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"Subversively funny and provocatively honest, Actors Anonymous is ostensibly about acting but it's really about a society where everyone's reduced to the roles they play. The novel's many narrators fight back against these roles in truly original, often hilarious, and deeply affecting ways. So should we all." –Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

“Electrifying to see a writer hold nothing back!  This shape-shifting narrative extends a reader's sense of what a novel can be, can do. Franco plays with persona in ways that implicate a reader. The defiant humor is hard-won (including the best worst job interview ever), his take on irresponsible people is both eloquent and suitably scorching, the language is enviable:  the seduction of a virgin is ‘like a bullet through a birthday cake.’ Franco's novel lures you in with indelible images, provocative mind games, and characters laid bare, then successfully strands you in a frightening place." –Amy Hempel
“James Franco puts on a James Franco mask and borrows formats from AA to create a fiction about the fiction of identity—especially as it pertains to actors and, by logical extension, writers. Is fame (the longing for it, the actuality of it) as entangled in the creative act as alcohol? Is acting (writing) an escape from reality or the only thing that’s real for an actor (writer)? The illusion of reality and the reality of fiction hold hands in this novel in much the way that actors (and writers) steal from their lives to enliven their characters. The novel does not merely explore acting, it enacts it. This is a lively, strange, engaging, often funny, sometimes brilliant, and utterly fearless novel.” –Robert Boswell, author of Tumbledown, The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, and The Half-Known World --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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The actors in James Franco’s brilliant debut novel include a McDonald’s drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there’s Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines—before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. “Hollywood has always been a private club,” he writes. “I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.”

Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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  • Editeur : Brilliance Audio; Édition : Unabridged (15 octobre 2013)
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  • ISBN-10: 148055538X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480555389
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Sarah le 3 décembre 2013
Format: Broché
C'est un livre qui parle des préjugés que lol peut avoir sur les acteurs. Il y a beaucoup de fictions et d'histoire dans se livre. Il n y a qu'un seul moment dans le livre où sait que c'est réellement lui qui s'exprime. Ce livre est interressant et divertissant. De plus, il y'a pleins de références de films qui, grâce a son livre, je vais regarder car ce sont des films important dans l'histoire du cinéma.
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Not a novel, but does reveal Franco's demons... 19 octobre 2013
Par Gabriella West - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
First off, I should say I've been a fan of James Franco's film work. I shied away from reading Palo Alto, his not-very-well-received collection of short stories, and I think I did so because I was afraid I would be disappointed. The thing about writing is (unlike acting), you can't hide. The psyche of the writer comes through. And in this book, which is misleadingly termed a novel, James Franco does reveal himself in the guise of multiple "fictional" characters.

So this is categorized by Kindle in the memoir section, and in my view it's creative nonfiction. The point being, Franco isn't a good enough writer yet to craft a novel. And this would be OK if the vignettes in Actors Anonymous really added up to something. Franco takes a hard line when it comes to acting teachers, acting classes, and other actors. But some of his insights are valuable. Here's one: "To have an inside, there always needs to be an outside. The more elite the inside, the more people are on the outside. Get in there, but don't live in there. Be on both sides."

This is the Franco I've liked--the benign, seemingly self-confident, subversive, funny guy. But that guy is pretty much a mask, Franco reveals in this book. After one description of a character who resembles himself called "the Actor," he concludes, "In actuality, he probably wasn't charming at all."

At some level I think Franco wants to be *known* rather than loved. (He's had the love and adulation for years, and it doesn't seem to have helped him much.) And I think Franco hates his persona, too, and this book is an attempt to lift the lid.

The book AA most reminded me of was Last Exit to Brooklyn, oddly enough. As I read the book, with its selection of unpleasant male characters who are all addicts or dead-end people in some way, I thought about Hubert Selby, Jr. I read Last Exit while in college and hated it. I didn't hate its hapless characters. I hated the inner ugliness of the author, which came across on the page. I never read any other of his books.

Franco's inner ugliness also comes across--which is, frankly, distressing. He boasts about all the sex actors get. He seems incredibly immature and insecure. There is one section, about "his" exploits in France with a couple of women he gives rude names to, that probably is the most fictional section of the book, but is just utterly repellent. Franco has yet to learn that while Hollywood is a toxic place, there are different rules for the writing game. You have to have a scintilla of hard-won wisdom and at least show a tiny bit of interest in personal growth. Franco thinks it's fine to dub all older women ugly and to make clear that he only pursues much younger, pretty women. His attitude toward sex is blithely disconnected and I am not sure how aware he is of his predatory attitudes. (I would say "nature," but that seems too cruel, doesn't it?) At one point he criticizes Marilyn Monroe for her cottage-cheese thighs!

