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Conrad in Beverly Hills (Hardback)

Jake Fuchs

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ISBN 10: 1933293985 / ISBN 13: 9781933293981
Edité par Raw Dog Screaming Press, United States, 2010
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Professor Conrad Keppler is flummoxed by Kate, a colleague he likes who has shown an interest in him, but he doesn t know how to respond. Even more distressing is that his childhood, which he thought safely behind him, has begun to encroach on his daily life. Memories of a misconceived effort to rescue his screenwriter father from the evils of Hollywood, and thereby merit the man s affection, return to him vividly. Life in Beverly Hills with his egocentric father and a mother who-in Conrad s memory, at least-constantly devoted herself to shushing him lest the genius be disturbed, has left him unable to connect with Kate. Then Conrad comes across an unfinished story of his father s that forces him to examine his past and challenges him to move forward.An unusual perspective on the movie business in the 1950s and 60s and on present day academic life is an often humorous part of Conrad in Beverly Hills, the story of a man s renewal through his own imagination. N° de réf. du libraire FLT9781933293981

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Titre : Conrad in Beverly Hills (Hardback)

Éditeur : Raw Dog Screaming Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Professor Conrad Keppler is flummoxed by Kate, a colleague he likes who has shown an interest in him, but he doesn't know how to respond. Even more distressing is that his childhood, which he thought safely behind him, has begun to encroach on his daily life. Memories of a misconceived effort to rescue his screenwriter father from the evils of Hollywood, and thereby merit the man's affection, return to him vividly. Life in Beverly Hills with his egocentric father and a mother who-in Conrad's memory, at least-constantly devoted herself to shushing him lest the genius be disturbed, has left him unable to connect with Kate. Then Conrad comes across an unfinished story of his father's that forces him to examine his past and challenges him to move forward. An unusual perspective on the movie business in the 1950s and 60s and on present day academic life is an often humorous part of Conrad in Beverly Hills, the story of a man's renewal through his own imagination.

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Professor Conrad Keppler, in residence at the University of Wisconsin at Cornflower (where the students are “all about the same size, medium”), is increasingly obsessed by his childhood memories of growing up in Beverly Hills. He can clearly see his late father, a semi-famous screenwriter, cajoling a host of second-rate producers Conrad dubbed “the Irvings.” He also remembers his campaign to rescue his dad from life as an “ass-kissing screenwriter” and restore him to a respectable career writing serious fiction, a campaign that led to their estrangement. When Conrad discovers an unpublished, unfinished story his father wrote about their relationship, he determines, with the help of a beautiful and savvy colleague, to finish the story and write his way to the reconciliation he never actually experienced. Throughout this unusual novel, Conrad proves to be a quirky if brutally honest narrator, revealing his many sexual obsessions, deep-seated confusion over his Jewish identity, and thinning patience for academic protocol. Fuchs, himself the son of a screenwriter, brings a droll sense of humor and a richly detailed sense of place to this original and memorable family story. --Joanne Wilkinson

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