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N't save ourselves Like The Master and The Hours Leading Men seamlessly weaves fact and fiction to navigate the tensions between public figures and their private lives In an ultimately heartbreaking story about the burdens of fame and the complex negotiations of life in the shadows of greatness Castellani creates an unforgettable leading lady in Anja Bloom and reveals the hidden machinery of one of the great literary love stories of the twentieth century Italy a booze soaked party thrown by Truman Capote a mysterious Swedish film star and the gorgeous love story between Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo what s not to adore about this novel From the first page I was swept into the rich and mesmerizing world of Castellani s LEADING MEN and enjoyed it right up to its incredibly moving and satisfying ending This ambitious novel has a rich cast of characters and whisks you from 1950s Italy in the 1950s to Manhattan in the 1960s to the theater world in Provincetown Massachusetts all while exploring themes of love fidelity and the challenges of forging one s own identity while in a partnership with a creative genius I loved it

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Leading Men

An expansive yet intimate story of desire artistic ambition and fidelity set in the glamorous literary and film circles of s ItalyIn July of at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino Italy Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress Their encounter will go on to alter all of their livesTen years later Frank revisits the tempestuous events of tha I kept waiting to feel something Trevor says For the first few pages I almost did but then as it went on and on I just wanted the guy to shut up and die already The whole thing was so self indulgentchokengistitikchokeng 223This had so much potential that my low rating is from a feeling of major disappointment than anything else It is an utter failure on almost every level with major boredom being the most egregious of its sins It isn t well written enough to ualify as literary fiction as do the two recent novels about Capote and his swans nor is it trashy gossipy fun Although I can semi see that the intention was to focus the attention on Merlo Williams is so consistently missing in action through most of this that one really gets no feel for the relationship itself until the final chapter For example midway through there is a lengthy scene during Visconti s filming of Senso that takes place with an entourage including Anna Magnani at a fish restaurant I wasn t sure Williams was even THERE until towards the end he finally utters two lines Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the playwright knows he couldn tWOULDN T have been silent for so long The other major annoyance is that Castellani shoehorns in tidbits from other lives real and otherwise that add nothing the author John Horne Burns and HIS Italian lover Sandro make an appearance primarily so that Sandro s son can become a character in the OTHER major storyline about a fictional Swedish actress apparently from the author s endnote inspired by Liv Ullman There is a chapter detailing Burns death that MIGHT have made an interesting short story but just feels superfluous here Castellani even manages to make Capote s infreuent cameos dull and lifeless something I would have thought well nigh impossible The actress s storyline revolves around Williams supposed last short play written in tribute to Merlo and the only copy of which he mails to the woman just prior to his death and which the actress attempts to stage in the penultimate chapter Castellani includes the entire mess of a manuscript here something he had written ten years earlier according to the endnote but it bears NONE of the hallmarks of Williams later experimental work as the author himself even admits Mindboggling in its ineptitudeI find it hard to believe ANY of the authors who have provided glowing blurbs for the back cover even read the book it is so far afield from my own experience True story 1973 San Francisco as a 19 year old undergraduate drama student I scored a cheap balcony seat to Williams umpteenth revision to what was then called The Two Character Play As the intermission was ending I scurried up the stairs to my seat only to see the great man himself descending the staircase coming towards me I could tell he was obviously drunk andor stoned and as we passed he stumbled and fell right into me I grabbed and uprighted him and he leaned into me kissed me on the cheek and whispered Sorry baby THAT is a far interesting and indicative story about the playwright than ANYTHING you will find in this book

Review Leading Men

T fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time Anja now legendary film icon Anja Bloom lives as a recluse in the present day US until a young man connected to the events of lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams's final playWhat keeps two people together and what breaks them apart Can we save someone else if we ca Castellani s first three novels captivated me thoroughly but Leading Men took all my emotions and ratcheted them up a level I can t stop thinking about this book I fell in love with Frank Merlo and Anja Bloom with Tennesee William s Italian jet setting ways with the backdrop of 1950s Italy with all of it The book is beautifully written so much so that now that I have read it to feel wrapped up in the story I intend to read it again for the craft of it I want to understand how he turns those gorgeous phrases how he uses POV to unwrap the most delicate parts of the story how he colors the world so the reader feels like they are a part of it Bravo Christopher Castellani bravo


10 thoughts on “Leading Men

  1. says:

    Beginning in 1953 some of the glitterati of the literati are the leading men of this novel The big names here are Tennessee Williams and the malicious gossip Truman Capote he makes only a few appearances The other two leadin

  2. says:

    I kept waiting to feel something Trevor says For the first few pages I almost did but then as it went on and on

  3. says:

    This one held no appeal to me I tried to get into it but gave up at the 20% point

  4. says:

    My first perfect book of 2019 It's been awhile since I've read a book I just simply could not put down Christopher Castellani weave

  5. says:

    What self centred bores Bailed out at 13 still felt endless

  6. says:

    Castellani's first three novels captivated me thoroughly but Leading Men took all my emotions and ratcheted them up a level I can't stop thinking about this book I fell in love with Frank Merlo and Anja Bloom wi

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    Upon finishing this novel I felt full A kind of full that I wouldn't have expected while reading the first half It snuck up on me I felt like I had been eating a ten course meal without realizing it While there is much about this novel that is universal the story stays suarely in its lane At its heart this novel is about how we forge relationships between lovers and parents and children and colleagues and friends The novel alternates betwe

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    If I was a writer I would write historical fictionI’m not saying it’s easy but the raw material is already there for you You research the heck out of something or someone that already interests you then let your imagin

  9. says:

    Italy a booze soaked party thrown by Truman Capote a mysterious Swedish film star and the gorgeous love story between Ten

  10. says:

    Leading Men by Christopher CastellaniThis a very dull attempt to make something of the relationship between Frank Merlo and his lover Tennesse Williams that lasted from 1947 to Merlo's death in 1963 The book opens in July of 1953 when Truman Capote throws a party in Portofino Italy There the motherdaughter duo BitteAnja Blongren become part of the story On the writer's note at the end of the book the author s

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