Above the Line: My Wild Oats Adventure by Shirley MacLaine

By Shirley MacLaine

A humorous, fierce, ingenious memoir chronicling New York instances bestselling writer and Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine’s outstanding studies filming Wild Oats in the Canary Islands and the extreme stories her time there introduced forth of a earlier existence at the misplaced continent of Atlantis.

Her agent informed her to not get at the airplane. The male leads weren’t even solid. The financing was once shaky at most sensible. The script have been re-written numerous occasions. And but anything approximately Wild Oats lured Shirley MacLaine to the film’s place shoot within the distant Canary Islands—and directly to the guts of 1 of the main exciting and paradigm-shifting adventures of her life.

The making of the movie reads like a screwball comedy, because the solid and group face unpredictable day-by-day stumbling blocks with ingenuity, grit, and private sacrifice. but the chaos leads Shirley to a revelatory new figuring out of the dying of 1 of history’s so much elusive but without end interesting areas. students have lengthy theorized that Spain’s Canary Islands are the remnants of the powerful misplaced continent of Atlantis. because the motion picture set descends into pandemonium, Shirley unearths interesting corollaries among the island’s cataclysmic destiny and our personal harmful trajectory. do we study the teachings the voters of Atlantis did not comprehend?

The resolution is borne out of recovered thoughts from Shirley’s previous existence on Atlantis and during a chain of meditations that show the need of unfettered mind's eye while searching for daring new truths, rendering this evocative memoir crucial studying for an individual looking a broader realizing of what it potential to be human—both the place we got here from and the place we're going.

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This work is not an "imaginary autobiography," though it takes some slight liberty with a few scenes and names. But "veracity"? I know something of the cunning of desire, duplicity of memoration. Against these, we can only summon the will to authenticity, in mutual trust. Page xi Acknowledgments The first chapter of this work appeared, rather differently, in the Kenyon Review (Summer 1983) and the second appeared, in an earlier, shorter form, in SubStance 37/38 (Winter-Spring 1983). My appreciation endures for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and for the Vilas Trust Estate: their support has made this, as earlier, writing an integral part of my work.

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