The Confessions of Edward Day follows a young man through the 1970s and early 80s as he strives for love and fulfillment. While attending a lush party on the Jersey shore, Edward encounters two fellow thespians who change the course of his life forever. The beautiful Madeleine Delavergne quickly becomes his heart's desire, while Guy Margate - after saving Edward from drowning - morphs from a savior into his chief rival on stage and for Madeleine's affections. And for a decade following that fateful meeting, their competition drives them toward a dramatic confrontation and inevitable tragedy.
I really enjoyed this book. It is an insightful portrait of actors (could be any other creative types) struggling to make it in an odds-against-them world and have a personal life at the same time. It's catnip for theater lovers.
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When Ed Day is in a life threatening situation, a man he has never met saves him.
This complication brings about the many dealings of Ed and his rescuer. These dealings are complex and involve many years and aspects of Ed's life.
The writing is coherent and Valerie Martin really does an excellent job at defining all the players' character. The plot is subtle but intriguing. It asks the reader what you might owe someone who saves your life and sees that you have an obligation of some sort because of that?
The narration is really good, too.
I really enjoyed the story. Interesting view into actors' lives. Engaging story with twists and turns.
I didn't like the reader. He often lacked inflection and emotion. It seemed so out of place given the subject of the book that I kept wondering if the style was an intentional contrast to the idea of a good actor. Still well worth a listen.
This book is fabulous. A great great story with compelling characters. I finished it 3 days ago and I am still thinking about it. The reading could have been improved with a reader who was more of an "actor". It took me a while to stop being bothered that the narrator of the story is an actor, yet the reader couldn't "act".