- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Primus / Donald I. Fine, Inc.; UK ed. edition (August 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0850315204
- ISBN-13: 978-0850315202
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,586,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'[Manley Halliday ] is a three-dimensional creation who will haunt the imaginations of all who have the good fortune to be coming for the first time to this remarkable novel.' Anthony Burgess --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Budd Schulberg grew up in Hollywood, his father being one of the founders of the Hollywood film industry. His novels include the legendary What Makes Sammy Run?, On The Waterfront, The Disenchanted, The Harder They Fall, Everything That Moves, two collections of short stories and a memoir. He died in 2009. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Basing a novel around an unlikable character is difficult, and I don't think "The Disenchanted" wholly succeeds. I don't regret reading it and would rate it as a slightly above average novel, but it wouldn't be the first book I read by this author, and I probably won't go back to it as I have some of his other books.
The popularity and fame of a great work is only partly the author's doing. Skill is required, but not sufficient on its own. Forgetting part of success is luck creates the paralyzing expectations of early success. This seems common. Most of us fail to age well.
It is hard not to draw the same conclusion as Shep, the young screen writer assigned to work with Manley on a new screenplay. Great artists are flawed. Inspiring art is part luck. The power politics are unavoidable; being your own man is rare. We hate to admit it, but most of us are whores. Victor Milgrim, the movie producer, represents the bosses whose approval we seek. They aren't great, they are powerful.
The moral of Disenchanted is how ugly surrendering is. Except for a lover and friend, no one really cares. When you are no good to them, they will ignore you. Disenchanted is also a warning of external motivation; seeking fame rather than self actualization.
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