The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

Anna North

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

  • Title: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
  • Author: Anna North
  • ISBN: 9780399173394
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover

Gripping and provocative, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark tells a story of fame, love, and legacy through the propulsive rise of an iconoclastic artist It s hard for me to talk about love I think movies are the way I do that, says Sophie Stark, a visionary and unapologetic filmmaker She uses stories from the lives of those around her her obsession, her girlfriend, aGripping and provocative, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark tells a story of fame, love, and legacy through the propulsive rise of an iconoclastic artist It s hard for me to talk about love I think movies are the way I do that, says Sophie Stark, a visionary and unapologetic filmmaker She uses stories from the lives of those around her her obsession, her girlfriend, and her husband to create movies that bring her critical recognition and acclaim But as her career explodes, Sophie s unwavering dedication to her art leads to the shattering betrayal of the people she loves most.Told in a chorus of voices belonging to those who knew her best, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is an intimate portrait of an elusive woman whose monumental talent and relentless pursuit of truth reveal the cost of producing great art, both for the artist and for the people around her.

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"I thought making movies would make me more like other people," said Sophie. "But sometimes I think it just makes me even more like me."man, i just loved this book. it reminded me of my favorite robert coover novel - John's Wife, or the structural underpinnings of twin peaks in that all of the action revolves around a central character, in this case sophie stark, who is both charismatic and enigmatic, and never given a voice in her own story except through the filter of others. the narrative is [...]

4.75 Starry Starry Stars”StarryStarry nightPaint your palette blue and greyLook out on a summer's dayWith eyes that know theDarkness in my soul.Shadows on the hillsSketch the trees and the daffodilsCatch the breeze and the winter chillsIn colors on the snowy linen land.And now I understand what you tried to say to meHow you suffered for your sanityHow you tried to set them free.They would not listenThey did not know howPerhaps they'll listen now.” Don McLean “Vincent”The Life and Death [...]

Man, what a writer! North conducts an off-beat symphony about an enigmatic filmmaker named Sophie. Sophie’s friends (victims?) comprise the chorus, and they alternate chapters to tell about their dramatic relationship with Sophie. I was glued to the performance. Only a brilliant writer could make me feel sorry for a sociopathic mind-fucker. Or IS that what she is? A part of me thinks that Sophie is the real victim here. Others become obsessed with her, try to devour her, make too many demands [...]

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERSOkay, I confess, I thought this was a thriller! Had I bothered to read the book description, i would have missed out on this extraordinary read! I'm not one who thinks much about cinematography or the artistry involved, maybe my brain just leans the other way. BUT THIS BOOK! It tugged at me and before I knew it I was deep inside it's world. It's really much more of a character study, all told from the other characters point of view. Sophie is what most co [...]

I'm just not sure how I feel about this book , and I guess that's a plus because my ambivalence reflects how thought provoking it is . Is Sophie Stark , the filmmaker , a genius or an opportunist hurting the people closest to her along the way to her fame or is she a vulnerable, even fragile young woman who bears the scars of bullying and never belonging? Maybe all of these . What we know about Sophie , we learn from the narratives of others - her lover Allison, her brother Robbie, her husband J [...]

"The Life and Death of Sophie Stark" is a strange but fascinating novel. This book tells how Sophie Stark, an emotionally aloof Indie filmmaker manipulates the people who love her the most, including her ex-girlfriend, her brother, her husband, and many more. What makes this book so different is even though the main subject is Sophie Stark - you never hear her point-of-view. Each chapter introduces a different character, (some of the people I mentioned above) and they begin to tell how Sophie im [...]

Fearless claws into you with freshness and truth. This novel exposes the inner workings of the way people think about how they live, what they want, and what they believe. Sophie and the other characters each live with emotional scars . The stories of each of these characters, richly interwoven, alternating narrators, slowly come together with haunting grace. The author, Anna North, has created something very original here(exquisitely written)Leaving me to question.Was Sophie's choice an act of [...]

Extraordinary tale about a small indie filmmaker, Sophie Stark, told by a handful of the people who came closest to knowing her. A misfit in school and college, she comes off as just plain weird. As an adult, she is an irregular weave - obsessed, tortured, and damaged, but with occasional flashes of brilliance with her odd movies. Any dealings you have with her will be strictly on her own terms. Sophie put me in the mind of a feral cat in that way, but one without the basic instinct of self-pres [...]

