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Acqua calda (edition 2005)

by Keith McDermott

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Title:Acqua calda
Authors:Keith McDermott
Info:New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2005.
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This is a quiet and unassuming book, but for a first novel, it is also absolutely on target in every moment it attempts. McDermott's illustration and summing up of what goes into creating theater is both humorous and absolutely believable (this coming from a long-standing stage hand and sometimes actress), and nothing short of masterful by the end. Similarly, his characters build toward personalities that bring on humor and derision just as much as compassion. Simply, this is a book about re-finding life when one believes that it is already too far gone. And, as such, it is well worth the time. ( )
  whitewavedarling | May 25, 2012 |
Gerald has been preparing to die. During the last of his three hospital stays, draws up a will, assigned a health care proxy, and arranged his own cremation. He has thrown out hundreds of photos accrued over his twenty-five years as an actor, boxes of gay porn, all his journals, and acquired a hefty collection of barbiturates for when things got too "icky." Then, from out of nowhere, Gerald's health is revived by the new miracle drugs. His AIDS-related death is put on hold, while, at the same moment, William Weiss reenters his life. A brilliant director and his old boss, Weiss invites Gerald to perform in a play at the Palazzo d'Arte in Sicily. From the first rehearsal, Weiss nurtures the chaos in which he is most at home. Only a few close associates on the play are even aware that Gerald had been so close to dying, a secret he keeps guarded from his fellow actors. Sicily, the Italians, an unexpected romance, and his love of the theater reconnect Gerald with lost joy. Even as his health fails, he finds himself transformed by the ecstasy of everyday life. ( )
  bosco | Jan 5, 2006 |
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Gerald has been preparing to die. During the last of his three hospital stays, he has drawn up a last will and testament, a living will, assigned a health care proxy, and arranged his own cremation. He has thrown out hundreds of photos accrued over his twenty-five years as an actor, boxes of gay porn, all his journals, and acquired a hefty collection of barbiturates for when things got too "icky." Then, from out of nowhere, Gerald’s health is revived by the new miracle drugs. His AIDS-related death is put on hold, while, at the same moment, William Weiss reenters his life. A brilliant director and his old boss, Weiss invites Gerald to perform in a play at the Palazzo d’Arte in Sicily. From the first rehearsal, Weiss nurtures the chaos in which he is most at home. Only a few close associates on the play are even aware that Gerald had been so close to dying, a secret he keeps guarded from his fellow actors. Sicily, the Italians, an unexpected romance, and his love of the theater reconnect Gerald with lost joy. Even as his health fails, he finds himself transformed by the ecstasy of everyday life.

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"For years Gerald lived for his twin passions, acting and sex. And as a handsome young actor, he found plenty of opportunities to perform in both arenas. But that was many years ago, long before the AIDS epidemic hit the theater world especially hard - and gay circles even harder." "No longer young or in demand as either a performer or a lover, Gerald is waiting to die. He has drawn up a last will and testament, a living will, assigned a health care proxy, and arranged his own cremation. He has thrown out hundreds of eight-by-ten photos accrued over his twenty-five years as an actor, boxes of gay porn, all his journals, and acquired a hefty collection of barbiturates for when things got too "icky." Just when it appears things could get no "ickier," William Weiss calls and Gerald's life is resurrected." "A brilliant and eccentric avant-garde director, Weiss invites Gerald to perform in a play in Sicily. As a founding member of Weiss's first company, the School for Life, Gerald is all too aware of the director's cult-like hold over actors, but unable to resist a final bow in a foreign land, he accepts. Early signs bode ill for Gerald's trip. From the first rehearsal, Weiss nurtures the chaos in which he is most at home. Furthermore, Gerald's health remains precarious as he begins to suffer fevered hallucinations. But as opening night approaches, the play, under the director's singular vision, begins to take shape. For Gerald, Sicily, the Italians, an unexpected encounter in a warm sulfuric stream and his love of the theater reconnect him with lost joy. His spirits soar and he finds himself transformed by the ecstasy of everyday life."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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