Above the Line: My Wild Oats Adventure by Shirley MacLaine

By Shirley MacLaine

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

Her agent informed her to not get at the airplane. The male leads weren’t even forged. The financing used to be shaky at top. The script were re-written numerous occasions. And but anything approximately Wild Oats lured Shirley MacLaine to the film’s situation shoot within the distant Canary Islands—and directly to the heart 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 forged and workforce face unpredictable day-by-day stumbling blocks with ingenuity, grit, and private sacrifice. but the chaos leads Shirley to a revelatory new knowing of the death of 1 of history’s such a lot elusive but eternally exciting 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 attention-grabbing corollaries among the island’s cataclysmic destiny and our personal harmful trajectory. do we research the teachings the electorate of Atlantis didn't comprehend?

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

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Thus, the first twenty-six of my thirty-one years of working life ran pari passu with the spectacle of the decline and fall of the British Empire in India, and if the working life continued for five more years that had little political significance, for the real post-independence India did not begin to emerge until the Fifties were well on. The five years from 1947 to 1952 were the twilight of the Empire after its sun had set. But the sunset was not in India alone. After the abandonment of India there was no possibility of the survival of British rule over non-European peoples anywhere in the world; and not only that, the rule of other European countries, too, was doomed at the same time.

Many even glorify it. But there are also others who write with romantic nostalgia about the last days of the Empire, reconciling themselves to its disappearance with the words of King Arthur: The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Comfort thyself. The Indians, on their part, do not need comfort, they congratulate themselves as the legatees of the British, and they cannot be critical about the demise of their political father, even if his death was due to political delirium tremens and political tertiary syphilis.

Thus, the first twenty-six of my thirty-one years of working life ran pari passu with the spectacle of the decline and fall of the British Empire in India, and if the working life continued for five more years that had little political significance, for the real post-independence India did not begin to emerge until the Fifties were well on. The five years from 1947 to 1952 were the twilight of the Empire after its sun had set. But the sunset was not in India alone. After the abandonment of India there was no possibility of the survival of British rule over non-European peoples anywhere in the world; and not only that, the rule of other European countries, too, was doomed at the same time.

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