Flicker in the Porthole Glass

4.2 avg rating
( 5 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780971805903: Flicker in the Porthole Glass

Fiction. Jack Ruineux, projectionist at a run-down movie theater in Philadelphia, struggles to reconcile Hollywood imagery with his dreary quotidian existence. Alienated from his family, haunted by dark memories of his youth, Ruineux casts himself into an inner world where history, myth, memory, and nostalgia blend in whims of self-reinvention. His concerned lover attempts an emphatic understanding, and seeks to "fill in the gaps" of his broken narrative in order to make whole a Ruineux with whom she can enjoy a profound connection.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

Jack Ruineux, projectionist at a run-down movie theater in Philadelphia, struggles to reconcile Hollywood imagery with his dreary quotidian existence. Alienated from family, haunted by dark memories of his youth, Ruineux casts himself into an inner world where history, myth, memory, and nostalgia blend in whims of self-reinvention. These he obsessively documents, typing them up at his desk in the projection booth. Nostalgic for a life as yet unlived, Ruineux fixes on the idea of himself as an addled old man playing out his final days in the dilapidated Hotel Vendig. Jasmine, his lover, tries to cure Ruineux of the condition she calls "Complex 35," a reference to the Simplex 35 projectors he operates. It’s a condition, she fears, that will speed him on his way to a future of isolation and loneliness. Frustrated, unable to draw Ruineux out, she attempts an empathic understanding, relating their story in a narrative that is at once of Ruineux and outside Ruineux. By! "filling in the gaps," she hopes discover the means to make whole a Ruineux with whom she can enjoy a profound connection.

About the Author:

Edward Desautels lives in Townsend, Massachusetts. He has worked as a bartender, rockabilly guitarist, nightclub manager, movie theater projectionist, feature writer, and technical editor. His fiction and hypertexts have appeared in Haydens Ferry Review, Little Magazine, Pennsylvania English, and on the CD Gravitational Intrigue: an anthology of emergent hypermedia.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Desautels, Edward
Published by Mammoth Books (2002)
ISBN 10: 0971805903 ISBN 13: 9780971805903
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Open Books
(Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mammoth Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. general wear, small pricing sticker on back cover Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000195235

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 6.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Edward Desautels
Published by Mammoth Books (2002)
ISBN 10: 0971805903 ISBN 13: 9780971805903
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mammoth Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0971805903

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 56.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds