Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life

Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life

Book - 2004
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Finalist for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Canada and Caribbean region) AGlobe and MailNotable Book of the Year For years, Toronto stage actor Norman Bray has renounced all responsibility in the name of his "art." Now, middle-aged, teetering on the edge of financial ruin, and clinging to the faded light of his career, Norman must answer to the bank, to the adult children of his recently deceased common-law wife, and, most of all, to his own illusions about himself. Making matters worse, Amy, his stepdaughter-of-a-sort, discovers her late mother's journals and the unhappiness they contain. Meanwhile, Norman finds himself embroiled in the affairs of an attractive neighbour, with unexpected consequences. Highly original, skewering, hilarious, humane, Trevor Cole's brilliant debutlooks at the precarious ties of love and family and the plight of a man who has reached the end of the line -- and has only himself to blame.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2004
ISBN: 9780771022623
077102262X
Branch Call Number: FIC Cole 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 367 p

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bshokal
Oct 11, 2013

There are so many complexities to this well written book. It is one of those books that lingers in your thoughts after you have finished reading it. At first Norman Bray is annoying - a self-centred 'actor' who lives in his own world as an artist. Even as his world begins to disintegrate, Norman continues his 'life' as an artist. However, as life's reality begins to descend on Norman, one can't help but be saddened over the disintegration of Norman's world. As the lead in 'Man of La Mancha' - Norman's transformation is as symbolic as Don Quiote's.

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