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3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  320 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Beltrán Soler is from Chile, a land in constant movement. A seismologist who knows more about the science of tectonic plate movement than about life, he is cocooned in a world of seismic data, scientific articles, and natural disasters. Beltrán believes he can protect himself from the world around him by losing himself to theoretical pursuits, but thousands of feet above t ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 14th 2003 by Rayo (first published October 1st 2003)
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Robert Beveridge
Alberto Fuguet, The Movies of My Life (Harper, 2003)

A trick does not a book make, no matter how interesting it is. 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?)'s autobiography and turns it into the story of a family trying to make it. 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 é um chileno dedicado a criar um novo movimento nas letras latino-americanas, um movimento disposto a se contrapor ao realismo fantástico de Gabriel García-Márquez e que se chama... McCondo. Rarara.

Fuguet escreveu um livro chamado "Os filmes da minha vida", que não causa surpresas estilísticas nem consegue inaugurar nada de novo, mas tem a capacidade de gerar lembranças em gente que viveu algo parecido. Eu, por exemplo, e minha infância na Venezuela.

O fato de ter vivido noutro paí
Valeria Wicker
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. Judging by the brief definition of the genre, I was expecting a work that blatantly attacks Gabriel García Marquez, Alejo Carpentier, Isabel Allende and other writers of magic realism while celebrating McDonalds and Coca-Cola. 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 ...more
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 ...more
Heather Mize
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 ...more
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. Secondly, the biggest problem with this book (as with Fuguet's movie Música Campesina) is pace. The first 3/4 of the book is SLOW and pretty uninteresting. The last 1/4 was a huge improvement but was ultimately too little, too late. Although the book is largely tedious, there is some sage advice and witty dialogue peppered in that I enjoyed. The concept of t ...more
Tres y medio, de nuevo. Entre los errores de estilo (en serio, ¿dónde está el editor aquí?) y la desarticulación de algunos capítulos, me cuesta ponerle más estrellas a un libro que tenía potencial para ser mucho más, sobre todo porque la premisa es buena. El libro me gustó, pero quedé con la sensación de que pudo haber sido mucho mejor.
il libro si legge velocemente e se non fosse che - giustamente - cita solo film degli anni 70, beh... darebbe anche un po' di spunti.
è molto interessante vedere come certi schemi si ripetono al di là delle nazionalità, dei luoghi dove si vive, dei rapporti sociali che si hanno. ovviamente invece altre cose non sono assolutamente ripetibili, e certi dolori, certe strutture sociali sono vissute solo in quel luogo, in quel tempo, da quelle persone.

idea non banale, scrittura buona.

"l'orrore dello s

Mar 24, 2009 Christina marked it as abandoned
I stumbled across The Movies of My Life on the way out of the fiction section of my library. I’m not exactly a movie-buff — though I recognized Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Earthquake! — but the premise sounded interesting and added it to my stack. The Movies of My Life 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.

