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Empire of Light [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Earls
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Book Description

Jason Tisse is in over his head. As a young black cinematography student at LA’s notoriously tough American Film Institute, he’s got the vision, but not the balls to battle the ruthlessness that is Hollywood. After a failed year at AFI, which includes nearly electrocuting a fellow classmate, Jason embarks on a trip to Europe to hunt down the works of his favorite painter. Armed with an enchanted camera gifted to him by an eccentric film professor, Jason is prepared to master the art of light and shadow as depicted in the infamous baroque artwork of the original Emperor of Light known to the rest of the world as Caravaggio.

What Jason doesn’t expect, however, is that the innocent-looking Kodak Brownie camera he’s been given holds remarkable powers, capable of miraculously bringing his idol’s artwork alive with each snapshot. Caravaggio’s work, packed full of sex, religion, violence and some outrageous hilarity, explodes to life and sends Jason spiraling from one escapade to the next. Spanning the bright lights of Paris, the grand churches of Rome and the cutthroat alleys of Naples, Jason must overcome his inhibitions—even at the risk of life and limb—if he is to one day rule his own Empire of Light.

Product Details

  • File Size: 874 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615503195
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Simon & Fig (September 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PHGER6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the light shine on fantastic reading November 9, 2012
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Now, let's disclose about myself, shall we? I pick this book up through this website that would announce which really good books are up for available, thus beefing up my Kindle with even more ludicrous amount of the ebooks. I'm voracious reader whose primarily stick with fantasy and science fiction genres. I'm big fan of the films, especially Asian cinema. I'm currently passionate fan of anime and manga.

Now, we have that out of the way so let's talk about how I feel about this book.

As a former student of film school, I can really relate to the main character strongly, especially how he deals with his professors and classmates. There were numerous situation in the book that really mirrored my real life experiences so it makes very entertaining and fascinating reading. It's interesting to see how the main character operate in that realm but also he has to deal with his parents, whose are trying to be patient with him.

When the main character travel to Italy, the book got even more better because of how he interacts with the Italians. Honestly, there were several moments where I couldn't stop laughing out loud because of misunderstanding and trippy experiences that the main character went through. I really enjoy Naples section, which really enhanced this book big time. I really like how he's having film discussion with very dangerous person, which is really bizarre but I find it so enjoyable.

I think that this book has to be among the few that are very memorable books I've ever read ever since I bought my Kindle, which really says something. Give or take, I have read insane amount and this book has made its huge impression on me.

Of course, there's typos throughout the book but that doesn't hinder my enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly imaginative, funny, intelligent! November 4, 2012
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I loved this witty, intelligent, warm-hearted and complex book and I'm really looking forward to the next one. Reading a book is an intimate sharing of mind, emotion and heart with the mind and heart of the author. When starting a book, I always ask myself if I want to 'wash' my consciousness in that particular thought/feeling world. Not only is Empire of Light a fascinating read, it's a world of imagination that left me feeling intrigued, cheerful and very glad I happened upon it. Gregory Earls has not only a unique view of humanity but a kind one as well. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant--the light shines through March 1, 2013
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Empire of Light

As a theater/film/art buff myself, I feel that Mr. Earls opened up a new world for me, giving me insight into the world of light and shadows in a way that I could absorb. The lead character and narrator, Jason Tiss's, self deprecating humor and clumsy manner make him human and lovable. The Brownie camera adds a touch of magic to the scenery and brings the stories in the Caravaggio paintings to life in vivid detail. Meeting Sts. Matthew and Peter and the drowned virgin provides a vital spark to the story and teaches Jason, and us, some life lessons along the way.

I recommend the book to anyone who loves to learn as well as read a good story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Waste of Time November 16, 2012
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I can't believe those great reviews were by people who read the book on their own.

I thought it was a total waste of time and what really galls me is that I tried to read it, put it down, and then picked it up again in an attempt to get through it. Just didn't have the fortitude to get it done.

There's a lot of gratuitous swearing (really not germane to the plot, maybe to show how "hip" the main character is..) and it just struck me as totally contrived. I not only didn't finish it, I deleted it from my library altogether.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empire of Fun November 6, 2011
By Sam
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This is a highly imaginative, highly entertaining piece of work. I particularly enjoyed how Greg Earls managed to take the classic artwork of Caravaggio and weave it into a incredibly modern tale. A visually stunning literary triumph!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome November 9, 2011
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A MUST READ!!!! It was a great adventure through the world of film and art with some magic thrown in. There were lots of laughs, and some surprises that got me hooked from the beginning. It even made me look up Caravaggios work all over again. I enjoyed every word of it and cant wait for the next work from Gregory Earls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Empire of Light October 26, 2012
By S.Adams
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I enjoyed the book very much. I could not put it down and finished in 2 days. I loved they way he set the scenes and harnessed his Cleveland upbringing to contrast the rarefied world of film production and international art travel. He sets the many surprise comedy scenes very very well.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun ride November 1, 2011
The Empire of Light takes you on an awesome ride through the life and lens of Jason Tisse and his magic Kodak Brownie camera. It's a fantastical adventure of life, love and the wonder of light. I was glued to the pages as I traveled with Jason and his bright-ass yellow jacket on his search for Caravaggio paintings and his own voice. This adult tale took me from Cleveland to Naples and taught me a few things about religion, a few more things about Caravaggio and a lot about the light that radiates from within. I can't wait to do my very own Empire of Light Caravaggio tour.
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When Gregory Earls isn't eating at Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, he pays the bills by taking up space at 20th Century Fox in the Feature Post Production Department. He's a proud graduate of Norfolk State University and the American Film Institute, where he studied cinematography. He's an award-winning director who has amassed a reel of short films, music videos, and (yes) a wedding video or two. Steadfastly butchering the Italian language since 2002, he hopes to someday master the language just enough to inform his in-laws how much he loves their daughter, Stefania, who was born and raised in Milan, Italy. Gregory currently resides in Venice, California where he goes giddy every time he spots that dude who roller skates and plays the electric guitar at the same time. During football season, he can be found at the Stovepiper Lounge, a Cleveland Browns bar in the Valley where he roots for the greatest football team in the history of Cleveland.


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