This is a short, fun read. Because of my own background in the theatre business as a stage performer, this story was interesting. There was an air of the old fashioned in the narration, loosely reminding me of Arthur & George by Julian Barnes. Reason being that the tale is about two people (actors) and their own personal career paths, which differ.
Like Mr. Whitehead's other short story "Home for the Weekend", this tale could also be delved into further and extended. I should think that lots of readers would be interested in the life and journey of an actor, whether failed or famous – it matters not.
Although it has plenty of humour, this tale is also a poignant one.
A What If story, with themes about Providence, Consequence, Fame, loss of Fame and missed opportunities. It shows that the choices we make affects everything and more importantly, everyone around us. It is classically shaped in three chapters: Beginning, Middle and End and to good effect.
Having enjoyed Duncan Whitehead's longer pieces, The Reluctant Jesus for example, you kind of know what to expect. Good quality writing, quirky characters with dark humour throughout. An Actor's Life is about two British actors, one at the Oscars hoping to score a double triumph and the other stuck in his dingy London flat. It reminds me of a film I once saw starring Peter O'Toole, an acclaimed actor who's assassinated and then spends his time with his assassin in a hotel in heaven. Can't for the life of me remember the title. I digress, this is another splendid story with a surprising twist at the end and, being a short story, perfect for a lunchtime read. 5 stars!
Elias Zapple, author of Elias Zapple's Rhymes from the Cabbage Patch (Zany, Funny, Illustrated Poems For Ages 9+ Book 1)
An Actor's Life - A Short Story by Duncan Whitehead is another great read by this author! I have read The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it so I decided to get another book by Duncan Whitehead. All I can say is I will continue to buy and read books by this author! The characters are always a breath of fresh air and humorous and very creative. Great story-lines keeps this reader coming back for more books by this talented author! 5 witty stars!
Well written, witty, compelling and highly enjoyable, but isn’t that what we have come to expect from accomplished writer Duncan Whitehead. This short short story is “Jewel” and shows how the decisions we make, can have an amazing impact on our lives.
I won’t go into more as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but honestly, this is a read you should not miss.
I cannot wait to read the author's next book! 5 Stars
Short stories are the hardest form to master -- and Duncan Whitehead demonstrates his mastery in "An Actor's Life - A Short Story. Filled with wit, irony, and an abiding sense of character, if you love movies, the stage, or reading you'll love this story, and come back for more of whitehead's work. I'd never read whitehead before and can't imagine how I missed his sophisticated voice. Highly recommended.
Brilliant, as always, Duncan Whitehead does not disappoint. A captivating short story that will leave you scrambling for his bestseller, THE GORDONSTON LADIES DOG WALKING CLUB. This gifted author will make you laugh as well as make you sad, and at the same time present the ins and outs of the television world. Very well done!
* I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review
A gem of a short story with the compelling theme of choices and how the decisions we make have such a massive impact on the way our lives play out. Hollywood is a good setting and I enjoyed the characterizations of the two actors, whose contrasting lives the story riffs off for dramatic effect. Interesting and well written. Definitely worth the bargain price and two hours of your time.