Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

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Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

Format:  Hardcover,

675 pages

Publisher: Thorndike Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2012

ISBN-13: 9781410450333

ISBN-10: 1410450333

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In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and his accomplished actor/director son Emilio Estevez share the stories of their lives while charting a spiritual journey through the Spain of their ancestors.

In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters--and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different--they tell stories spanning more than fifty years of family history and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

At twenty-one, still a struggling actor living hand to mouth, Martin and his wife, Janet, welcomed their firstborn, Emilio, an experience of profound joy for the young couple, who soon had three more children: Ramon, Charlie, and Renee. As Martin's career moved from stage to screen, the family moved from New York City to Malibu, while traveling together to film locations around the world, from Mexico for "Catch-22" to Colorado for "Badlands" to the Philippines for the legendary "Apocalypse Now" shoot. As the firstborn, Emilio had a special relationship with Martin: They often mirrored each other's passions and sometimes clashed in their differences. After Martin and Emilio traveled together to India for the movie "Gandhi," each felt the beginnings of a spiritual awakening that soon led Martin back to his Catholic roots and eventually led both men to Spain, from where Martin's father had emigrated to the United States. Along the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path, Emilio directed Martin in their acclaimed film, "The Way," bringing three generations of Estevez men together in the region of Spain where Martin's father was born, and near where Emilio's own son had moved to marry and live.

With vivid, behind-the-scenes anecdotes of this multitalented father's and son's work with other notable actors and directors, "Along the Way" is a striking, stirring, funny story--a family saga that readers will recognize as universal in its rebellions and regrets, aspirations and triumphs. Strikingly candid, searchingly honest, this heartfelt portrait reveals two strong-minded, admirable men of many important roles, perhaps the greatest of which are as fathers and sons.


Publisher: Thorndike Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2012
ISBN-13: 9781410450333
ISBN-10: 1410450333
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 675
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.58
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 5.0 x 1.25


Review by Library Journal (2012-06-15)

Actors Sheen and Estevez have written a thought-provoking book about fathers and sons, drawing from their own relationship. They describe their lives together in a candid, autobiographical way and, in doing so, explore the broader themes of fatherhood and family. Sheen, born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez, describes his relationship with his own father, what it was like becoming a father of four at a very young age, and how his work as an actor affected his relationships with his family, particularly Estevez.

The scenes describing his heavy drinking and heart attack on the set of Apocalypse Now and its effects on his relationship with Estevez are especially riveting. Estevez describes his relationship with Sheen, fathering two children at a young age, and the impact of his work as an actor, writer, and director on his family, particularly his father. Estevez shares his experiences filming the movie The Way together, which he wrote and directed and Sheen starred in.

Verdict: Recommended for readers who like Hollywood biographies and stories of fathers and sons.

-Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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