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Norman Bray is a legend in his own mind. Stubbornly holding on to the fading light of his career, the aging actor has shirked all responsibility for the past 30 years in the name of "art." But life is finally catching up to him.
With the bank threatening foreclosure and the loss of his role on the cartoon "Tiny Taxi," the 56-year-old braggart is forced to confront his most cherished self-delusions. He may even have to get a real job. Making matters worse, his stepdaughter Amy has been reading her dead mother's journal and wants to know what really happened on the night of Norman's fateful last appearance on the stage.
Based on the popular CBC Radio serialization broadcast on The Roundup and Between the Covers in June 2005 and brilliantly narrated by David LeReaney, Norman Bray in the Performance of his Life is a dark comedy that takes us into the world of a self-involved bullying man, and shows us the endearing, terribly funny person behind the mask.
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For 30 years, actor Norman Bray has renounced all responsibility in the name of Art. But life is catching up to him. With his bank threatening foreclosure and the producers of Tiny Taxi dropping him as their cartoon lead, the 56-year-old braggart is forced to confront his most cherished self-delusions. He may even have to get a real job. Complicating matters further, his stepdaughter, Amy, has been perusing her dead mother's journals and wants to know what really happened on the opening night of Man of La Mancha.
A finalist for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life is a brilliant black comedy about a man on a collision course with himself.About the Author:
Before turning to writing fiction, Trevor Cole was best known as an award-winning magazine journalist. After a stint as a senior writer at the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine, he wrote a satirical column for Canadian Business which became a notorious irritant to many of Canada's prominent business leaders. He is now a regular contributor to Toronto Life and Report on Business Magazine. In 2005, he garnered six National Magazine Award nominations -- more than any other writer in Canada.
Calgary-based actor David LeReaney has been acting, directing and teaching since 1979, and has appeared in over 160 plays at regional theatres across western Canada. In 1993, he received the Best Actor AMPIA Award for his performance in the film The Life History of the African Elephant, and in 2000 he was honoured with the Harry and Martha Cohen Award for his contribution to Calgary theatre. His film credits include Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jake and the Kid, After the Harvest (with Sam Shepherd) and Ratrace (with John Cleese).
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Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11077102262X
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 2004. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Fine copy, in a fine dust jacket, protected by removable mylar cover. Perfect Condition. First Edition, first printing. Signed by the Author on the title page. Signature only. A dark funny, sharply observed debut novel about a man, an out-of-work actor, whose life has caught up with him--and he has only himself to blame. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 003382