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by Robert Stone

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Robert Stone
Penguin; New Ed edition (1987)
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Children of Light is the fourth published novel by U. S. writer Robert Stone. It was published in 1986.

Children of Light is the fourth published novel by U. In the front matter of the published version of the novel, Stone acknowledges that during the writing of this novel he received assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts and a residency at the Villa Serbelloni.

ROBERT STONE CHILDREN of LIGHT Robert Stone’s first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, won a William Faulkner Foundation Award. Dog Soldiers received a National Book Award, and A Flag for Sunrise won. Robert Stone’s first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, won a William Faulkner Foundation Award. Dog Soldiers received a National Book Award, and A Flag for Sunrise won both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Children Of Light book. Abandoned by his wife, Gordon needs something more - love  . With this book he drags those obsessions to a movie set in Mexico where most of the people are trying to live a dream life.

Richly literate, moves the reader beyond despair, to something approaching transcendence, and confirms Robert Stone as one of America's finest writers.

Robert Stone's first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, won a William Faulkner Foundation Award. Dog Soldiers received a National Book Award, and A Flag for Sunrise won both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award

Robert Stone's first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, won a William Faulkner Foundation Award. His other honors include a Guggenheim fellowship, an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the John Dos Passos Prize for literature, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Both A Hall of Mirrors and Dog Soldiers were made into major motion pictures.

They had watched Bruce Dern in Coming Home, Joan Crawford in Humoresque, James Mason in the second A Star Is Born and Lee Verger in The Awakening. ized screen before them. March stood clad in his bathrobe in the character of Norman Mayne. Hey, he called to Janet Gaynor. Mind if I take just one more look?. Old Drogue picked up the remote-control panel and stopped the frame. His eyes were filled with tears. Listen to me, he told the others, this guy was the greatest screen actor of all time. That line-the emotion under.

Gordon Walker, screenwriter and actor, has systematically ruined his family and his health with cocaine and alcohol. Lee Verger is an actress of uncommon and unfulfilled promise, whom Gordon has known since the days when they were both young and fearless, and whose New Orleans childhood has left her with a tenuous hold on sanity.

Michael Morgan (5/3/2015 9:16:00 AM). Brilliant, convincing handling of pentameter.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. Octavo, original half purple cloth, original dust jacket. whose Hall of Mirrors won the Faulkner Award for a first novel in 1967 and Dog Soldiers a National Book Award in 1975, has been critically compared to Conrad, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hammett and Raymond Chandler. In Children of Light, his fourth novel, Stone focuses on Hollywood in a novel rich with Shakespearean undercurrents: "a fine, complex, often funny tale, full of lights and shadows, with great dialogue and a sharp sense of character and place" (New York Times). Stone is an amazingly deft novelist.

304pages. 19x13x2cm. Broché.
  • The darkest most destructive love story I have ever read. Also a painfully lucid depiction of the filmmaking process. Should be made into a film.

  • So-so.

  • I couldn't get into this book. A friend had recommended this author, so I ordered this book. I had a hard time getting passed the first chapters, so I finally gave up.

  • The last fifteen or so pages of this fine novel dissapointed me to such a degree that I had to sit back and analyse why. One reason is that the ending is simply trite compared to the rest of the book in my opinion. Another is that it may not have been able to end in a way that would have pleased me no matter how it ended. But yet another, and perhaps the most important: I was enjoying it, and ending the book meant that the journey I also took with the characters came to an end, like a good party. This book rates three and a half stars for me, but closer to a full four than three.
    I found this book by chance at a discount book store in the mid west and truly enjoyed it for one overarching reason: few times have I read a book by an author who made one profound gift so palpable in his creation of despair driven characters. And that gift of craft is simple: Robert Stone has a beautiful way of displaying, without judgement, the near transcendental lucidity that exists in madness. At so many times you knew exactly what his characters were going to do, but you knew it the same way you knew the plot of THE GODFATHER before you popped it in the VCR for the upteenth time. It was the dance of his characters in the context of their love affair with everything damaging within the world and themselves; their multi-layered wheel-within-a-wheel dance of insanity on top of artistry on top of genius on top of lonliness on top of despair, on top of anger, on top of rage, on top of beauty, on top of addiction, and codependency, on top of modern and Hollywood society, on top of true love, ON TOP OF INSANITY... At its lowest moments, the book is a soap opera with an ending seemingly designed to be followed by commercials. At its highest moments however, the book is a spellbinding maze that I would gladly walk through again, as knowing where it begins and where it ends has no bearing on the journey on which it takes you in between.
    Defintiely a good weekend summer read.

  • 'Children of light' is not Stone's most famous book, but it is my favorite,by far. It doesn't have the breadth of 'A Flag for Sunrise', or the ambition of 'Outerbridge Reach' or the commerciality of 'Dog Soldiers'. And, good. Because, freed of the burdons of those scopes, 'Children of Light' is focused, detailed, funny, shocking, right-on-thr-money, and unforgettable.

    You figure, Stone's got his themes. Every one of his novels ends in a hallucinitory, tripped-out sequence (and this novel has the best one yet). Each of his books has a main character on dope and booze (none better crafted than these two) Gordon is Reinhardt in the 80's. Even 'Bear & His Daughter' has them: every single story. But never are the meanings and lessons of these themes more eloquently communicated.

    Each of Stone's books is getting progressivle more realistic. I don't love his first two, for their surreality (I still don't quite see what happens at the end of 'A Hall of Mirrors'). And 'Outerbridge Reach' is so real you can't believe its the same author.
    This is a great middle-passage, with realistic plot and people, but surreal hallucination/madness scenes. The writing/plot os Fitzgeraldian, the dialogue ripples and sparkles, and the romance is amazingly renedered, and very moving.

    I'll quit here, but just in case you're reading this one day Robert, these are my favorite Stone creations: Strickland, Pablo, and this whole book. You keep us waiting 6 years between books. Man, I hope your next one is this good.

  • This novel is my favorite of all of Stone's disturbing and powerful works (I haven't read "Outerbridge Reach" yet). It's so beautifully and evocatively written that I somehow find the roll of the prose soothing and pleasurable, despite the all but unbearable sadness and desperation of the characters. I still, after several rereadings, find myself puzzled and disturbed that these characters can't get their acts together, act so selfishly, have so little self-control and respect for one another--just like people in real life, unfortunately. (Certainly in Stone's view, and I suppose also in mine). Drugs, booze, insanity, and cruelty abound, and are not punished. As the unforgettable conclusion reveals, there is ultimately no justice for these characters--they either survive or they don't. This is Stone's harshly beautiful world at its best, in my opinion.

  • A failing actress slides into insanity on a Mexican movie set, the coke addled screenwriter arrives to lend assistance. The director, directors father, actress understudy, PR man, Mexican writer, all clearly 2 dimensional stock characters . This book is poor by every specification; characters drawn with such wide strokes that they are cartoons, speaking in running clichés. Characters from the movie "Against all Odds", setting from the movie "10". Throw in some errant Shakespearian quotations and a reference to an old Ernest Borgnine movie and you have what critics call "richly literate". By page 140 you are convinced that the book is a common stinker; but maybe Stone can pull it off in the last third.
    Don't waste your time. Its a failure in all aspects.

    Don't put this book on the shelf, put it under your dog dish.
    P.S. typo on page 207.