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Albert Nobbs: A Novella Paperback – December 21, 2011
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About the Author
George Moore was born in Ireland in 1852. At the age of eighteen, following the death of his father, he ran off to Paris to study painting. Immersed in Parisian café society, he mingled with many great artists of the time, but ultimately shifted his ambitions toward writing, struggling to become a poet and playwright. Only after leaving Paris for London did Moore establish himself as a published writer, and in 1894, he found both critical praise and commercial success with his masterwork, the realist novel Esther Waters. He wrote about ten novels in addition to numerous essays and short stories before his death in 1933.
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I became interested in this work when I saw a trailer of the movie starring Glenn Close as 'Albert Nobbs'. It tweaked my interest enough to see if there was a printed version of this work that was first published in 1918. Luckily there was and this review is the result.
The setting is Dublin in Victorian era Great Britain. Albert Nobbs is a successfully employed waiter at a fairly well to do hotel in the city. He has however, a secret... he is a woman. A woman carefully clothed and secluded in living accommodations over the years to conceal her facade.
But a chance encounter causes her to review her life of disguise and starts her thinking of an existance, that to this point, contains only endless days of missing the most basic needs of human companionship... thus the tale of our heroine unfolds for its readers.
This is a short story that is written in terms and the vernaculars of mid-later 19th century England/Ireland, so some terminology will seem quaint and old-fashioned by todays standards. That being said there was a consistent excellence to the prose and a nicely paced development of the story-line.
In addition to a somewhat different but intriguing tale, the Kindle e-version also contains several short cinematic clips (making for the unusually large download) that are playable on your tablet or computer. These include the trailer that I saw at the theater and several other short scenes. Also included are a few photographs of the stars of the movie in costume.
I really liked this book, but in all honesty it was the acting by Glenn Close in the trailers that absolutely won me over...I just had to find out more of the story behind "Albert Nobbs".
As it is...5 Stars.
However, my only problem is not with the book but with the "enhanced" content. This is supposed to be a Kindle edition but the videos would not play on the Kindle Fire device--very disappointing.
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Hot Toasty Rag, June 25, 2017
I bought this novella sight unseen because I had such a great appreciation and emotional reaction to the film.Read more