Pentimento (Free E–pub) Â Lillian Hellman
Maybe 5 stars is a little over the top but I m on a Lillian Hellman bender at the moment I did really love this book I love the style of her writing and the way she speaks You feel like you re sitting in a room with her having a drink and listening to her Turtle made me laugh out loud I m not in any way shape or form into harming turtles you understand it s the conversations between her and Hammett the turtle s shape or form into harming turtles you understand it s the conversations between her and Hammett the turtle s you drink too much in the morning I loved the one about Arthur Cowan maybe because it s impossible to read about him and not remember poor old Billy Ruane who was actually filthy rich but nutty as a fruitcake Of course they differed in that Arthur drove a Rolls and Billy an old aguar Julia was uite good and then I watched it again on Netflix ad uite enjoyed the film and comparing the screen play with the short story Jane Fonda was too pretty maybe and not raspy or rude enough and still she did a pretty good ob Mary McCarthy may have caused herself no end of trouble when she said on Dick Cavett that nothing Lillian Hellman said was true including and and themaybe you have to take this memoir with a grain of salt as to whether things happened or didn t Hellman says than once that she doesn t exactly remember what happened when but reading Pentimento ust for itself I would find it hard not to enjoy her observations on the Theater tales of Tallulah and drunken back and forths with Hammett Let brevity be the soul of this crit pimento in baloney Many times I buy a book based on the first page This is what I found in this book why I read it and why I love it stillOld paint on a canvas as it ages sometimes becomes transparent When that happens it is possible in some pictures to see the original lines a tree will show through a woman s dress a child makes way for a dog a large boat is no longer on an open sea That is called pentimento because the painter repented changed his mind Perhaps it would be as well to say
the old conception replaced a later choice is a way of seeing and then seeing again from the introduction to Lillian Hellman s Pentimento Another set of memoirs from Lillian Hellman Probably another pack of lies and half truths from what I have read and heard in the last few years This is the book the story Julia came from Somewhere along the way I figured out that by comparing this and her previous book of memoirs you could figure out what Julia s real name was or at least who she was in the first book Because when she first wrote the first book she may not haveThat The Old Conception Replaced
known that she was going to write the second book Old paint on canvas asthat she was going to write the second book Old paint on canvas as ages sometimes becomes transparent When that happens it is possible in some pictures to see the original lines a tree will show through a woman s dress a child makes way for a dog a large boat is no longer on an open sea That is called pentimento because the painter repented changed his mind Perhaps it would be as well to say that the old conception replaced by a later choice is a way of seeing and then seeing aga. In this widely praised follow up to her National Book Award winning first volume of memoirs An Unfinished Woman the legendary playwright Lillian Hellma. Guished playwright during the era of Dorothy Parker and Tallulah BankheadEvery time I read it I am transported back in time The concept behind this memoir as hinted by its title is uniue if not an original A pentimento plural pentimenti an alteration in a painting evidenced traces of previous work showing that the artist has changed his or her mind as to the composition during the process of painting The word is Italian for repentance from the verb pentirsi meaning to repent Then the author applied it to her life by writing this memoir of the people she used to know Really used to knowLillian Hellman 1905 1984 was an American author of plays screenplays and memoirs including this one She was a Communist She was the partner of Dashiell Hammett 1894 1961 a popular author of hard boiled detective novels and short stories Hellman was 67 when she finished writing this memoir Her memory was starting to fade and I am not sure if this was the reason why she was not certain of what she was saying in many parts of the book I don t know I believe or possibly but for me that is part of the design to convey honesty As she peels off the old paint as she tries to recall what exactly happened she found herself struggling However she was still clear on some aspects including this usual blunder that memoir writers are normally guilty of p 91Childhood is less clear to me than to many people when it ended it turned my face away from it for no reason that I know about certainly without the usual reason of unhappy memories For many years that worried me but then I discovered that the tales of former children are seldom to be trusted Some people supply too many past victories or pleasures with which to comfort themselves and other people cling to pains real and imagined to excuse what they have becomeLillian Hellman was one hell of a lady Her most famous work was the play The Children s Hour 1934 about two lesbians who are high school teachers who fall in love with each other but are sacked by the school authorities when they discover the affair One of them kills herself out of shame The other is sacked afterwardsThe highlight of the book is her life long friendship Hellman wrote that they did not have sexual intercourse with Julia who was an anti Fascist woman in Russia during World War II This
in the book became the basis of 1977 movie that was nominated for 11 awards in Oscars and brought home three awards If you look closely at the caption of the above movie poster it says The story of two women whose friendship suddenly became a matter of life and death This is true You will hold your breath in that train scene To think that this really happened and not some kind of spy fiction thriller This is a well written memoir Again ust like the or I would not have picked this memoir if this were not included in theThanks again to my brother for suggesting that we read all the books included in the 501 and 1001 book lists My life becomes meaningful having read so many wonderful books. Lude Hellman's recollection of a lifelong friendship that began in childhood reminiscences that formed the basis of the Academy Award winning film Juli. InThis book consists of several long sketches from the author s past The pieces are informal She is scrupulously honest in only recording what she is certain she remembers This means big areas are not discussed You can see this tendency in the opening lines of the book above sometimes it is possible in some pictures She is very careful She is not an easy person to understand Her point of view is not simple is very careful She is not an easy person to understand Her point of view is not simple she does not represent herself as being consistent over time The time period covered is before WWII although is some from her childhood as well I wanted I wanted to know about her life and her point of view She is amazingly honest in her observationsHere is another bit that really grabbed me She has had a surprising conversation with a man she thought of as a friend I had not slept much that night waking up to read and to think about Arthur I was what he wanted to want did not want could not ever want and that must have put an end to an old dream about the kind of life that he would never have because he didn t really want it We have all done that about somebody or place or work and it s a sad day when you find out that it s not accident or time or fortune but yourself that kept things from you This was a re read I knew I liked the book but couldn t remember much about it except that Dashiell Hammett had been persecuted by Joe McCarthy Now I know why I liked it It s a gem It presents numerous people from Hellman s life well drawn but with details missing as they would be in normalchapter in the book became the basis of
life we never know everything about another person Hellman d Old paint on canvas aswe never know everything about another person Hellman d Old paint on canvas as ages sometimes becomes transparent When that happens it is possible in some pictures to see the original lines a tree will show through a woman s dress a child manes way for a dog a large boat is no longer on an open sea That is called pentimento because the painter repented changed his mi I loved this book Every single page of it It s not about Hellman s great successes and failures her great loves or her true heart breaks It is about people that touched her life at times when she for whatever reason too young too busy too worried too heartbroken too drunk could not figure them out Which is to say she didn t understand at the time of the relationship what motivated these people to do what they did or how they did what they did or why Mixed in with actual people is also her relationship with the theater which was indeed as fickle a lover for Hellman as Hammett ever was The book is so lovely because she merely describes what she saw at the time she saw it without saying Now that I have lived I understand why She simply lets the stories float on the page as they float in and out of her own memory throughout her life The stuff of history she is best known for The Children s Hour as well as her love of Hammett and her ruin at the hands of the McCarthy he I have a 40 year old copy of this book in paperback My Mother gave it to me Lillian Hellman writes vividly of her life and times She was a distin. N looks back at some of the people who wittingly or unwittingly exerted profound influence on her development as a woman and a writer The portraits inc. .