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Title: Flicker in the Porthole Glass
ISBN: 0971805903
Publisher: MAMMOTH books
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Pages: 277
Price: $17.95

Flicker in the Porthole Glass centers on Jack Ruineux, projectionist at a run-down movie theater in Philadelphia. 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 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.
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Plot & Themes

Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   eccentric nature

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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