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me access to an advance copy of this book. Since I had never heard of North before, it was an unexpectedly good read and very hard to put down. The concept is very clever and works well. Sophie Stark is a film maker with a very unusual personality who has been willing on more than one occasion to sacrifice relationships for the sake of her movies. She is ambiguously portrayed as either very cold or unusually insightful. Her story is told from t [...]

Despite raves from a few GR friends, I wasn't looking forward at all to reading this. Not because of the subject matter, but because a blurb bit (.e propulsive rise of an iconoclastic (movie maker)) reminded me too much of one of my biggest fiction disappointments in the last few years, Marisha Pessl'sNight Film. Apologies to fans of that book, but I just could not fathom its appeal. Fortunately, Anna North is no Marisha Pessl, and Sophie Stark is no Stanislaus Cordova. The title The Life and De [...]

I was really eager to read this much talked about book and knew I was on to a winner very early in the book. The writing is just sublime and this character-driven novel really is something special. This is not a fast-paced book full of thrills or anything, it's a book about people, love, choices, careers, mistakes, regrets and so much more. The strength of the novel really does lie in the characters and very much the dialogue in my opinion. Sophie Stark does not fit in at high school, she stands [...]

This book is a well done and unusual character study. You come to know Sophie Stark through the stories told by Sophie's brother, lover, husband and other people who have been players in her life. You never hear directly from Sophie herself.It seemed to me that Sophie was an extremely bright person somewhere on the autistic spectrum and her behavior and betrayals were not necessarily malicious but were driven organically by her disorder. That's my take, anyway. I didn't like or dislike her; I ju [...]

"The Life and Death of Sophie Stark" was astonishingly good! Ann North is an incredible writer! I was so impressed with this book. Sophie is a filmmaker/genius/savant and her story is told through the eyes of the people who were most touched by her, but not always in a good way. Sophie used those around her to make her films the way she wanted. I found her manipulative behavior to be disgusting at times but other times I felt myself feeling very sorry for her. Twice she used people just because [...]

"I thought making movies would make me more like other people. But sometimes I think it just makes me even more like me."Anna North's fascinating, thought-provoking The Life and Death of Sophie Stark looks at the rise and ultimate fall (no surprise, given the book's title) of a young film director whose work causes people to marvel even while they're feeling unsettled or uncomfortable, told by a chorus of the people who perhaps knew her best.Sophie Stark gets her start when she decides to film a [...]

I finished this book some time ago and I’ve struggled with what to write, how do I review a book that defies a simple explanation? To say I was completely absorbed is an understatement, to tell you that Sophie haunts me seems clichéd, though true. So I’m giving it the full five because the author deserves it for her gripping narrative structure, the questions she poses about the unknowability of creative genius, how we see others, ourselves, our assumptions, this is multi-layered literature [...]

Truly an excellent book, so well paced and subtle and skillfully executed, unfolding gradually with great imagination and vision.A misfit girl from Iowa, Emily, creates or recreates herself, or perhaps realizes herself, in the persona of Sophie Stark, an indie filmmaker who gains recognition for her cult films while still remaining an enigmatic figure herself. On a larger scale, the mystery of Sophie is also the mystery of how we create and consume art, and how this process transforms creator, c [...]

Holly Shit! What a novel! Who’s this author? WOW!What a bloody original, simple yet complex novel! It was so unexpectedly good, actually, Great! I’m just blown away by it.I’ll have to do some digging, because I’m very interested in finding out more about the creative process and inspiration behind “The Life and Death of Sophie Stark”.I’m even more annoyed than usual with my limited writing skills, but I’ll do my best to articulate what I felt about this novel. It would probably b [...]

A-Z and PopSugar Challenge with Karly and JessA book with antonyms in the title - The Life and Death of Sophie StarkN = North, Anna4 starsThe Life and Death of Sophie Stark is exactly about what the title infers. I really wasn’t sure what to expect out of this one, but I found the synopsis and cover intriguing and Karen highly approved of it. Sophie Stark is somewhat of an enigma, she has a hard time relating to those around her, was often treated as an outcast by her schoolmates, dresses uniq [...]

The twisty, clever story of a doomed filmmaker – perfect for fans of Hausfrau. Who is Sophie Stark? A New York City-based indie director whose four documentary-style movies are “almost more like life than life itself.” Bisexual and with certain traits of high-functioning autism, Sophie is easily misunderstood. She’s a rebel who doesn’t conform to social niceties. The book is told through five first-person reminiscences from the people closest to her. In this respect the novel’s forma [...]

