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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620552817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620552810
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“An autobiographical work by an octogenarian, The Dance of Reality begs to be read as a culminating work . . .” (Los Angeles Times)

“His films El Topo and The Holy Mountain were trippy, perverse, and blasphemous.” (Wall Street Journal)

“. . . The Dance of Reality [film is] a trippy but bighearted reimagining of the young Alejandro’s unhappy childhood in a Chilean town . . .” (New York Times Magazine)

“Beginning his unorthodox autobiography in Chile, where he grew up as the child of Russian Jews in exile, writer and filmmaker Jodorowsky sketches the squalor and desperation of his birthplace. It's here that the foundations of his spiritual liberation are laid in opposition to the violent deaths and poverty that surround him, as well as the brutal sadism of his father. His artistic pursuits from poetry to dance to theater, are also the pursuit of mystical understanding. As with his films (El Topo, The Holy Mountain), his style is vivid and dramatic, rich with symbolism. While his narrative concentrates on relatively few events, by this editing and highlighting he creates a tapestry that is both linear and complex. The author manages to craft scenes of intense surrealism while never losing sight of the human experiences of love, loss, fear, and wonder. The final chapters focus on how his ideas about creativity that he calls "psychomagic" can be actualized; for him, art is a means of freedom from what he calls 'the prison of the rational.'” (Publishers Weekly, July 2014)

About the Author

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a filmmaker who made the legendary cult films El Topo and The Holy Mountain. His most recent film, The Dance of Reality, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Psychomagic, The Way of Tarot, and Metagenealogy. He lives in Paris.

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Positioned, I guess, somewhere between The Spiritual Journey (the better book in my view) and Psychomagic (not so good), this is a psychological autobiography recounting key moments (and their impacts) in Jodo's life, rather than a chronological accounts. As such it's fine; funny in parts, insightful in others, but he has written better. I have read most of Jodo's books that have come out in English recently and also note quite a bit of repetition as the stories get told again (sometimes in almost exactly the same seemingly cut-and-pasted words) but Jodo is usually a rewarding read and some of his stories are funny so the repetition doesn't grate too much but it's noticeable.
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One of my favourite books.
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HASH(0x9249ff44) out of 5 stars what a tale 8 Oct. 2014
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Of myself and you beyond the material comprehension we have been bound to.

What a gift Mr Jodorowsky. Your journey has become mine as well.
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HASH(0x933ccee8) out of 5 stars Great book to dive into his world 19 Sept. 2014
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Jodorowsky's mind is incredible. Great book to dive into his world.
HASH(0x9256006c) out of 5 stars I truly recommend this book 20 Jan. 2016
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I truly recommend this book! It's amazing the sensibility of Alejandro Jodorowsky to write about life, art and spirituality.
HASH(0x930781ec) out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Jun. 2016
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Jodorowsky is an exceptional human being. A remarkably deep, sensitive, and fascinating autobiography.
HASH(0x92560d20) out of 5 stars Great. Dunes was even 28 May 2016
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Great. Dunes was even better
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