But the intrigue is quickly dissipates, and the story loss any mom
Kind of an interesting premise, especially if you happen to love movies--of which I'm guilty. The execution of the story is what lets this down in my opinion. There's just absolutely no cohesion between various aspects of the should have completely scrapped the stuff w/ the woman on the plane and the conversations with the sister and just been about memories attached to films throughout the life of this kid who is growing up in Los Angeles and in Chile. That would have been a lot more ...more
Meh, I didn’t really understand the connection between the movies, earthquakes and the character’s up-brining. They seemed more of a throw away device rather than something integral to progressing narrative. I didn’t find myself very interested in the character’s life nor did I understand the significance of LA and why he did not continue on his travels at this point. Was this to do with happy memories of his childhood and parent’s marriage before they returned to Chile? Many of the secondary ch ...more
It's a coming of age tale about a Chilean seismologoist who, on the way to Tokyo for a conference, stops over in LA and decides to hole up in a hotel room and write about his childhood and adolescence in Chile, Los Angeles and back to Chile, with each chapter headed by a movie he saw at the time as a trigger for his memories. It's a neat trick, and since the main character was born in 1964, a lot of the films he references are from a time I remember as well. And it's also how I happened to know ...more
Välillä tuntui että luin tätä kuin Iisakin kirkkoa: silmä alkoi luppaa melken joka ilta 10 minuutin jälkeen. Okei, maanjäristykset ja elokuvat on epätavallinen viitekehys kasvukertomukselle, mutta ensimmäistä olisi voinut vähän rajoittaa. Onneksi loppupuolella Chilessä päästiin varsinaisesti vauhtiin teini-iän toilailuineen. Usein tosin teki mieli guuglata mitkä lukuisat historialliset viittaukset ja henkilöt olisivat voineet olla totta Beltránin elämässä: heidän kotonaan illallistaneella Yul Br ...more
I read The Movies of My Life by Alberto Fuguet yesterday. Fuguet is one of the leading representitives of McOndo ( a pun on the mythic region of Garcia Marquez's Cien Anos) which is known for being hyperviolent, bilingual and self-referential. The book started strong, noting the mindest of the seismologist protagonist. It has an unconvincing turn and then the subsequent narrative appeared under-developed. That said, I remainc urious about this contemporary movement. I am unsure where to proceed ...more
Silvio Curtis
Tiene esa tema favorita de las novelas realísticas, una familia que por razones completamente triviales no es feliz. El protagonista narra su experiencia como un niño en ese familia en el formato de comentarios sobre las películas que veía. Por cada película, cuenta qué pasaba en su vida cuando lo vio y quiénes fueron las personas que lo vieron con él. (¡Yo podría hacer lo mismo con los libros que he leído!) Pero seguro ver las películas me hubiera aburrido menos que leer este libro.
Intriguing, unexpected twists with earthquakes and seismology an integral part of the main character's life. Interesting take on growing up in the USA as the child of immigrants and then living the life of an immigrant in the parent's homeland later in life. The character saw LOTS of movies that were used as reference points as he tells his story. Jogged many memories for me although many were not my type of movie: Westworld, Earthquake, etc. It is also available in Spanish.
Creo que esta novela es la mejor lograda de Fuguet. A pesar de sus tintes autobiográficos, los cuales son itinerantes en cada creación de este escritor, es interesante el recorrido que hace el autor desde los sesenta ambientados en California hasta los ochenta de Pinochet en Chile. Se viven esos periodos desde otra perspectiva. Como siempre creo que esos datos hacen más rica a la historia, y hacen que uno se adentre en la novela.
The book did jump around a lot and possibly include unnessary details about the conversations with the sister and woman on the plane, but overall I enjoyed the parallels that were being drawn between chile and the States. This was done with examples from history, the structure and cohesiveness of the family, popular culture, and how each culture views "foreigners".
This semi-autobiographical novel by the Chilean writer has received a significant amount of critical attention. Using the films he saw as a way to characterize this time in his life, the protaganist rather suddenly finds himself back in Chile, coming home to live under Augusto Pinochet's regime.

May 13, 2008 Nereyda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nereyda by: DRH
I really loved this book, didn't expect much...but i loved the way he narrated his childhood/adolescence combined with movies. It made me laugh at some points and brought me close to tears in others.

I also liked a lot the references to the history of Chile.

A page turner.
I hated this book in the beginning, but it started to turn around by the second half. I read if for a book club. I didn't finish reading in time for the book club, but our discussion was interesting enough that I wanted to see how it turned out. In the end I liked it okay.
This is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. Usually when I like a book, I fly through it. This one took me several weeks to read, and I think it's because I wanted to savor every word...and that I did. I would definitely recommend it.
Curioso libro: ambientada en dos mundos diferentes, pero a la vez muy parecidos - la california de Nixon y el santiago de Pinochet - una novela sobre dos mundos, dos idiomas.
I own the Spanish version of this, and practice reading it out loud sometimes--lots of dialog. I haven't read the English version, so I'm probably missing something.
Donald Quist
Better left a blog entry. A disappointing effort from one of the leaders of one of the biggest literary movements in recent memory, Mcondo.
Pablo Paz
muy bueno. me encantó la breve aparición del paz y el vicuña en el juanchos.. muy chevre
Me entretuvo un par de días del verano 2007.
Bonnie Jeanne
Jan 25, 2009 Bonnie Jeanne marked it as to-read
The Movies of My Life by Alberto Fuguet (2003)
Maria Paula Lorgia
Primer Libro de Fuguet, me encantó.
Fabrício Calado
Do meio pro fim fica muito melhor!
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