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From "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to kitschy disaster films such as "Earthquake ," as well as cult classics of '70s sci-fi such as "Logan's Run," Beltra n connects with his past by remembering the films he saw, the people with whom he saw them, and even the theaters in which they were shown. Recalling one movie after another, he reconstructs the unusual history of his eccentric and dysfunctional family, coming to terms with his obsession with the movies that helped define him -- often whether he wanted them to or not.
Set in the oddly parallel worlds of Nixon's suburban California and Pinochet's Santiago de Chile, this ingenious novel throws us into the claustrophobic world of an adolescent who tries to escape from a tumultuous and fragmented existence, one caught between two languages, two cultures, and two families that watch the same movies. Written in theeloquent, compelling, and often hilarious style that has brought Alberto Fuguet world renown, "The Movies of My Life" is a book about film and about how movies embed themselves in our souls, helping us all share a blinding fondness for the magic of make-believe.
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