Delayed Rays of a Star

Delayed Rays of a Star A Dazzling Novel Following The Lives Of Three Groundbreaking Women Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, And Leni Riefenstahl Cinema Legends Who Lit Up The Twentieth CenturyAt A Chance Encounter At A Berlin Soir E In 1928, The Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt Captures Three Very Different Women Together In One Frame Up And Coming German Actress Marlene Dietrich, Who Would Wend Her Way Into Hollywood As One Of Its Lasting Icons Anna May Wong, The World S First Chinese American Star, Playing For Bit Parts While Dreaming Of Breaking Away From Her Father S Modest Laundry And Leni Riefenstahl, Whose Work As A Director Would First Make Her Famous Then, Infamous.From This Curious Point Of Intersection, Delayed Rays Of A Star Lets Loose The Trajectories Of These Women S Lives From Weimar Berlin To LA S Chinatown, From A Seaside Resort In East Germany To A Luxury Apartment On The Champs Lys Es, The Different Settings They Inhabit Are As Richly Textured As The Roles They Play Siren, Muse, Predator, Or Lover, Each One A Carefully Calibrated Performance And In The Orbit Of Each Star Live Secondary Players A Chinese Immigrant Housemaid, A German Soldier On Leave From North Africa, A Pompous Hollywood Director Whose Voices And Viewpoints Reveal The Legacy Each Woman Left In Her Own Time, As Well As In Ours Amanda Lee Koe S Playful, Wry Prose Guides The Reader Dexterously Around Murky Questions Of Ego, Persona, Complicity, Desire, And Difference Intimate And Raw, Delayed Rays Of A Star Is A Visceral Depiction Of Womanhood Its Particular Hungers, Its Calculations, And Its Eventual Betrayals And Announces A Bold New Literary Voice.

Ministry of Moral Panic Epigram Books, 2013 , which was also shortlisted for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt s Internationaler Literaturpreis, and the Frankfurt Book Fair s LiBeraturpreis.The working manuscript for her first novel,

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Delayed Rays of a Star
  • Amanda Lee Koe
  • English
  • 18 February 2017
  • 9780385544344

10 thoughts on “Delayed Rays of a Star

  1. says:

    Five stars for the impressive execution of this ambitious, epic novel and for the excellent, beautiful writing But I docked a star based on my personal reading experience it s quite a heavy and dense read, such that sometimes I had trouble getting back into the story after putting it down for a while I also don t really like stories that remove quotation marks from the dialogue because it can get hard to differentiate dialogue from normal narration, and I just don t get the purpose Is it just a fancy and quirky stylistic choice The novel opens in the 1920s, at a party in Berlin where three actresses Anna May Wong, Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl met for the first time and pose for a photograph together Yup, the novel is a historical fiction with real life famous people as its characters There s even the two photographs of the three women taken at the party inserted into the book The reader then follows the three women s lives in the subsequent decades, as they advance their acting and also, for Leni, directing careers against the chaotic rise and fall of the Nazi regime The story is divided into three major segments which are individually split up into three mini segments, each taking turns to focus on one of the women Within each mini segment are a number of chapters that really feel like short stories, bec...

  2. says:

    In 1928, a photograph was taken of Anna May Wong, Marlene Dietrich, and Leni Riefenstahl, at a party at Weimar, Berlin Amanda Lee Koe uses this photograph as the basis for her debut novel Delayed Rays of a Star In the novel we follow the lives of these three women over the course of the 20th century. I have read Dietrich s biography and Riefenstahl s autobiography and never have I read a novel that uses real people so authentically Each character main to minor glows It is a book about sexism, art, racism, and consequences Our smallest actions lead to large outcomes, when we cannot yet know it Amanda Lee Koe is a master storyteller This is her epic Everything became a fantastic joke if ...

  3. says:

    When I first picked up this book I expected a light read it is not I also found this book a bit hard to get into it felt a touch discombobulated at the beginning and I even though I lost a interest before the end I would still recommend it as the subject matter is well tackled and worth reading One of the main characters is a fairly famous German during WWII and she disturbingly depicts the indifference to what was going on in the concentration camps and the evil of the Nazis The book also does a nice job of tackling other meaningful topics there is actually no tough subject left untouched This would be a good book club read as there are so many topics that would solicit good conversation The author has quite an imagination and successfully intermingles and then ties together the main characters of the book As an ...

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    full fledged article review to come for yale s brink review of books

  5. says:

    The scene is Berlin, 1928 Three up and coming movie stars attend a glamorous industry soir e Marlene Dietrich, a silent film actress who will denounce her German citizenship and side with the Allies Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American actress to appear on the silver screen and Leni Riefenstahl, a German actress who will become the first woman director, and later, the director of Nazi propaganda films The photograph taken that night served as the catalyst for this novel Although Delayed Rays of a Star is a work of fiction, its protagonists are real figures from history Author Amanda Lee Koe imagines these women s lives beyond what can be proved as biographical facts, but makes for enticing contemplation This book straddles across 80 years, 4 countries, half a dozen points of view, and the line between fiction and nonfiction To call this novel ambitious is putting it lightly Admittedly, it takes a few chapters for the pacing to gain its bearings The opening chapter establishes the points of view of Marlene, Anna May, and Leni, but it pivots too quickly to an eighty something year old Marlene and a disproportionate perspective of her m...

  6. says:

    At first look, a chance meeting of three strong women with different life experiences, captured in a photograph together may seem to be nothing extraordinary However, this moment was the beginning of an entanglement of challenges, disappointments and enlightenment for Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl The novel, delaying rays of the stars was focused on variety, not just of the women but also in the varying lengths and pacing of its twenty two chapters A historical and biographical fiction, it touched on the inner workings of movie making and the mixing of reality and fantasy Complexity, preconceived expectations and public demands played a major role in each stage of the women s lives There were many elements I liked, the fight for control, the changing relationships and the way each character saw themselves Travelling with the women th...

  7. says:

    Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early July.Oh, I ve been waiting for this one for sure second person narration of Marlene Dietrich, Leni Riefenstahl, and my dear one, my tattoo Anna May Wong with in depth writing that gets to the core of each of the women s inner self to find what they hide and covet from the rest of the world as they age Marlene as unabashedly confrontational, aging ungracefully, and vilified by Germany with her siding with the Allies and the USO in WWII Leni as quite stuck up, directing and acting in mountain movies and Nazi propaganda films to both spread the message of the Reich, but also to stay safely away from the cities below, in the defense of her actions toward the press in her older age, and seeing herself as alternately the victim and the aggressor, demure and bold and Anna May marveling and envying Marlene s open, witty personality, but also concerned at...

  8. says:

    I received an advance copy of this book from Penguin Random House Canada, was excited to sink my teeth into it First of all, Amanda Lee Koe is an evocative writer who effectively presents strong female voices That being said, I have zero knowledge of any of the 3 protagonists or any of the work they have done with film I was left feeling as though I was unable to engage on a deeper level because of this Some of the chapters will certainly stick with me ...

  9. says:

    I couldn t put this book down despite not usually being a fan of historical fiction I didn t have much previous knowledge about the historical figures in this story except for Anna May Wong, but I was intrigued by all of their narratives And I was pleasantly surprised when I realized t...

  10. says:

    Fascinating look at 3 film pioneers of the 20th Century and how their lives intertwine with ours Love it

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