Sunnyside

Sunnyside

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From the author of the acclaimed best seller Carter Beats the Devil comes a grand entertainment with the brilliantly realized figure of Charlie Chaplin at its center: a novel at once cinematic and intimate, thrilling and darkly comic, that dramatizes the moment when American capitalism, a world at war, and the emerging mecca of Hollywood intersect to spawn an enduring culture of celebrity. SUNNYSIDE opens on a winter day in 1916 during which Chaplin is spotted in more than eight hundred places simultaneously, an extraordinary mass delusion. From there, the novel follows the overlapping fortunes of three men: Leland Wheeler, son of the world’s last (and worst) Wild West star, as he heads to the battlefields of France; snobbish Hugo Black, drafted to fight under the towering General Edmund Ironside in America’s doomed engagement with Russia; and Chaplin himself, as he faces a tightening vice of complications—studio moguls, questions about his patriotism, his unchecked heart, and, most menacing of all, his mother—to finally make a movie “as good as he was.” With a cast of enthralling characters, both historical and fictional—Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, a thieving Girl Scout, a lovestruck film theorist, Russian princesses, even Rin Tin Tin—SUNNYSIDE is a heartrending, spellbinding novel about American promises both kept and betrayed. From the Compact Disc edition.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 928 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 50.8mm | 1,360.77g
  • Random House Large Print Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0739328530
  • 9780739328538

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