired is a pretty minor flaw for most readers and the rest of Sunnyside soars and saddens despite the occasional cuts to the extraneous It has drama and melodrama laughs and tears plot twists and performing dogs and it absolutely sets Gold up as a major American author in a way that Carter Beats the Devil failed to do Highly recommended But you may need a hanky at the end The Archetype of Initiation young handsome lighthouse keeper who wants to be a film actor but ends up going to war in France instead Hugo Black is a snobbish Detroit dilettante who thinks himself too good for America so ends up fighting the war in Russia And Charlie Chaplain is a genius comedian and performer tormented by feelings of his own failures and inability to connect with the people he entertains They all have dreams They all get some kind of chance to fulfill those dreams They all fall shortGold picks out the journeys of all three men against a meticulously researched historical background that feels genuine and engaging never descending into lectures and infodumps than anything else he delves into the emotions of the men and the emotions around them with prose that starts a little stiffly but finds its feet within a few chapters and really takes off He s also not afraid to bend the rules of the sprawling historical epic with occasional moments of absurdism magical realism and comedy There s some wonderful writing here from laugh out loud to horrifically sad I was on the verge of tears towards the end as a deftly foreshadowed bit of tragedy came to fruition and made me dread reading the final pay offBut there is a flaw to the novel and it s a big one one of the core narratives is superfluous Although Leland and Chaplain only meet once their characters thematically mirror each other in satisfying ways Leland wants to be an actor but ends up a soldier Chaplain wants to change a world at war but is stuck making work he doesn t respect They don t swap places but both of them move from those positions in a way that contrasts and contextualises the other s journey Hugo Black s story on the other hand doesn t belong in this novel it doesn t connect to the other two in any meaningful way nor does it provide extra context or resonance It s a good story and it deserved better development but ultimately it could have been cut It s already a minor element taking up much less than a third of the book but that s still than it should have had here in this bookThat said good story here than reuired is a pretty minor flaw for most readers and the rest of Sunnyside soars and saddens despite the occasional cuts to the extraneous It has drama and melodrama laughs and tears plot twists and performing dogs and it absolutely sets Gold up as a major American author in a way that Carter Beats the Devil failed to do Highly recommended But Duplicity you may need a hanky at the end

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Read & Download Sunnyside ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ry 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 uestions about his patriotism his unchecked heart and most menacing of all his motherThe narrative is as rich and expansive as. I love Glen David Gold I love him as a witty personable man and as a witty engaging author I adored CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL and found it to be lush and intricate with numerous plot points that somehow magically reunite for a satisfying novel Perhaps it was wrong for me to set such a high standard for SUNNYSIDE but I know what Gold can do at his best and I waited a long time for this novel When I heard that it was based at least in part on an era I love that of Hollywood in the silent days I was even keen to read itSUNNYSIDE starts off in a marvelous way There was a single day when Chaplin appeared to hundreds of people in hundreds of places This is something that actually happened and the description of mass hysteria that Gold gives us is a wonder to behold The three main storylines are introduced here Chaplin Lee Duncan and Hugo Black Then they diverge never to meet again except in the tiniest of moments early in the book Chaplin is presented as a character who is conflicted and self doubting perhaps a fair portrayal I ve not read a great deal about the man Interestingly I found that the most engaging bits of his story had to do not with his filmmaking but with his interactions with others Douglas Fairbanks Mildred Harris Hannah Chaplin Frances Marion and Mary Pickford with whom he had a famously difficult relationship There are two separate scenes one with Mildred and one with Hannah that are especially moving and it was in these that I saw the glimmer of genius that I know so well from Gold s previous work Next is Lee Duncan a young lighthouse keeper who wants to make it big in Hollywood and stay as far from the battlefields of The Great War as possible He is an interesting character and to my mind the best developed The arc from callow youth to saddened man is carefully plotted and at times beautifully written Finally Hugo Black I don t know what to say about this character except why There is no reason for him to be present in this narrative and removal of the whole subplot would not have hurt the story one bit I think it would have been vastly improved actuallyIt hurts my heart to say that I m disappointed with something Glen David Gold has written When I got to end of CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL I said oh it s over already At numerous times during SUNNYSIDE I found myself saying when will it be over already Glen David Gold is a marvelous writer and when he s at the top of his game there are few who can eual him for narrative scope and beauty of prose Sadly SUNNYSIDE is somewhat of a miss in that regard


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    [New] (Sunnyside) author Glen David Gold Glen David Gold ´ 5 Read & Download Read & Download Sunnyside Every chapter that focuses on Pickford Fairbanks and Chaplin is like hearing my favorite song be played over and over It paints beauti

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    review Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Glen David Gold Glen David Gold ´ 5 Read & Download Read & Download Sunnyside Sunnyside pops and crackles with cleverness Which probably won't surprise anyone who read Glen David Gold's debut novel Carter Beats the Devil Like that novel Sunnyside is rooted in the popular culture of the American past – the earlier boo

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    review Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Glen David Gold [New] (Sunnyside) author Glen David Gold I love Glen David Gold I love him as a witty personable man and as a witty engaging author I adored CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL and found it to be lush and intricate with numerous plot points that somehow magically reunite for a satisfying novel Perhaps it was wrong for me to set such a high standard for SUNNYSIDE but I know what Gold can do at his best and I waited a long time for this novel When I heard that it w

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    Read & Download Sunnyside [New] (Sunnyside) author Glen David Gold Glen David Gold ´ 5 Read & Download I just love this book to pieces It's smart it's funny it isn't afraid to let you fill in dots yourself as Gold explores Charlie Chaplin's role as the world's first global celebrity but also how others both famous and ordinary make their way through the absurd world the rise of Hollywood and the ossification of European politics created I really did laugh and cry in fairly eual measure I'm a sucker for dog stories and this novel has a beau

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    Glen David Gold ´ 5 Read & Download review Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Glen David Gold [New] (Sunnyside) author Glen David Gold Glen David Gold's new novel takes its title and perhaps too much of its spirit from Charlie Chaplin's weirdest movie a rare financial flop called Sunnyside At just 34 minutes long the 1919 film cobbled together several incongruous scenes including some classic slapstick a surreal dance with wood nymphs a violent suicide and a baffling happy

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    [New] (Sunnyside) author Glen David Gold Read & Download Sunnyside What is one to make of Glen David Gold’s second act “Sunnyside” which comes than seven years after his much praised first novel “Carter Beats the Devil”? As with Carter Gold again demonstrates his extraordinary gifts – characteriza

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    review Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Glen David Gold [New] (Sunnyside) author Glen David Gold Glen David Gold ´ 5 Read & Download The production of illusion the competitive spirit of creative people the magnetic appeal of the truly adept; these are the themes of David Glen Gold and also his techniues as a writer Carter Beats the Devil his amazing first novel was about a magician Sunnyside takes us into the early world of motion pictures thr

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  • Hardcover
  • 559
  • Sunnyside
  • Glen David Gold
  • English
  • 06 October 2020
  • 9780307270689