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Green Shadows, White Whale: A Novel of Ray Bradbury's Adventures Making Moby Dick with John Huston in Ireland Paperback – October 1, 2002
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The title of this lighthearted, beguiling autobiographical novel is a play on Peter Viertel's White Hunter, Black Heart , which, like this book, dealt with the legendary director John Huston. This is Bradbury's comic account of his trip to Ireland to write the screenplay for Huston's adaptation of Moby-Dick . The movie itself is merely a background constant that anchors this series of vivid, ear-tingling vignettes and anecdotes. Bradbury describes his awed dealings with the erratic, eccentric and impulsive director, and his delight upon being accepted among the regulars at an atmospheric pub called Heeber Finn's. It's a great place to hoist a wee drop and listen to stories told in the best Irish brogue. Finn himself imaginatively tells of the time when George Bernard Shaw supposedly dropped into his establishment. Then there's the community's encounter with a "willowy" (read: gay) stranger and his crew of ballet dancers, a man who--to everyone's surprise-- proves to be no mean raconteur. Bradbury's prose is as vibrant and distinctive as the landscape in which these delightful tales are set. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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From Kirkus Reviews
Bradbury goes mainstream with a hymn to Ireland and alcohol, focusing on writing a screenplay with John Huston for the director's film Moby Dick. Set in Dublin and the Irish countryside where legendary director Huston has settled in as a squire, the story and the Irish gift for gab allow Bradbury's love of metaphor to find a basis he's never known before. With all of the silver-tongued folk speaking inspiredly in the normal tenor of their stout-and whiskey-fueled conversation, Bradbury spouts eloquence as naturally and exuberantly as John Millington Synge--and fine talk it is you'll be hearing. Young Bradbury arrives at the Huston estate in awe of Huston and instantly finds himself in company with a laughing ogre given to whiskey pranks and the famed man's false bonhomie. The episodic plot circles about a wedding that Huston decides to throw for a longtime friend, less about the actual scriptwriting and difficulties met in harnessing the White Whale to the needs of Hollywood. Other eddies include the (fictitious) arrival of teetotaler George Bernard Shaw at Heeber Finn's pub, during which the old renegade outtalks even the most inspired of the whiskey- laced barfolk; the pub's reaction to a visiting team of gay ballet dancers, which turns wittily on Finn's recognition that the Irish male is closer in nature to these gays than one would suspect; and on Huston's savaging of Bradbury's self-esteem. It rains twelve days out of ten in Ireland, we discover: ``I stood looking at the gray-stone streets and the gray-stone clouds, watching the frozen people trudge by exhaling gray funeral plumes from their wintry mouths, dressed in their smoke-colored suits and soot-black coats, and I felt the white grow in my hair.'' Despite the apt but sad romanticizing of alcohol, and an unfortunate title echo of Peter Viertel's novel White Hunter, Black Heart (about Viertel's scripting The African Queen with Huston), Bradbury's triumph. He has never written better. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
In 1953 Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) resided in Ireland at the request of film director John Huston. His task was to write the screenplay for the movie Moby Dick.
In 1992 the novel "Green Shadows, White Whale" was published. Bradbury incorporated 11 Irish stories that integrated his experiences writing the screenplay and dealing with the towering ego on John Huston.
I found this book very entertaining and full of Irish wit and humor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a Ray Bradbury fan. I was so happy to find this book about his experiences in Ireland. I loaned it to an Irish friend who enjoyed it as well. The dialogue is priceless.Published 21 months ago by Mary Beth Dodson
Ray Bradbury wrote this incredible book of short stories as he wrote the screen play for John Huston's "Moby Dick in 1950. Read morePublished on September 27, 2014 by lane westbrook
Bradbury's experiences as the screen writer for the movie "Moby Dick" are chronicled in this little gem. The episodes with Huston alone make this novel something special. Read morePublished on July 26, 2014 by Paul B
Starts off a little hokey, with a strong blarney flavor. Soon, however, Bradbury finds his groove. The writing is first rate, of course. Well worth a read.Published on September 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
WORKING WITH AN ICONIC, OUTRAGEOUS, LARGER-THAN-LIFE DIRECTOR/ACTOR JOHN HOUSTON RESULTED IN A TRUE AND INTERESTING STORY BY RAY BRADBURY - ICONIC IN HIS OWN RIGHT.Published on March 17, 2013 by Paula Crandall
I had just finished "Moby Dick" its own self, and thought, what to read next?
Well, this came to hand. Read more