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A Company of Three [PDF / Epub] ☆ A Company of Three By Varley OConnor – Thomashillier.co.uk When Robert Patrick and Irene met in New York they were all determined to become actors and it felt as if the city indeed the world could be their oyster Robert was the good looking ambitious one Patr When Robert Patrick and Irene met in New York they were all determined to become actors and it felt as if the city indeed the world could be their oyster Robert was the good looking ambitious one Patrick was tall ungainly but naturally dramatic And Irene a former rodeo star out of Kansas was the beautiful ingenue They were young talented and passionate and they soon became inseparable But as it happens their careers don't take A Company Epub / off together Patrick becomes too embroiled in dangerous love affairs to stay the course Irene sizing up the competition decides to try and sleep her way to the top And Robert finds himself suddenly becoming a soap opera star As their lives change course their friendships are tested and the casualties start to mount Patrick's career Irene's loyalty Robert's heart Set against the backdrop of New York City in the late s A Company of Three takes us inside the complex sometimes brutal world of actors and the heart rending choices that threaten to undo them And with echoes of A Home at the End of the World Varley O'Connor examines the true value of friendship love and the most unlikely forms of family.

  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • A Company of Three
  • Varley OConnor
  • English
  • 10 March 2016
  • 9781565123731

About the Author: Varley OConnor

Varley O’Connor’s first novel Like China described by the New York Times as “a first novel that soars” was published by William Morrow in Her second novel A Company of Three about the world of theater and acting came out from Algonuin Books in Her third novel The Cure was published by the Bellevue Literary Press in Scribner will release her most recent novel The Master'.



9 thoughts on “A Company of Three

  1. Stefanie Stefanie says:

    As Michael Chabon says on the cover this is an old fashioned novel It is slow it is deep it invites you to notice nuances in characters that you would never notice in people It's lovely But it is not very compelling as there is no driving force yes all three characters want to become actors but that's not enough to move the story forward It's the kind of book you pick up and put down a lot because it's hard to stay inside But O'Connor is a brilliant writer and a brilliant professor and I still adore her so I can't bring myself to give this a rating But I would say go read her Master's Muse instead

  2. James Winter James Winter says:

    I can remember taking a workshop with Varley years ago and uestion of world building came up especially in first chapters The writer doesn't want to necessarily become an exposition machine in order to feel authentic or establish the world of the novel itself Instead the world should be built through characterization and in this novel Varley's second she succeeds wonderfully in fleshing out late 1970s NYC through the eyes of struggling actors Although we get far of a sense of this struggle through Robert and Irene rather than Patrick their self destructive gay friend each character possesses hiddenness and openness with the reader much like what we'd see onstage That are they also hiding and revealing bits of themselves throughout their relationships is what sets in motion perpetual cycles of attraction betrayal disappointment and reconciliation Robert and Irene's on again off again relationship drives the narrative but what most interested me was their inner lives Robert's with his pretty well to do parents and Irene with her poor Kansas farmer father The real interest however is the world itself the theater scene and how one actor's work and the success he finds is both liberating and alienating for his friends as he moves from NYC to LA and as he sells out a bit of his bohemian convictions for better opportunities at TV soap and film stardom

  3. Rachel Rachel says:

    Good especially after exposition

  4. Jen Jen says:

    The blurb on the cover of the book from Michael Chabon is the best thing I could say about this An old fashioned novelelegantly wrought hard headed and tenderhearted about the world of actors and theater And I completely agree with that it is an old fashioned novel in the best way possible It's reminiscent to me of Fitzgerald I thought I might be annoyed by the fact that it very much is all about acting and the theater having worked closely with actors in college I have a preconceived notion of them as an entirely different species interesting and bizarre and flighty and really really hard to actually like in person in the long term However I really got involved with the characters and their convoluted relationships It's really a story about two characters trying to figure out whether or not they're in love and how their mutual self destructive gay best friend fits into their life It was a great read highly recommended

  5. Tori Tori says:

    I graduated with a degree in theater and was fascinated by this story of three friends struggling to make it in theater in New York's Hells Kitchen and keep their friendships together Big personalities mix with big dreams and often big egos masking bigger secrets Very enjoyable not always very deep fairly moving Made me want to act again

  6. Jenny Jenny says:

    A nice light but intelligent read Passages of beautiful bordering on flowery writing interrupted by contrived but page turner y plot points I found the most tedious passages to be about the actual plays the characters were putting on Patrick is an annoying character whose self destruction felt too tacked on not authentic The Kansas chapter is the best

  7. Cara Cara says:

    A very good uick read I would recommend it for actorsI'm not sure how anyone else would feel about it It's a great portrait of an earlier pre Giuliani New York Not the most inventive story ever and I felt that some loose ends were not tied up but I read it uickly so obviously it kept me entertained

  8. Helen Helen says:

    Honestly I wish I read this book before Master's Muse I would have liked it then A little bit too long too complicated too much In Master's Muse O'Connor is able to do with less

  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Three friends try to make it in the acting world of the United States both on stage and behind the camera

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