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Delayed Rays of a Star Review ¿ 102 Econdary 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 uestions 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. Amanda Lee Koe s inspiration for this ambitious novel was a single photograph taken by famed photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt at a party in Berlin in 1928 The picture is of filmmakeractress Leni Riefenstahl Hollywood actress Anna May Wong and Marlene Dietrich Koe takes us to this party and uses that as her jumping off point for stories that read like memoirs from each woman s point of viewTo get into the head of each woman is fascinating Anna May Wong growing up in Los Angeles was enthralled with the movies While she became a successful actress Hollywood cast her in villain roles while sympathetic Asian characters were played by Caucasians in whiteface Wong had to deal with that as well as scathing reviews from critics in her parents native ChinaDietrich s story is focused two bookends of her life her early days working with Josef von Sternberg and having an affair with Wong and the last years of her life when she was bedridden and reclusive in a Paris flat I don t know if there s any factual basis for the affair Dietrich is portrayed as a women who yearned for connection but couldn t let down her barriers enough to form a real relationship with anyoneRiefenstahl is portrayed both in her filmmaking years in Germany s Third Reich and much later in life looking back and defending herself against charges of collaboration with the Nazi regime Koe does a terrific job getting inside the head of the ambitious and self absorbed Riefenstahl who has an excuse or justification for everything She never has to admit her culpability even to herselfSome of the most affecting scenes involve side characters whom Koe introduces into the story There is the World War I veteran working as a gaffer on one of Riefenstahl s who is haunted by his wartime memories and stricken by Riefenstahl s use of Roma from a nearby Nazi concentration camp as film extras Then there is Dietrich s refugee Chinese house cleaner B b who develops a relationship with a young Turkish German admirer of Dietrich sIt s hard to describe this novel It has a certain dreamlike uality but not because it feels like a dream It s as if you have all the time in the world to sit with these women as they tell you the stories of their lives and you know that because they are human there will be truth lies happiness sadness and the bittersweetness of memory

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Delayed Rays of a Star Review ¿ 102 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 soirée 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 fat. 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 uite 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 uotation 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 uirky stylistic choiceThe 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 subseuent 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 because of the way they jump to whole new situations and often even a different character as the chapter s focus There are lots of side characters such as Marlene s Chinese maid and the lighting staff on Leni s film production team and they are vividly developed too I actually think some of the most memorable chapters come from the side charactersAnna May Marlene and Leni turn into strong memorable characters too I knew pretty much nothing about all of them I ll admit it I d never even heard of Marlene and Leni before this novel so getting to know their lives and legacy was fascinating to me I restrained myself from googling them so I can get to know them from this novel but after finishing it I did google them and I m intrigued to see how closely the novel follows their real lives However I was expecting connections between the three of them and their stories but only Anna May and Marlene were really in each other s lives after they met at the party So it felt disjointed reading the three women s chapters together They shared a common socio political context and themes about art being a female artist and fame but still I had to re orientate myself a bit when I move between the mini segmentsLeni s chapters were also the heaviest and the tone was uite different from Anna May s and Marlene s although Anna May s chapters also dealt with racism in early 20th century America and the struggle to find home for the Asian American diaspora Leni s chapters are very heavy because they go uite deep into the political climate of Nazi Germany with Hitler and Joseph Goebbels both making appearances and even getting dialogue Leni was also a controversial director of Nazi propaganda films and this novel explores how aware and intentional she was in creating Nazi propaganda raising uestions about whether we can and should separate art from politics and art from the artist It s very bold of the author to tackle such controversial and complex issues in real history approaching them from different perspectives and she has the skill and is knowledgeable about them to do so with sensitivity Even though the writing is a bit dense I was very engaged in the story most of the time and I really cared and felt for the charactersAmanda Lee Koe is definitely one of my favourite Singapore authors now along with Balli Kaur Jaswal I d only ever read one of her short stories from her award winning collection Ministry of Moral Panic but I could tell her writing is really good and this her first novel shows it even She s so smart I d feel intimidated if I ever meet her in real lifeThank you to Pansing for sending me copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review If I Cant Let Go If You Come Back To Me #2 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 fat. 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 uite 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 uotation 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 uirky stylistic choiceThe 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 subseuent 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 because of the way they jump to whole new situations and often even a different character as the chapter s focus There are lots of side characters such as Marlene s Chinese maid and the lighting staff on Leni s film production team and they are Coming Home for Christmas vividly developed too I actually think some of the most memorable chapters come from the side charactersAnna May Marlene and Leni turn into strong memorable characters too I knew pretty much nothing about all of them I ll admit it I d never even heard of Marlene and Leni before this novel so getting to know their lives and legacy was fascinating to me I restrained myself from googling them so I can get to know them from this novel but after finishing it I did google them and I m intrigued to see how closely the novel follows their real lives However I was expecting connections between the three of them and their stories but only Anna May and Marlene were really in each other s lives after they met at the party So it felt disjointed reading the three women s chapters together They shared a common socio political context and themes about art being a female artist and fame but still I had to re orientate myself a bit when I move between the mini segmentsLeni s chapters were also the heaviest and the tone was uite different from Anna May s and Marlene s although Anna May s chapters also dealt with racism in early 20th century America and the struggle to find home for the Asian American diaspora Leni s chapters are Whos Afraid of the Big Bad Boss? very heavy because they go uite deep into the political climate of Nazi Germany with Hitler and Joseph Goebbels both making appearances and even getting dialogue Leni was also a controversial director of Nazi propaganda films and this novel explores how aware and intentional she was in creating Nazi propaganda raising uestions about whether we can and should separate art from politics and art from the artist It s Behind the Mountain very bold of the author to tackle such controversial and complex issues in real history approaching them from different perspectives and she has the skill and is knowledgeable about them to do so with sensitivity Even though the writing is a bit dense I was Addiction very engaged in the story most of the time and I really cared and felt for the charactersAmanda Lee Koe is definitely one of my favourite Singapore authors now along with Balli Kaur Jaswal I d only ever read one of her short stories from her award winning collection Ministry of Moral Panic but I could tell her writing is really good and this her first novel shows it even She s so smart I d feel intimidated if I ever meet her in real lifeThank you to Pansing for sending me copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review

