Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Lucky Break by Esther Freud
But I did really like these things...
1. the cover!
2. it's beautifully written;
3. it starts off well and brought back vivid memories of the drama students I hung out with when I was at uni. The whole arty, terribly self-conscious, clever-dickiness of them! Bless...but I can say that, as only a real friend would help them learn lines from Ibsen without the aid of alcohol! It also reminded me that the tutors were even more pretentious than the students!
4. I liked the character of Nell and although I thought it pretty obvious that she'd probably be the "success" story, she was interesting and well developed.
So there's lots of things to like and I would certainly say to give it a go. I've never read Esther Freud before, but will look at her other novels. But overall, I just found the whole thing a bit unsatisfactory and superficial. I was expecting more and I felt the ending was just too "fairy tale" in a book that at times was brutally honest about an actor's life.