Story of My Life Summary
Despite her other faults, Alison claims to believe in honesty, sometimes even taking it to an extreme. Although her behavior is not always consistent with her belief, the conflict between acting and being is a central one in the novel, expressed through the continual games of "Truth or Dare" and, paradoxically, through Alison's acting lessons. Although she is learning to act out roles, Alison's acting teacher encourages his students to draw from themselves to fill out the part. His highest praise, that someone is "inhabiting the role," comes only when he feels that the performance, and the emotions, are honest ones. Ironically, the money for Alison's acting lessons often comes through dishonesty, as when she tricks Skip into giving her money for an abortion she does not need, or when her father, who seems to be involved in some unsavory business dealings, sends money for her...
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Jay McInerney Biographies (2)
2,889 words, approx. 10 pages
"You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning. But here you are, and you cannot say that the terrain is entirely unfamiliar, although the details are fuzzy...
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Jay McInerney's works document the urban world of New York and provide a peek into the glitzy, sometimes overly consumerist existence about which average Americans know little. Although he is often ca...
Essays & Analysis (4)
1,000 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, O'Rourke offers a favorable assessment of Story of My Life.
Oh no, it's rich kids leading empty lives, taking harmful drugs and having sex too often (then feelin...
717 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Gaiser offers an unfavorable assessment of Story of My Life.
Nelson Algren once observed in conversation that "no matter how many novels you write, it sure as hell does...
2,584 words, approx. 9 pages
Below, Wolcott offers unfavorable review of Story of My Life.
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7,853 words, approx. 27 pages
In the following essay, de Caro examines the cultural context and significance of contemporary urban folklore in Story of My Life, particularly as revealed in formal and informal communication among t...