On the same August day in 1969 that a crazed hippie "family" led by Charles Manson commits five savage murders in the canyons above Los Angeles, a young ex-communicated seminarian arrives with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift - "the two most beautiful people in the history of the movies" - tattooed on his head. At once childlike and violent, Vikar is not a cineaste but "cineautistic", sleeping at night in the Roosevelt Hotel where he's haunted by the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a culture in upheaval: strange drugs that frighten him, a strange sexuality that consumes him, a strange music he doesn't understand. Over the course of the 70s and into the 80s, he pursues his obsession with film from one screening to the next and through a series of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks, and veteran film editors, only to discover a secret whose clues lie in every film ever made.
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- M. Ackerman
Wow, this book is amazing!
The sneaky thematic ending that ties the entire book together. I had to go back and listen again once I got it. I won't spoil it though.
Vikar, the main character, is really unique and weirdly lovable.
This is a book about movies, but that doesn't really give any information about what you're about to get yourself into. The prose in the book is truly sparse and beautiful. The characters are distinct and complicated. The plot is creative, unpredictable and very satisfying. The theme goes throughout the book, but I didn't catch on until the end. It's one of my top 10 favorite audiobooks ever. I liked the narrator, and because Vikar is so likable. I will probably follow Bronson Pinchot because I came to like his voice so much.