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Delayed Rays of a Star Review ¿ 102 Her'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 Elysées 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 s. Before reviewing Amanda Lee Koe s actual writing it must be noted that the Doubleday hardcover edition of Delayed Rays Of A Star is physically a work of art in bookmaking The dust jacket features some beautiful design work by a Michael J Windsor that perfectly incorporates design aesthetics of the classical Hollywood era and contemporary typography The interior of the book also features the same careful attention to aesthetic detail from numbering Anna May Wong s chapters with Chinese letters to choosing appropriate Hollywood esue fonts to even designing small individualized emblems that serve sort of as a historatied initial to signify and designate each of the three main character s chapters The effort put into assembling the physical copy of this novel is marvelous and serves as an excellent reminder that as much as I appreciate the convenience of e readers there s nothing like holding a physically beautiful bookUnfortunately I wasn t at first nearly as enthralled by Amanda Lee Koe s actual writing The pitch for Delayed Rays of A Star s plot reads like something I would absolutely love considering I have a degree in Film Studies and am an Taiwanese American A historical fiction novel written by an Asian author about two classic Hollywood actresses one of whom is Chinese and has to struggle against racism and a famously controversial film director sounded like everything I wanted in book unfortunately I nearly gave up on Delayed Rays of A Star after the first few chapters One immediate reason is that there simply wasn t enough of the narrative actually concerned about film or film history until Leni Riefenstahl s first chapter After that the narrative picked up and began actually delving into interesting historical tidbits of film history surrounded its three protagonists instead of over detailing Marlene Dietrich s sexual exploitsAnother reason is a common problem with most novels that deal with multiple main protagonists It is easy to be interested in one protagonists over the others In the case of Delayed Rays of A Star I struggled through the first two Marlene Dietrich chapters If it weren t for the story of the Chinese immigrant housemaid character intertwined into the narrative I would have dropped the book before reaching Anna May Wong s first chapter As a side note Amanda Lee Koe s treatment of the issue of human trafficking in Dietrich s chapters was oddly subdued which also slightly bothered me The chapters were well written and writing from the perspective of an aged Dietrich was a great choice but unnecessary and misplaced sex scenes littered her early chapters and the latter chapters were just a bit slow It s not even that the sex scene weren t well written they just felt misplaced Perhaps I just disliked Koe s depiction of Dietrich considering that Koe has actually been complimented on her ability to write sex scenes well in an interview that she gave where she actually speaks of how Marlene Dietrich s sexuality brought her freedom in expressing and writing of her own sexuality Koe s speaking in that article says Sex in fiction is a powerful liminal space because of the fact that we can simultaneously convey the interiority of characters while they are in a state of physical ecstasy How cool would it be it during sex you could have a USB cable into your partner s brain see what someone is seeing when they reach a point at which thought is impossible and sensation is heightened A writer should make sparing but full use of this medium specific privilege that exists only on the page films don t afford the same interiority In the case of Delayed Rays of A Star Koe has definitely made full use of the medium specific privilege of writing visceral sex scenes but her own advice on the use of it sparingly arguably hasn t been heeded Dietrich s sexual exploits are well recorded in the annals of film history but what we end up with in Delayed Rays of A Star is a caricature instead of a fully developed character and ultimately a missed opportunity to explore deeper into the person of Marlene Dietrich The irony of course is that just as Hollywood typecast Dietrich as a femme fatale Amanda Lee Koe with Dietrich reduced her to being defined by the sole attributes of being a sexual predator megalomaniac and a nymphomaniac Thankfully Koe does better with Anna May Wong s character and significantly better with Leni RiefenstahlAll of Anna May Wong s chapters and Leni Riefenstahl s chapters for me personally were considerably better and interesting then the Marlene Dietrich s chapters Riefenstahl s chapters read in the way I expected the whole novel to read and were the highlight of the novel despite their perhaps revisionist history The Riefenstahl chapters were a perfect mix of film history technical film elements the struggles of being a female director the complexities of filmmaking in Nazi Germany and etc Her chapters made the novel a worthwhile read and I m glad I stuck with the novel for her chapters especially her final first person chapter the only first person chapter in the whole book With that all said Delayed Rays of A Star is an impressive debut and demonstrates that Amanda Lee Koe clearly has a firm grasp on the technical aspects of writing and storytelling necessary to be an incredible author She has also definitely done her research and knows her film history I was surprised even to see one of my favorite directors Hou Hsiao Hsien get a nod in the novel for his film Daughter Of The Nile She is most definitely an author to watch and I will definitely keep an eye out for her future works Delayed Rays of Star missed the mark a little bit at the beginning but ultimately it grew to be an interesting worthwhile read that I m glad I stuck with until the endI debated between giving this a 3 or a 4 for a long time I ultimately settled on a 3 but really it s a 35 and would be a 4 for another readerI received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway and thank Doubleday for the advanced copy


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