“It’s hard for me to talk about love. I think movies are the way I do that.”The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is a perfectly pleasant read, if one can really say that about a book that centres around something of a sociopath…“I think I’m like one of those crabs, where it builds itself out of parts of other animals.”Sophie Stark is a visionary and unapologetic filmmaker. She uses stories from the lives of those around her—the boy she was obsessed with in college, her girlfriend, [...]

Firstly I would like to say about “The Life and Death of Sophie Stark” that not only is it one of my favourite books that I have read this year, but it has also gone immediately onto my favourite books of all time list. So there is that.I was not sure about it originally – but the thing with this novel is that it sucks you in with some poignant and gorgeous writing and every single character is full of depth, realism and an often ironic edge that is just simply brilliantly done.Sophie Star [...]

The title of this book – The Life and Death of Sophie Stark – implies that Sophie is the main focus of this nuanced and engrossing book. But is she? Or is the key focus really about those whose Sophie’s life has touched – her love interest, brother, husband, producer and others – and how this accomplished avant-garde filmmaker revealed them for who they really are?I would argue that the latter interpretation makes the most sense, and here, to me, lies the brilliance of the book. We lea [...]

When I first heard about this book, it had very little in the way of a description: just a couple of lines referring to how it 'tells a story of fame, love, and legacy through the propulsive rise of an iconoclastic artist', using a 'chorus of voices'. That was enough to pique my interest. But the character of Sophie Stark is a young film director, so it's less like Siri Hustvedt's The Blazing World than I'd initially assumed. That 'chorus of voices' is created by six narrators who take it in tur [...]

This is the story of an enigmatic film maker, told through the eyes of those who knew her best – from her brother, Robbie, to her ex-husband, Jacob, her lover – and star of an early film – Allison and even Daniel, the unwilling subject of her very first foray into film. Sophie Stark herself, originally called Emily Buckley, only comes alive through other people’s views of her. Was she a compulsive, gifted eccentric; whose need to create great art was worth more to her than how she was vi [...]

This was an interesting read, but I didn’t fall in love with it. I connected more with Allison than I did the main character, Sophie Stark, so although I was really getting into it at the beginning, my connection abruptly ended when the story shifted from Allison to a variety of other characters connected to Sophie. I did read it to the end, and also enjoyed the focus on Daniel, but never really got back into it the way I did at the very beginning, which is a shame.I would like to thank the pu [...]

Sophie Stark is the complex unlikable character at the center of The Life and Death of. She's the focus of the novel, yet her voice is never heard. She's never given the chance to tell her own story. Yet through the eyes of others the reader gets a sense of who Sophie Stark is and that image is perhaps more telling that than if Sophie herself told the story. It's through these voices, these implications that Sophie is a real bitch, that the reader begins to see Sophie as the persecuted as well a [...]

I considered giving this a 5 star. Before approximately the 66% level, I might have. The young Emily/Sophie was drawn to her own STARK perception and reaction quite well. Using a natural chronological order but different narrators was a form that was excellent to dissection of that particular condition of young Emily too. Not being a fan of the flip back and forth time period so currently used, or duo locale here and there, or opposing narrators- this particular method using the chronological pr [...]

This is the first book I've read by this author and I'd like to read more. I was pulled into the emotion of this. This was such a sad little story though told through different POVs. This book dealt with different relationships, most of them toxic. The characters felt like they were all being asked to bear a heavy load and it seemed to be heavier due to the actions of one particular friend. But they were all dealing with it in their own way, as did their one particular friend.

One of the best books I have read this year. Floods of tears at the end. A perfectly formed beautiful novel of creativity and what that can mean. A life seen through the eyes of others. Haunting. Full review and interview with Anna North is due to appear on the blog on 22nd May. Until then though all I'll say is HIGHLY recommended if you like a story that hits you in the heart.

*********5 stars**********(view spoiler)[I sent a request (via NetGalley) for a copy of this book and fortunately, I was granted a copy in exchange for an honest review. This technically would be my first written review as a legit reviewer so please bare with all I have to say here. (hide spoiler)]----------------------------------------------------------------"It's easy to feel like all the good arthas already been made,like everything you grew up lovingwas gone before you go there.It's especia [...]

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