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Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life By Trevor Cole Norman Bray In the Performance of His Life Finalist for the Governor General s Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book Canada and Caribbean region A Globe and Mail Notable Book of the YearFor years Toronto stage actor Nor
  • Title: Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life
  • Author: Trevor Cole
  • ISBN: 9780771022630
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life By Trevor Cole Finalist for the Governor General s Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book Canada and Caribbean region A Globe and Mail Notable Book of the YearFor years, Toronto stage actor Norman Bray has renounced all responsibility in the name of his art Now, middle aged, teetering on the edge of financial ruin, and clinging to the faded light of his career,Finalist for the Governor General s Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book Canada and Caribbean region A Globe and Mail Notable Book of the YearFor years, Toronto stage actor Norman Bray has renounced all responsibility in the name of his art Now, middle aged, teetering on the edge of financial ruin, and clinging to the faded light of his career, Norman must answer to the bank, to the adult children of his recently deceased common law wife, and, most of all, to his own illusions about himself Making matters worse, Amy, his stepdaughter of a sort, discovers her late mother s journals and the unhappiness they contain Meanwhile, Norman finds himself embroiled in the affairs of an attractive neighbour, with unexpected consequences Highly original, skewering, hilarious, humane, Trevor Cole s brilliant debut looks at the precarious ties of love and family and the plight of a man who has reached the end of the line and has only himself to blame.
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    1. Trevor Cole

      Trevor Cole born Trevor William Cole on February 15, 1960 is a Canadian novelist and journalist His first two novels, Norman Bray in the Performance of his Life 2004 and The Fearsome Particles 2006 , were nominated for the Governor General s Literary Award for Fiction and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

    531 thoughts on “Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life”

    1. The story of a pretentious Canadian actor at the end of his career, trying to reconnect with his family, Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life is as unforgettable as it is funny Although some of the jokes were just kind of lame, a lot of this book was really comedic.


    2. honestly have no idea what to do with this one it was disturbing so much so, I went few days thinking about it to what point it is realistic do we hope for or less people of that kind around if I met Norman Bray, would he drive me nuts would I think him a genius actor or quite opposite this book was too engaging for me I think somehow it touched my spirit in a way books usually do not do, and to tell the truth I am not sure if I like it or not can t give any stars too many mixed emotions


    3. Another book club pick and the only reason I perservered through Could not feel for any of the main characters and really only mildly interesting.


    4. This isn t the first book by Trevor Cole I ve bought, but this is his debut novel, and it is a damn fine read It is engaging, well crafted and hilarious novel about the aging actor with an enormous ego who seems incorrigible To be honest, while reading I really wanted life to hit him hard, and the author didn t disappoint me PI personally LOVE Trevor Cole s negative characters they are 100% assholes, and if you don t see it well, then you have some problems with your morality Why read it then, y [...]



    5. This book was recommended to me by my friend Sharon Bray, and not so much because of the name of the title character, but because I was reading books set in Hamilton, and this book was written by an author who was living in Hamilton at the time The book set in Toronto, not Hamilton won a City of Hamilton Arts Award for literature, and was a finalist for the Governor General s literary awards The dust jacket paints the book as howlingly funny and hilarious , although it is actually about a self a [...]


    6. I agree that I don t know what to make of this book It was very well written and the characters well developed, although I didn t like and couldn t relate to any of them I didn t find it funny AT ALL, in fact, just the opposite I found it profoundly sad I gave it 3 stars for the writing but I can t say I enjoyed it.


    7. I read this so long I ve forgotten much of it I recall that I enjoyed it, the character Norman Bray was well drawn if pathetic and awful and I m glad I don t have someone like him in my life I thought the ending was a bit of a let down but I think that of most novels I absolutely loved the Toronto settings though.


    8. On my goodness, this book has some of the funniest bits When Norman blurts out something about the beauty of the loan manager s bald spot I thought I d pee myself Reminder to self to find the actual quote.Okay the bald spot bit comes on pages 89 90, but I won t quote it I d have to quote the whole bank visit episode which is both horrific and hilarious from start to finish.I loved this book and was going to give it four and a half stars, which is about as much as I ve given any book But I ve cha [...]


