The Age of Dreaming

The Age of Dreaming

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Baker & Taylor
Jun Nakayama was a silent film star in the early days of Hollywood, but by 1964, he is living in complete obscurity-until a young writer, Nick Bellinger, reveals that he has written a screenplay with Nakayama in mind. Jun is intrigued by the possibility of returning to movies, but he begins to worry that someone might delve too deeply into the past and uncover the events that led to the abrupt end of his career in 1922. These events include the changing racial tides in California and the unsolved murder of his favorite director, Ashley Bennett Tyler.

Perseus Publishing
The Age of Dreaming is a masterpiece of the sort that doesn’t just seduce the readerit leaves you transformed. Nina Revoyr deserves to be counted among the top ranks of novelists at work today.”Jerry Stahl, author ofI, Fatty

This is a riveting, wise, and gorgeous novel.”Mary Yukari Waters

Brilliant and original. . . . The carefully restrained voice of its narrator recalls Ishiguro’sThe Remains of the Day.”Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize winner

Jun Nakayama was a silent film star in the early days of Hollywood, but by 1964, he is living in complete obscurityuntil a young writer, Nick Bellinger, reveals that he has written a screenplay with Nakayama in mind. Jun is intrigued by the possibility of returning to movies, but he begins to worry that someone might delve too deeply into the past and uncover the events that led to the abrupt end of his career in 1922. These events include the changing racial tides in California and the unsolved murder of his favorite director, Ashley Bennett Tyler.

The Age of Dreaming is part historical novel, part mystery, and part unrequited love story.

Nina Revoyr was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father, and grew up in Japan, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of two previous novels,The Necessary Hunger and Southland, which was a Book Sense 76 pick, winner of the Ferro-Grumley and Lambda Literary awards, a finalist for an Edgar Award, and one of theLos Angeles Times’ Best Books of 2003.” She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Nina Revoyr's long-awaited follow-up to the smash hit and award-winning Southland.


Blackwell North Amer
Jun Nakayama was a silent film star in the early days of Hollywood, but by 1964, he finds himself living in complete obscurity - until a young writer, Nick Bellinger, tracks him down for an interview. When Bellinger reveals that he has written a screenplay with Nakayama in mind, Jun is intrigued by the possibility of returning to the big screen. But he begins to worry that someone might delve too deeply into the past, and uncover the events that led to the abrupt end of his career in 1922. These events include the changing social and racial tides in California - and the unsolved murder of his favorite director, Ashley Bennett Tyler.
Spurred on by his fear of a potential "misunderstanding," Jun begins to track down his surviving acquaintances from his years as Perennial Pictures' greatest star. In the process, he recounts the lives of several other figures from the silent film era: Elizabeth Banks, the working-class girl from St. Louis who becomes a major Hollywood diva: Nora Minton Niles, the dreamy, childlike teenage actress controlled by her ambitious mother; Hanako Minatoya, the elegant actress and playwright who serves as Jun's inspiration and foil; and Ashley Bennett Tyler, the British director whose guiding hand turns Jun into a star. But what Jun ultimately discovers is fare more complex and personal than even he could have imagined.
The novel alternates between the 1960s and the height of the silent film era. It is also the story of a man caught between worlds: Jun must try to please both his Japanese and American fans, and while he is adored by moviegoers - especially women - he's despised by public officials, who see him as a threat to American power and racial purity.
The Age of Dreaming explores the history of Los Angeles, the heady beginnings of the movie industry, and the interplay of race and celebrity. It is part historical novel, part murder mystery, and part unrequited love story - all told through the voice of a forgotten star who must gradually come to terms with his past.

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& Taylor

Jun Nakayama, a Japanese silent film star now living in obscurity, revisits his past out of fear that an article and a potential upcoming movie role might create a misunderstanding about his involvement in an unsolved murder.

Publisher: New York : Akashic ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2008
ISBN: 9781933354460
1933354461
Branch Call Number: FICTION REVOYR
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 21 cm

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Sep 24, 2011

Well written but way too slow moving. I read to chapter 11 ( sometimes skimming) and quit.

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