Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond by Michael Lindsay-Hogg is a memoir of the author’s fascinating life in the entertainment industry. During the book the author also searches for an answer to who is his biological father is.
The publisher is giving away one copy for two winners— enter at the end of the post.
- 288 pages
- Publisher: Knopf
- ISBN: 0307594688
My rating for Luck and Circumstance – 4
Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (Facebook | IMDB) is a refreshing and amusing book in which the author talks about his lifelong haunts with honesty. The author might or might not be the son of Orson Welles, an imposing figure which comes and goes through-out Mr. Lindsay-Hogg’s life in a way which makes him seem both benevolent and detached.
You be the judge.
Orson Welles (right) and the author (left) in the same age.
I am the first one to say that if you screwed up and didn’t die, that still doesn’t merit a memoir. However, Mr. Lindsay-Hogg’s book gives credit to circumstances and talent. That being said, one could argue that luck means the gods favors you, much like the Romans believed.
The name Michael Lindsay-Hogg might not be familiar to many, but many more are at least familiar with his body of work and appreciate his contributions to the entertainment industry. The author’s anecdotes about the fascinating people he had worked with, his little behind the scenes stories of Hollywood and the New York theatre scene are exactly the kind which make memoirs worth reading.
What I haven’t learned from the author’s remarkable attitude is how he feels towards his mother, actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, who is a big part of the book. Of course he loves her, which comes across loud and clear, but the constant secrecy about his paternity would have driven me insane.
Mr. Lindsay-Hogg‘s melodic book about his quest is interesting, but his fascinating observations about such notables as Mick Jagger and The Beatles is unique and unequivocal. The author’s store and these observations make this book something unique, a memoir everyone will find in something they like.
So tell me, do you like the anecdotes in memoirs?
Acclaimed director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Beatles’ Let It Be, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, The Normal Heart) memoir about his glamorous movie star mother Geraldine Fitzgerald, boyhood, and making his mark on the world of theater, television and film.
Interwoven throughout the memoir is an enduring question of the boy’s patronage, the legendary Orson Welles or the man who considers Michael his son.
Giveaway ends: December 18 2011
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Zohar – Man of la Book Disclaimer: I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Refund: Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond by Michael Lindsay-Hogg on Blogcritics.
- Book Review: Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (blogcritics.org)
- Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s ‘Luck and Circumstance’ (sfgate.com)
- Luck and Circumstance – By Michael Lindsay-Hogg – Book Review (nytimes.com)
- A Director Casts About for Clues (online.wsj.com)
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