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""Try to Tell the Story" is a fine book, modest and self-effacing but also forthright and uncompromising."-Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post" "At heart, Thomson's memoir is an attempt to reckon with his father's semi-abandonment, and underneath its conversational, sometimes terse voice, there is a choking anguish."-Peter Terzian, "Los Angeles Times""Moving and provocative . . . A tribute to the gentler members of his family, an attempt to understand his father . . . and a vital exploration of how England, America, and the arts-not just film but literature and music as well-turned him from a . . . stammering schoolboy into an interpreter extraordinaire."-Kerry Fried, "Newsday" "A renowned film critic and historian, a novelist and occasional screenwriter . . . He has already staked a career on his ability to recount the lives of others, often with breathtaking concision . . . So it's that much more satisfying to realize that Thomson has given us one

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