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One of the best actors of his generation, Eric Clark was born José Fernando del Torres in Asunción, Paraguay. On a night in November, 1955, in New York City, a legendary spirit entered into him, complicating his destiny—a destiny which would make him a star in the booming Italian film industry of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s—in sword and sandal epics, spaghetti westerns and gia ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published November 21st 2016 by Snuggly Books
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Nancy Oakes
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
hugs to Anna for my copy. God, I love books from small presses!!

I also love reading Brendan Connell's books, which I'd say are tough to classify under any sort of mainstream pigeonholing system. His latest, Clark, is a mix of funny, witty, strange and disturbing; put together with his rather unique writing style, the book appeals to my love of the offbeat. Who else could possibly write a novel about a guy from Paraguay who finds himself taken over by a "legendary spirit" and goes on to become a
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James
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book proves something I've long suspected, that while most contemporary writers are content to settle for checkers, Brendan Connell has mastered the art of 4-dimensional chess (metaphorically speaking). Functioning both as an intense character study of the life and soul of an actor and also a captivating and frequently surreal depiction of the Italian film industry of the 1960's & 70's, this book is simply brilliant (and epic in every sense of the word), and is both amusing and sad in equal ...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Brendan Connell is an author who has never been afraid of writing something out of the ordinary and experimenting with his literary output. His latest novel, Clark, is a delicious slice of literary fiction that goes beyond the scope of a normal literary novel, because it has all of the elements that make his stories impressive and unique.

I'm personally very fond of Brendan Connell's fiction, because his novels and stories intrigue me and stimulate my imaginat
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Ramón
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is in a way two stories. One is the account of the life of a Paraguayan actor named José Fernando who, after being blessed by a former legendary actor (and was this actor in turn blessed by someone else, and him by someone before him and so forth?), renames himself Eric Clark and embarks on a new career with newfound talent. As the book's backcover synopsis tells us, Eric Clark was one of the best actors of his generation—but, as is the case in any artistic industry, talent does not n ...more
Ben Peek
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brendan Connell's latest book, Clark, is excellent. Before anything else, you should know that.

It focuses on the life of Eric Clark, a Paraguayan born actor who works primarily in Italy through the late 50s, 60s, 70s and early 80s. In many ways, the book is a love letter to the trash cinema of those decades, and it follows the trends of sand and sandal epics, westerns, bad cop films, the rise of cheap Hong Kong martial arts flicks, and more. It is a book for those of us who have a love of cinema
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Ursula Pflug
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A strange and wonderful book. It's not a genre book to my mind, not even an unclassifiable one, but straight up literary fiction, stylistically akin to Latin American authors Julio Cortazar and Roberto Bolaño among others—and not because the main character is Paraguayan. Often thought of the first time I saw Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West as a teen, and how it blew me away. The night I finished Clark, I headed back to the living room, where my hubby was watching a low budget spaghet ...more
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