The Life and Death of Sophie Stark Audio CD – Unabridged, 30 June 2015
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- ASIN : B08Y4R8XTM
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (30 June 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200008988
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 14.48 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"A fierce, page-turning, exposé of a would-be/could-be bright star. 'Friends, ' former flames, and critics paint a portrait of an elusive cult filmmaker and the bridges she burned along the way."-- "Marie Claire"
"An engaging exploration of what it takes to make art and, more importantly, what it takes to love those who make it."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"As taut and artistically ambitious as its title character, North's novel upends the trope of the lone, tortured genius, considering instead the deeply human consequences of one person's uncompromising vision."-- "Booklist"
"North's engrossing second novel portrays with painful clarity the life of a flawed but highly talented artist."-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
Norths engrossing second novel portrays with painful clarity the life of a flawed but highly talented artist.-- "Library Journal Starred Review"
About the Author
Amanda Dolan is a professional actor in the MFA program at Brown University. Her credits include Richard III, Macbeth, Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Show, Hair, and The Who's Tommy.
Roger Wayne served in the Air Force as a radio and television broadcast journalist in South Korea and won several awards before obtaining a BA degree in communications and journalism. He is an actor living in New York, narrating audiobooks, working on independent film projects, performing off Broadway, and auditioning for major network shows.
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All we readers can really know about Sophie is via what she’s said and what she’s done. And they’re often miles apart.
This was an interesting, but not riveting, read for me. I realise North intends for we readers (and Sophie’s friends) to remain conflicted about the book’s namesake but I did find it a little frustrating that I really didn’t get a sense of her character (or care more about her). I suspect North is implying (and probably not even very subtly) that Sophie…. as she called herself (almost on a whim), really had no sense of who she was. Which was—most likely—her problem.
Read the full (and only slightly longer) review on my blog: http://www.debbish.com/books-literature/the-life-and-death-of-sophie-stark/
I love books where the characters are imperfect and not necessarily good people. Anna North's writing is simple, there's a lot of dialogue, but also inner monologues. All the characters are fully developed, even though the central character is Sophie.
There is so much to ponder and take out of this novel and different ways of looking at things.
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is like nothing I've read. It stayed with me for a while.
The protagonist character ( a film maker) is unveiled through a series of other characters' confessionals. Simple, yet clever.
The entire thing comes down to the cost, burdens and demands of being a creative individual. The cost to others around her, and to herself.
I liked this book. An interesting subject told in an interesting way.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
Top reviews from other countries
The format is a little bit like A Visit from the Goon Squad, though a bit less adventurous with style and structure. Each chapter is almost like a standalone short story, each told from the point of view of and focussed on a different character. The connecting factor is the titular Sophie Stark, a burgeoning film director with a very strange approach to emotional boundaries, relationships, and her interactions with other people. Each of the chapters is about that character’s with Sophie, which in most cases involves them becoming a little obsessed with her and her knowingly or unknowingly taking advantage of them in order to create her art.
Sophie is not particularly likeable or very easy to identify with, but for the most part, she’s a fairly sympathetic character, which makes the occasions where she really crosses a line extra jarring. The narrator characters all have some interesting personalities and backstories, and learning about their lives is probably the most interesting part of the novel.
Overall, I thought this was well done, but once I finished, I was left with a slight sense of “is that it?” which wouldn’t make me rush to re-read or to recommend to others.
If you let it ask you questions - there would be so many!
Is storytelling possible without stealing from others? Is this ethical?
Is personal sacrifice necessary to create good art?
And the question that bothers me... Which character is ultimately the most betrayed?
All of the narrators tell the story of intangible Sophie Stark. And once you finish the book you realize what you heard was spoken with one voice - author's limitation? And then I thought, maybe it's that other script written by Sophie. You have to read the book to understand - but what an ingenious twist it would be.
I stopped caring about Lena Dunham praise, but Emma Donoghue said: "A thunderously good story".