The Slide Area

The Slide Area

By (author) Gavin Lambert

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The land along Pacific Palisades is apt to slip away without warning, hence the road-side signs - SLIDE AREA. Narrated by a script-writer, Lambert's widely-acclaimed 1959 Hollywood classic of lonely souls marooned on a glittering wasteland is a perceptive and sensitive study of human emotion.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • 15 Apr 1998
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1852424419
  • 9781852424411
  • 1,996,530

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Gavin Lambert was born in England but has lived for much of his life in Hollywood. He is the author of several novels (The Slide Area, Inside Daisy Clover, The Goodbye People), non-fiction (including On Cukor, The Dangerous Edge) and screenplays (Sons and Lovers, for which he gained an Academy Award nomination, and Inside Daisy Clover). Gavin Lambert's biography of Lindsay Anderson has recently been published and he is currently writing a biography of Natalie Wood.

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Most of all there is enormous skill: the author has the playwright's flair for taut, meaningful dialogue; the novelist's feeling for mood, the short-story writer's love of plot; and the good movie writer's capacity for deft characterization that is visual as well as psychological New York Times These are the most truthful stories about the film world and its suburbia I have ever read Christopher Isherwood A brilliant piece of work, terse, compassionate, and beautifully made. It earns a place on anyone's shelves along with Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon and Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust Times Literary Supplement

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Abstracted from the passing show in Hollywood are seven stories by an Englishman who lives and works there and who mirrors in his characters the vacuity of that life. All seven are linked through the peripheral crossing of paths and are told in the first person by a script writer, also English, who views his subjects with warmth but objectivity. There is the motiveless murder of Zeena Nelson's sister; the career of escapism of Mark Cusden, whom the writer had known at school in England; the various devices used by two nieces to keep their wealthy, blind aunt traveling without leaving home; the long time star who uses her new picture to subjugate a director - and fails; Emma Slack - who turns out to be 14 years old - and her innocence about getting into pictures; Clyde Wallace, the problem son of a successful agent, and his search which ends in emptiness; the fortune teller who, without previous knowledge, gets vibrations from them all. Shadowed by nothingness, Hollywood's climate here betrays its people as it does its landscape in well handled vignettes. An effective first American appearance. (Kirkus Reviews)

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