The Book Of The Film Of The Story Of My Life (2005) The first half of Brandt's novel brims with wit and manic energy. Narrator Frederick Case is a struggling London film producer whose movie-star wife, Sophie,… 2005-02-01 Fiction Warner Books
Book Review

The Book Of The Film Of The Story Of My Life (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 01, 2005; Writer: William Brandt; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Warner Books

The first half of Brandt's novel brims with wit and manic energy. Narrator Frederick Case is a struggling London film producer whose movie-star wife, Sophie, has recently left him for a famous (and famously well-endowed) actor. In addition to a broken heart and shattered ego (''Here I am, the unwilling hero of the film of my life-of-undetermined-genre, and I'm not even a sympathetic character''), Case has hypertension, a dwindling libido, and money problems. As he careens around town, taking meetings and compulsively testing his blood pressure, you wait for Case's inevitable crash. But instead of giving his protagonist's life a decisive turning point, Brandt scripts a prolonged and madcap denouement that lets the air out of this promising story in a slow, disappointing hiss.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2005 Published in issue #808 Feb 25, 2005 Order article reprints