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Palimpsest: A Memoir Paperback – September 1, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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That is curious, considering Vidal has never been shy about speaking his mind and airing his (and everyone else) dirty laundry in public. He remains one of the most gifted American writers, but his true brilliance is in writing essays, not autobiography.
accounts. Gore recalls something of the private life of those two; at Palm Beach, having cocktails after the beach, and speaks a bit of how Jackie's value had become enhanced with her husband and her raucus in-laws as she more and more captured the attention and heart of the and some would argue, the world. Previous to her rising star, we are told, Jack virtually ignored her. So much for the glamour of the mythic couple. Jackie and Gore, one-time stepsibs, would later part ways. This enmity arose from the consuming hatred between Gore and Bobby Kennedy- so combustible that a violent episode was just barely avoided at a White House official dinner.
Vidal's ill-fated runs for political office are the most boring parts of the memoir; however they're well compensated by his reminiscences over Tennessee Williams called affectionately, Bird. With his aristocratic disdain, Vidal's eye as well as his pen cut satisfyingly throughout his well-attended and celebrated life.Read more ›
At the end of the day, I found this to be an anecdotical as oposed as insightful autobiography, and it seems to me, the reason for this is his lack of emotional insight in his every day life. Nothing wrong with that, but is not something I like to read.
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I tried to read this when it was first published. I guess I didn't realize that Gore was homosexual at the time. Now with that knowledge it make more sense. Read morePublished 2 months ago by F. Denise Roe
Gore Vidal, for all his brilliance, has no idea what a memoir is, and in this book wanders willy-nilly making mostly superficial gossipy remarks, either negative or oddball, about... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chuck Taylor
With Gore, nothing is sacred, and this volume of his memoirs does not disappoint - a brilliantly written account of his first 39 years seems to encompass not one, but several... Read morePublished 8 months ago by loverman
Great book have always admired his wit and honesty. