Nobody's Perfect (3rd impression trade paperback)

Anthony Lane

Verlag: Picador, 2003
ISBN 10: 0330419714 / ISBN 13: 9780330419710
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Nr Fine 3rd printing very large 2003 Picador trade paperback, hugely impressive collection of reviews. Single faint spine crease else fine. Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH This is the first Trade edition of the book. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Film, Radio & Television; ISBN/EAN: 9780330419710. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 029036. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: "Nobody's Perfect", the much anticipated collection from the "New Yorker" critic, brings together a generous selection of Lane's film criticisms, profiles, book reviews, and essays on art and culture. In the manner of Edmund Wilson and Kenneth Tynan, Lane embraces high and low with equal gusto, clearly having a marvelous time. Whether he's writing about T. S. Eliot or Judith Krantz, Alfred Hitchcock or Andre Gide, to read him (or better yet, to reread him) is to be carried along on a current of passionate declamation and urgent inquiry, wry reflection and penetrating wit. Taken together, these pieces reflect some of the most brilliant writing and thinking to have graced the pages of the "New Yorker", and they impart a cultural and artistic literacy of the highest order. '"Nobody's Perfect" shimmers with positively Nabokovian elegance, wit and delicacy of expression; it is hard to recall when one was made to laugh out loud like this and at the same time shiver with aesthetic bliss' - John Banville, "Guardian". 'Lane fits from art-house to blockbuster with elegance, wit and a fearsome erudition. Part of his style is to stop just short of the jugular but somehow inflict even more damage. At other times he is simply very, very funny' - "Sunday Times".

From the Inside Flap: In an aside that reads like a declaration of intent, Anthony Lane writes that he "never quite thrilled to the battle pitched between mainstream and art cinema"—which is to say that he glories in highbrow and lowbrow alike, and respectfully suggests that "the ideal literary diet consists of trash and classics . . . books you can read without thinking, and books you have to read if you want to think at all."

In almost ten years as a critic for The New Yorker, Lane has not only written an indispensable column on the latest movie releases, great and small. He has also turned his gaze upon subjects as various as Evelyn Waugh, Shakespeare, the glory of cookbooks, and the fine art of the obituary. Whether he is examining Alfred Hitchcock or astronauts, to read him is to be carried along on a current of urgent inquiry ("What is the point of Demi Moore?"), wry reflection, and penetrating wit. An essay on The Sound of Music leads him to consider not only singing nuns but the comedy of our cultural memories ("For all our searchings and suppressings, the past comes unbidden or not at all"); his now infamous pieces on the best-seller lists both celebrate the exultantly bad prose of Judith Krantz and deride the "marshes of the middlebrow, where serious novelists lumber around with too many ideas on their back." His writings on the poetry of Matthew Arnold, A. E. Housman, and especially T. S. Eliot showcase his erudition, dispensed with a piercing insight into human folly. In his survey of events as disparate as Oscar night, a Walker Evans retrospective, and the craziness of a Chanel show in Paris, the acuity of Lane's intellect is matched by a quality of heart that is his alone, and by a willingness to be carried away. His writings remind us of what criticism can achieve at its best.

Arguably the most gifted reviewer at work today, Anthony Lane sets the standard—as a reader, as a critic, and as an observer of life. Nobody's Perfect is a must for fans old and new.

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Titel: Nobody's Perfect (3rd impression trade ...
Verlag: Picador
Erscheinungsdatum: 2003
Einband: Softcover
Zustand: Near Fine

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