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Lists with This Book. A re-write of a review I wrote a few years ago. This is a novel about a native-born Chilean who grew up in Los Angeles and then moved back to Chile. The innovative structure of this novel gives us a narrator who is an avid movie-goer and tells us of the films he saw during his formative years and how they related to what was going on in his life at that time. These are Chilean folks who are relatively high-end immigrants. They migrate back and forth between the two countries based on the political situation in Chile.
Chile has major earthquakes about fugute five years including the Valdivia quake in that was the most powerful in recorded history a 9. And quakes in and that each killed more than 25, people. Llibros found myself speculating on the extent to which the back-and-forth between LA and Santiago was a cause or a result of that dysfunction. Photo of Chile’s earthquake from boston. View all 5 comments.
I just have to read novels which are about movies. There was a time when I was almost obsessed with films and filmmakers. I still have on my sofa table the book ” movies you must see before you die”. About half of those are still unseen: Most of the chapters are named after movies and the film in question is mentioned in the chapter. But in most cases it’s just an extra without any real significance or real meani A slight dissappointment.
But in most cases it’s just an extra without any real significance or real meaning for the story. Perhaps the memories are partly real which explains the insignificance. The other thing which seldom seems to succeed is a grown-up person trying to write as a very young boy or girl thinks.
It just feels fake in most of the cases. An outsider’s view might have been better. All and all this was quite readable and short chapters prevented from getting bored. Obviously I had too big expectations – very often that tends to spoil a book. And the trick ehre is interesting; Fuguet takes the structure of a noted director can’t remember who, because my brain is swiss cheese; Elia Kazan?
The beginning works very well, being a series of emails between the narrator and someone he met on a plane about why he’s decided to simply abandon his career a Alberto Fuguet, The Movies of My Life Harper, A trick does not a book make, no matter how interesting it is. The beginning works very well, being a series of emails between the narrator and someone he met on a plane about why he’s decided to simply abandon his career and sit in a Los Angeles hotel room writing this, and the structure is intriguing, but beauty is only skin-deep.
Once you scratch beneath the surface, you find another Oprah’s Book Club candidate ripe for the plucking, a dysfunctional family with no qualities to make it stand out from the rest of the dysfunctional family pack so popular in today’s publishing world. If you like dysfunctional family novels, this will probably be right up your alley. The rest of you can safely avoid it.
Las Películas de Mi Vida
Dec 30, Avery rated it it was ok. I loved this book, unlike many Goodreads readers who gave it very negative reviews. I’m quite interested in Chile, Latin American in general, immigrants, refugees and exiles. I remember vividly the hope that many had in Allende and the tragedy of his overthrow – the disappeared and lost forever.
So in part it was interesting to read – fiction though this is – about a family that can hardly wait for Allende to disappear from the stage.
And connecting the story to movies seen by this kid – felt right to me. Would love to read more by this author but little has been translated into English. Aug 17, Valentina Atehortua rated it it was amazing. Se viven esos periodos desde otra perspectiva. Ese tipo de datos hacen que uno se interese mas en la historia. Dec 13, Paola Frias rated it it was ok.
Nov 18, Viviana Cordero rated it it was amazing. Mar 15, Valeria Wicker rated it liked it. As well as being the first book I read by Fuguet, the back flap of the cover was the first reference to McOndo that I have ever heard.
After all, McOndo declares the death of magic realism, a literary staple among the fiction genres of Latin America. What I found was a wor As well as being the first book I read by Fuguet, the back flap of the cover was the first reference to McOndo that I have ever heard.
What I found libroe a work that agrees wholeheartedly with the uniqueness of Latin American and Chilean culture but is speaking from a different generation. After all, McOndo declares the death of magic realism in Latin America. After guessing wrong at the tone of the book, I repeated the mistake after taking a look at the format.
Flipping through the pages, the format looks like a list of movies that the protagonist has seen. I got excited thinking that maybe I would read an intellectual perspective on several classics.
As it turns out, this is not the case at all. Rather, the narrator uses the films, many of them forgettable B flicks, to locate the times in his life where formative events occurred. Many times the lighthearted, escapist mood of the film is juxtaposed with the gravity of the estrangement and exile the author experiences.
The list has nothing to do with building a relationship with the reader and is completely introspective and therefore autobiographical. There are no obvious ovations made to the reader, the ending is neither epic futuet moral. This fuguuet an exhorbing portrait of a Chilean adult looking back at his life and past passions.
I get libos sense that many of the events described come straight from Fuguet’s own fjguet, but at this point I don’t know enough about the author to be sure.
In a way, it is not representative of all or even most young Chileans. The narrator spends most of his childhood in California and holds a PhD in seismology.
But it has a very subtle and captivating style that keeps the reader turning the pages and enjoying what she finds. So I wasn’t too crazy about this one. It started off with some intrigue as you get to know the main character and begin to wonder how he got so intense, lonely and estranged from his family.
I started to wonder, perhaps he felt that his intelligence alienated him from everyone else and he sought the kind of solace you can only get from a physics book. Perhaps there was a terrible tragedy that befell his entire family and he was the cause. Perhaps a he caused a terrible accident and has been guil So I wasn’t too crazy about this one.
Las Películas de Mi Vida by Alberto Fuguet
Perhaps a he caused a terrible accident and has been guilt stricken ever since. Turns out, he’s the son of immigrants who move back to Chile. Now, I don’t mean to belittle the plot; this book may well speak to many people. I half expected it to speak to me, as I’ve often felt like a wanderer myself, but I just couldn’t relate.
It was a fast read, mostly because it’s arranged in bite-sized chunks centered around movies, but I didn’t feel any momentum. It wasn’t really heading anywhere, and I grew impatient with the meandering. For starters I had a hard time dealing with the absurd amount of typos in the Spanish edition. Fuguet seriously needs to find a new editor.
Although the book is largely tedious, there is some sage advice and witty dialogue peppered in that I enjoyed. The concept of t For starters I had a hard time dealing with the absurd amount of typos in the Spanish edition. The concept of the movies didn’t really work for me either in the majority of the cases and wasn’t really what I was expecting.
Many of the movies had little to nothing to do with the story that accompanied them and I was unfamiliar with most of the movies. I do, however, appreciate how everything came together at the end. Not bad, but not great. Alberto Fuguet goes out of his way to alienate his reader, which made me wonder why he thought a reader would care enough to read his memoir. I felt like his title “the movies of my life” was also deceiving.
While there is a list of movies it is essentially meaningless in the scheme of the stories. They have little or nothing to do with the movies, and the impact they had on his life, but rather are used like markers in a timeline.
A more realistic title would be the “years of my life” and his s Alberto Fuguet goes out of his way to alienate his reader, which made me wonder why he thought a reader would care enough to read his memoir. A more realistic title would be the “years of my life” and his stories could be seperated by years instead of movie titles.
I despise this kind of trickery in books, feeling as if it’s a marketing technique but clearly Fuguet needed some kind of trick as I am still wondering why he would feel someone would be interested in his story. I didn’t connect or relate to him, and found him to be rude, self-pitying, empty, and arrogant. I stumbled across The Movies of My Life on the way out of the fiction section of my library.