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ISBN: 0006371086
Author: Alec Guinness
Language: English
Publisher: Fontana; First Edition edition (1986)
Pages: 336
Category: Performing Arts
Subcategory: Art
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 186
Size Fb2: 1150 kb
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Blessings in Disguise, which was originally published in 1986, is Sir Alec¹s autobiography. Others mention that Guinness's style in this book is discursive, and roams freely over time just as a conversation would.

Blessings in Disguise, which was originally published in 1986, is Sir Alec¹s autobiography. It is a profoundly rich, subtly delineated series of sketches of self and others (among the latter, internationally famous British actors such as Gielgud and Richardson). With an Introduction by Piers Paul Read.

Others mention that Guinness's style in this book is discursive, and roams freely over time just as a conversation would.

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Blessings in Disguise book. My major criticism of Blessings in Disguise as a memoir of Alec Guinness is that it concentrates on his stage acting to the almost total exclusion of his film roles. Given that vastly more people have seen just one of the films in which he appeared (Star Wars) than will ever have seen him on stage, and given the esteem in which his film acting is held, this is to be regretted.

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Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE (born Alec Guinness de Cuffe; 2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor

Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE (born Alec Guinness de Cuffe; 2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, Guinness was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets; in the latter of these he played nine different characters

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Already a bestseller in England, Guinness's memoir is less autobiography than fond recollections of the many friends ("blessings") he.Sharp imagery and marvelous word portraits make this a charming book of English theatrical lore. Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.

Already a bestseller in England, Guinness's memoir is less autobiography than fond recollections of the many friends ("blessings") he has accumulated in his long theatrical career. In loosely organized chapters, most centered around one of the major influences in his life (. Sybil Thorndike, John Gielgud), Guinness wanders back and forth through time.

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Nten
Years ago, when the book first came out, I reviewed it in the newspaper in glowing terms. As a fan of his, I came to know Guinness far better than I thought. He is gentle, charming, humorous, self-deprecatory and understands his craft inside and out. His ego is present, as it should with all of us, but he doesn't flaunt it, like a star. He doesn't dish dirt the way more recent memoirs by his confreres too often do.He doesn't even get angry or vindictive with Martita Hunt, who playfully boxed both his ears leaving him partially deaf.The memoir begins with a young man who is content not to be a star but a character actor who can stand aside and watch everything else. it was a niche I cut out for my own acting aspirations.
He reflects on his life, from the beginning, and even talks about how his Christianity has informed on his life, without any stridency or polemics. As a non-Christian, I appreciated that -- even more so now.
My occasion to revisit this warmly delightful book after all these years was needing a gift for a young beginning actor of my acquaintance. I felt he really needed to have this in toolkit and so tracked it down in the dusty bins of used books, since it's been out of print for years. maybe if enough people show an interest, some publisher might reissue it.
Varshav
I'm a bit of a heretic. I'm a bigger fan of Sir Alec's pre-Star Wars oeuvre. This only means that he has contributed a lot to the world through his work, and he is someone who speaks with a singular and readable voice.
Tekasa
Others mention that Guinness's style in this book is discursive, and roams freely over time just as a conversation would. I enjoyed it.
Uaoteowi
Great autobiography by a great star. Three things were a surprise:
1. how gritty life was for him as a child and as an aspiring actor;
2. his search for the identity of his faher
3. his spiritual search and where it ended.
Nikobar
Very well written book about Alec's life and stage career; a fleeting mention of his various film parts with little insight. My favorite Guinnes film, "Last Holiday" is only mentioned in passing. This is disappointing.
Pettalo
Enjoyable autobiography by an actor who was a long time favorite of mine. He comes across as very likable and a modest individual. Fascinating look at some of his circle of well known actor friends, like John Gielgud. He doesn't write very much about his family life, which would have been interesting to me.
Stick
As a fan of Alec Guinness, it gave me additional insight to this great actor's life. It made me want to learn more and more about him, read books on him and see his movies again A great actor.
Fun to read and a very frank picture of a strong-minded, extraordinarily talented person. I'm enjoyed reading this and MY NAME ESCAPES ME; excellent choices!!! Geraldine E. Thorsten

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