    9. We ve all met people who are so strong in their convictions that doubt never seems to enter their minds All evidence can be twisted to eventually match their point of view Norman Bray is one of them As an actor who s long been pursecuted for his devotion to art as he believes himself to be , it only seems natural that the bank is trying to take his home it s part of the conspiracy His Norman s tenuous grasp of reality makes his interactions with the less talented people in his life very sad, but [...]


    10. I have rarely read a novel with such amazing characterization that the main character felt so absolutely real to me This book was a finalist for the Governor General s Award in 2004 and very deservedly so In Norman Bray, Trevor Cole has created the most obnoxious, self centred, arrogant, pig headed character I have ever met in literature And yet, he somehow manages to make us care about him There were times that I wanted to smack him when he goes to see the loans officer at the bank, for example [...]


    11. When I started this book, I thought of the title s meaning his ultimate performance, the one he would be remembered by I kept waiting for it to happen But no, Norman Bray is an ACTOR, 24 7, his life is a performance.He is self centered, selfish, narcissistic, conceited and yet, the author makes you care about him This book deals with Norman at the lowest point of his life and shows his redemption There is a surprise in the end about the one performance on which Norman prides himself.


    12. Norman Bray is a middle aged, underemployed actor who perhaps is self deluded as a professional skill or perhaps is just self deluded As career, home and relationships come unraveled, events from his past start to bubble up for re examination As circumstances change and rapidly for Norman, does he learn and change personally It s hard to tell as this acerbic, at times funny, at times troubling story unfolds and that hard to tell element is the most convincing aspect of this at times infuriatin [...]


    13. A delightful read Cole pulled me in with the very humorous first chapter and kept me entranced for the whole book Norman s self delusion in the face of overwhelming adversity seemed real and even his gradual dawning self realization at the book progressed didn t seem forced Not a book for everyone I could see how his Norman s character would frustrate some readers I think my wife would hate him But I thought it was a great read.


    14. This was Cole s first novel, and it shows his great skill at characterization Norman is a delusional, self aggrandizing out of work musical theatre actor He s just been told that his mortgage is in default and he is going to lose his house.Bray seems so real life that I frequently wanted to punch him in the throat It was hard to read at times just because he was so bloody annoying and not in a no one really acts like that way , even though he s so over the top.


    15. A wonderful character pathetic, self centered, very believable the plot really doesn t climax or even build much but Norman Bray is fascinating and I want to drop in on his life in the future and see if he could possibly still be as self absorbed deservedly short listed for the Governor General s Award the year that Toews won for A Complicated Kindess


    16. A witty and comical glimpse into the twisted and egotistical mind of a has been stage actor Parts of the book truly made me laugh out loud Norman Bray is a character I loved to hate but couldn t help but feel sorry for him at times Other times, thought he got what he deserved An overall enjoyable read.


    17. A brilliant portrait of the humanity underlying narcissism, without pulling any punches on the interpersonal frustration of interacting with such unrelenting self focus Funny and so well written, I find myself slowing down to enjoy each word as I go with a heartfelt satisfying ending.


    18. Am trying to plow through this as I truly enjoyed Practical Jean , but I m not getting the humour Doubt I will finish the book, a rare thing for me.Sorry to say it s in my donate pile Hope someone else enjoys it To sardonic for me.


    19. All right, I confess, I purchased and have now read this book partly because the writer is a Hamiltonian, but also because it was up for the Governor General s award You know.



    20. I m going back to this I never finished it when I started to read it the first time Maybe I ll get through it this time I think I ran our of caring for Norman


    21. My dad gave me this book, recommended it I actually laughed while reading it I did not like Norman Bray for a very long time, but in the end, hey, I don t want to spoil it for you


    22. I am not sure what to say about it really I found Norman so difficult to like, not that I am sure you are supposed to It is definitely well written.



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