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Empire of Light by [Earls, Gregory]
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Length: 327 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1115 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Simon & Fig (September 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PHGER6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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By Sam on November 6, 2011
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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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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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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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I purchased Gregory Earl's "Empire of Light" mostly because I was curious about his take on a film student's life. However, I was not prepared to be blown away like I was. Sure, I loved his film student stories since it brought me back to my days of film school. But this book has so much more to offer. First off, it's wicked funny, and sharp and biting. But second, it has a magical element to it that I was completely unprepared for. And without giving anything away, it all tied together in the end that leaves you just thinking.... wow. Frickin' great job! I'll read anything this dude has coming up next, and you should too!
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