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Walking with Ghosts de Gabriel Byrne

Walking with Ghosts (original: 2021; edição: 2021)

de Gabriel Byrne (Autor)

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Título:Walking with Ghosts
Autores:Gabriel Byrne (Autor)
Informação:Grove Press (2021), 196 pages
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Walking with Ghosts de Gabriel Byrne (2021)


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I'm a sucker for an Irish brogue so listening to this was a no brainer. I'd seen Byrne in a few movies so I recognized him but wasn't terribly familiar with his work ("The Usual Suspects" was one movie I knew very well.) But the reviews for the book, and really mostly for the audiobook because the written book could never have the same impact, were absolutely gob smacking. And well-deserved they were. This memoir will probably seal his legacy as an Irish performer, if it wasn't already.

From the first few words I was transported to Dublin of the 50s and 60s, where Byrne came of age, living a working class childhood with his five siblings. It's a rough and tumble existence. His father wants him to guarantee his future by having a trade. He wants him to be a plumber. Byrne knows it's not really for him. He loves poetry and drama and when a friend suggests he join a drama club his life is completely changed. But that's just a tidbit because the main story is of his childhood, his abuse at the hands of his priest, his years when he thought he would train to be a priest until he realized it was not who he was at all. His descriptions of his home life bounce around as Byrne travels back and forth in time, settling on his relationship with his father, and his love for this rough man. Hollywood and the celebrities take a back seat to the importance of his early years. Absolutely wonderful! ( )
  brenzi | Apr 9, 2021 |
Full disclosure: I am of Irish descent! I am a sucker for a lilting, lyrical Irish accent! Nonetheless, this memoir, narrated by the author is marvelous. Be sure to listen to the audio version. I laughed out loud, cried, cringed, and ached. This is the story of a boy who had a rich inner life. The anecdotes from his acting career are few and fantastic, but this memoir is anything other than a Hollywood tell-all Byrne welcomes the reader/listener into the inner life of a boy, becoming a man. It felt honest, and consequently possibly universal. Not being a boy, I cannot be sure. If this narration is a performance, let it be so. Bravo, Mr. Byrne. The world is a better place for your memoir. ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 18, 2021 |
He starts his memoir with a then and now look at the Dublin neighborhood in which he had spent his youth. His Catholic schooling, Christian Brothers, his first Communion with all the pagentry, pomp, and hidden cruelties. I found relate to both, the neighborhood I grew up in is much changed and I may have attended Catholic school in the states but much was familiar. There is also some amusing incidents anecdotes. The Dublin he carries will never leave him just as my old neighborhood will not leave me.

In between we learn of various endeavors, failings and his start in acting. Past and future. What is so touching is his total honesty, his openers and self deprecating humor. He makes clear that some of the sadness, griefs in his life will never leave him, he carries this wherever he goes. A man I would love to meet, he never appears arrogant but grateful for the opportunities he has been given. A terrific story and one I wish I had listened to as I've read he is his own narrator. ( )
  Beamis12 | Mar 9, 2021 |
I just finished reading Gabriel Byrne’s “Walking with Ghosts” and I had to pause for a minute, to collect myself. So transported was I into the author’s world, as I devoured this book, that I was left with a huge sense of loss as it ended, which I guess is ironic as this ties directly to the themes explored with grace, compassion, and heart-rending vulnerability in this treasure of a book. The author writes with an ease, a fluidity, that dips and weaves through story after story, some poetic as in the pastoral and sublimely descriptive tales of his boyhood in Ireland, to others crackling with vivid characters and often humorous adventures. The tales skillfully cross timelines back and forth in the authors life, winding through the events and relationships that have shaped him, from the uplifting and formative, to those that can only be described as (in the author’s words). “blackness”. Now in his twilight years, the author is thinking about life and big themes like death, memory, escape, fame, identity, imagination, judgement, loss and yearning, and how all have tied into his lifelong quest to belong, somewhere and with someone, in a way that would allow him to live a truly authentic life.

The resulting book, one of the most beautiful I have read in a long while, touched me in a way that illustrates an author, a man, a soul, whose deeply introspected journey, holding nothing back, has succeeded in sparking an intimate and authentic connection with this reader, and no doubt, with all of those who have the great luck to experience it.

5 very enthusiastic stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Grove Atlantic for an advance copy of this book. ( )
  porte01 | Jan 31, 2021 |
  Seayla2020 | Jan 21, 2021 |
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