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Pictures in My Head Hardcover – September, 1995

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The bestselling author of "Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life" returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human. Hardcover | Kindle book
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Byrne is internationally known for his acting in numerous films, such as Into the West and Miller's Crossing, and for being the producer of the Oscar-nominated In the Name of the Father. Now he will be known as a writer of memoirs as well. His book begins as the story of his boyhood in 1950s Dublin, with vivid descriptions of his home, the pubs, and the streets, as well as of his stint as a novice at a seminary in Wales. He also writes of his first love, his beginnings as an actor in Dublin's vibrant theater scene, and the birth of his two children. In each chapter, Byrne's voice comes across like the voiceover in a film. His descriptions of Hollywood, of a big-budget production in Eastern Europe, and of his return to Ireland for a break are particularly engaging. Byrne has many stories to tell, and his readers will hope for more in the near future. This absorbing autobiography is recommended for both public and academic libraries. Lisa N. Johnston, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., VA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Pub; First ~1st P edition edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570980462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570980466
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,606,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
An amazing work. Clear and simple, pulls no punches and yet holds back nothing. The good and the bleak, the beauty of Ireland's people and their amazing will to thrive. If you buy this book, get the hardback copy- you'll turn back to it again and again. The darling Irish boy, who lives in the man that wrote this book will make your soul bleed and sing.
Mr. Byrne's words to his daughter should be read by every woman who doubts the depth of a man's heart. He is a profoundly intelligent and beautiful soul.
You will laugh out loud, you will cry and mostly you will wonder at the life and the spirit of this Irish man.
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By A Customer on April 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I get the impression that Mr. Byrne is superbly sensitive to his surroundings and absorbs everything. I envy his photographic memory and ability to live completely in the moment. :o) This is the perfect book to curl up with under your favorite green soft blanket.
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Format: Paperback
So you like Gabriel Byrne do you? Well this book will make you like him even more! In the begining it takes you to when Gabriel Byrne's mom and brother are getting ready to come home from the hospital. Gabriel's uncle often adds comical relief to many situations in the book. My favorite part of the book was when Gabriel talked about a nun that hit him with a ruler, I found what Gabriel kept saying to be extremly funny. Anyway this book gives you a perspective on one of hollywoods hottest stars from a different point of view. If you're looking for a laugh or just a great book, "Pictures in my head," is it.
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By A Customer on November 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I must say this book really surprised me! I got it as a Christmas present last year, and I never expected it, because I had only been a Gabriel Byrne friend for about three months or so, but after I had read it, I felt I knew Gabriel personally. I have never met him, but I am longing to see him. The book is very well written, so I wonder why he doesn't write more. Probably because he doesn't have time... I'm awaiting his new film or book. Whatever it is, I'll buy it. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed. If you're a Byrne fan, it's a must! If you're not, after reading the book, you will be!
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Format: Paperback
Remember that neat Irish cousin who always told those great stories? No? I didn't have one either. But reading this book makes me feel like I did. Far from the Peter Pan tell-all favored by the more bloodletting ilk of Hollywood divorcee, Mr. Byrne provides substantive detail as to why his epithet as "The Quiet Man" of the Hollywood Irish is deserved. Neither the nun's rod nor the naughty child is spared as a small Irish town and things Irish in general leap to life. Like other autobiographically rich tropes through letters such as David Niven, John Gielgud & Alec Guinness have done, there's enough detail to warm your cockles but not enough gas to fold your sails. Picture a Clive James diatribe through a lace curtain, with a little Liz Smith thrown in. This work occludes the "why me" self-doubt of stardom, while anticipating the generally assumed greed for acting celebrity Byrne eschews. For once, fans can say thanks that success has not gone to an actor's head, but to his journal.
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Format: Hardcover
Not only do we see into the life of the actor, but we get a glimpse of the fine man behind the characters he has portrayed. As a child seeking himself, as a young man seeking his path and as an adult seeking his place in contemporary life with his (now former) wife and his children, we have the rare opportunity to meet, know and love a fine man. If his future writings live up to the potential shown here, Gabriel Byrne will be one of the best storytellers to come on the scene in many years. I am eagerly looking forward to Gabriel's next venture and will cherish this one. Would that I could have the chance to meet him, not just through this book but in real life!!
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Format: Paperback
I think that Gabriel Byrne did a superb job in writing this book.
He is quite talented as an Actor, but, the Creme de La Creme of being an Author. I admire everything he could account from his childhood in Dublin, Ireland, to how he was treated by his family, his marriage to Ellen Barkin, and to his two children (Jack and Romy), being born.
I don't know if Ellen and Gabriel are still together, but from reading of how Jack was born first, and to Gabriel's daughter, Romy being born three years thereafter. His Prayer to Romy, was simply fantastic! I truly believe he is an excellent father, and I am very proud of him.
If anyone out there has an address for Gabriel, I want to send him the first holy comunion cross, that was stolen from him.
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Format: Paperback
When I first found this book,I already admired Gabriel Byrne as an actor so talented that he truly becomes the characters he plays (a rarity in Hollywood, now or at any time). I was amazed to find that he is equally talented as a writer. But greater than any of this, his honesty, sense of humor and appreciation of the people around him make a rare man, one that it would be a privilege and a joy to know. I hope he plans to write more.
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