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Sunnyside

A Novel

by Glen David Gold

Sunnyside
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  • First Published:
    May 2009, 576 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2010, 704 pages

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Derek Brown

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Charlie Chaplin & Sunnyside
Not a whole lot is said about silent films these days. The Age of the Silver Screen seems to be as antiquated as the subject matter of many of its films: the original Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments, Intolerance, and Birth of a Nation to name a few. The reputed masters of the form could be counted on one hand, and actors and actresses seemed to be re-cast over and over from film to film. But as with any fledgling art form there were great advances and boundless creativity, much of which set the stage for today's blockbusters. One such innovator was Charles Spencer Chaplin Jr.

Charlie Chaplin was an artist whose perfectionism and eccentricities have left us artifacts of the form that are nothing less than works of genius. Glen David Gold's attempt to recreate this larger-than-life figure on the page seemed to me an ambitious undertaking to say the least. To be fair, Gold depicts the artist as a person, replete with all the conflicts and joys that ...

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