Song of My Life: A Memoir (Hardback)Harry Mark Petrakis (author)
- We can order this
Petrakis recounts the near-fatal childhood illness, which confined him to bed for two years and, through hours of reading during the day and night, nurtured his imagination and compulsion toward storytelling. A high school dropout, Petrakis also recalls his work journey in the steel mills, railroad depots, and shabby diners of the city. There is farce and comedy in the pages as he describes the intricate framework of lies that drove his courtship of Diana, who has been his wife of sixty-nine loving years. Petrakis shares his struggles for over a decade to write and publish and finally, poignantly describes the matchless instant when he holds his first published book in his hands. The chapters on his experiences in Hollywood where he had gone to write the screenplay of his best-selling novel A Dream of Kings are as revealing of the machinations and egos of moviemaking as any Oliver Stone documentary.
Petrakis's individual story, as fraught with drama and revelation as the adventures of Odysseus, comes to an elegiac conclusion when, at the age of ninety, he ruminates on his life and its approaching end. With a profound and searing honesty, this self-exploration of a solitary writer's life helps us understand our own existences and the tapestry of lives connecting us together in our shared human journey.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
" a work of lyrical power and poignancy that may prove to be the most important works Petrakis has produced in a writing career that spans nearly six decades..." --Spencer Michael Farmans. Sun-Times"
"Petrakis at ninety looks back on his life with honesty and humility, delving into the bazaars of memory in an attempt to understand himself " --Willard Manus (Lively-arts.com)"
You may also be interested in...
Please sign in to write a review