I think Franco should look at his attitude towards women. He likes women as sexual objects but he clearly doesn't "like" them. Maybe that's why he does so many gay roles, not out of some wonderful, life-embracing bisexuality, but because he just doesn't like his female co-stars. Do they bore him at this point? Or is he compelled to sleep with them and finds this irritating? Who knows...

What worked best in the book for me was the segment where a former heroin addict called Sean is working at a fast food restaurant and ends up having sex with an odd-looking Latino co-worker for money, all the while attending AA meetings and pretending to be "in recovery." There was a real desperation here, and I liked the intensity and detail that Franco brought to it.

Then toward the end, Franco gets to the subject of his father, who has died suddenly. Again, there's a compelling quality to these parts and an Oedipal intensity. It's thinly disguised autobiography. But he basically throws his father under the bus. I'm sure the older Mr. Franco was a piece of work, but the younger Mr. Franco clearly is, too.

The book made me muse about a young man escaping a narcissistic father who doesn't understand, support, or love him. He goes to Hollywood to reinvent himself. Surely he must have served under a number of narcissistic fathers there, since the power structure is pretty much all male. I can understand his need to escape and transcend acting at this point. He basically admits he's coasting in his film work. I can see that writing would offer more freedom, more of an escape. Plus, it's an "upgrade," and intelligent people take you seriously.

But I don't know, judging by this book, if Franco really can keep a foot in both worlds. If this book gets Franco laid less often... hey, it might be a good thing. Writers need insight and solitude; they need to have self-discipline. Franco still seems to have the mentality of a young, immature actor. All the same, there is a bravery in revealing that he's not a nice guy (antisocial personality disorder came to mind). It's just that doing that is not the same thing as writing a good book.
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Glad I borrowed it rather than buying. 25 octobre 2013
Par alexandra - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Borrowed this book using my Prime account out of nothing but rabid curiosity--I've always considered Franco one of the more intelligent and less vapid actors constantly in the limelight. Turns out, though he very well may be intelligent, he can't write worth a damn. This is nothing but a book full of two sentence paragraphs of rambling, disorganized thoughts. It appears he kept a diary when angry about his career and then published it. To call it a novel is absurd. There are bits and pieces of stories, maybe, but every time you get a little excited that something with a character may occur, he delves back into the fragmented raving.

I'm essentially filing this under the Paris Hilton singing of the publishing industry. If an average Joe gave this "book" to an agent they would be laughed out of the office and possibly institutionalized.
49 internautes sur 61 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Boring 20 octobre 2013
Par CCB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Repetitious. Dull. Self-involved. There seems to be no point to this book other than Franco's tedious analysis of his own brain and its contents. I like Franco as an actor. As an author? No.
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Wish I could return it 19 octobre 2013
Par ARS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The writing itself is as clear and referential as would be expected from James Franco, but this level of pointless navel-gazing is ridiculous. It sounds like it was written by someone with plenty of education, but nothing really to say. There's no story. There's no character development; in fact, it's sometimes difficult to follow who's voicing each chapter--James, a James alter-ego, a completely different character? It's not funny, it's not enriching, it's just dull. Wish I could say it was worth the six bucks.
21 internautes sur 27 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
not terrible, not great not-novel 17 novembre 2013
Par Brian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
This was a free rental ebook for Amazon Prime members, so I figured, why not?

Actors Anonymous is not terrible. I read the whole thing and felt engaged for most of it. The writing is decent--even gripping in some parts (Franco can really build up suspense when he has to) and I feel like I gained a lot of insight into the world of actors, whether they be aspiring, failed, and successful--something I never really knew or thought much about before. Franco made Hollywood--a distant world of fantasy--seem like a real place populated by real people.

Be advised that, despite what the subtitle tells you, Actors Anonymous is not a novel. It's a book of short stories. A lot of it reads like non-fiction--especially a long bit at the beginning where Franco (or, the "narrator") talks about the personalities and motivations of the actors and directors who are his role models. I suppose Franco wants it to be a novel because that sounds weightier and more significant--so it's funny that the way he "novelizes" it is by tying some of the stories together with a common narrative thread, and characters who appear in several seemingly separate stories, and you only realize that they're connected after you've read most of them. This is funny to me because this metafictional trick that was hot in highbrow literary fiction maybe fifty years ago is now mostly used by big-budget movies that want to appear thoughtful and serious and edgy. James Franco is aware of this irony, because another old metafictional trick he uses is inserting his self-doubt and awareness of his gimmicky approach to writing in a section of footnote-commentary near the end. Sorry James but I don't think that's enough to make you a great novelist.

So the book's not terrible but not that good either. If I had paid money to read it I would probably regret it but I didn't so I don't. Read it if you feel like it and maybe you'll have a good time. I'm trying to write a meta-review that is a totally useless non-review, please vote my review "useful" to get in on the meta-action :)
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