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Posted November 18, 2010
Posted October 19, 2010
Engaging and entertaining, the book is a poignant tale of a young man's search for his identity set against the sweeping backdrop of Texas and the birth of a new era - motion pictures. Some laughter, some sorrow, some quirkiness, and a few plot twists - its just a great story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2010
Mr. Robertson provides a truly outstanding story about the birth of motion pictures, told from the point of view of a turn-of-the-century opportunist named Jubal Wilkinson. He writes lovingly about an industry and place that he obviously has researched or knows very, very well. The author does a great job of capturing the feelings of that time and place (Blanco & Austin, TX). He blends an excellent grasp of facts about early projectors and theater operations, with an emotional and revealing personal story of someone who participated directly in each step of the early movie industry. As a technical geek, I loved the detail on the theory and operations of early equipment and filming. As a former Austinite, I loved the reference to early 20th century Austin city scene. As a lifelong movie buff, I loved getting a primer on how movies evolved. As a fan of great story-tellers, I particularly loved the authenticity, poignancy, and sharply humorous telling of Jubal's life story. Great airplane read. Go for it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.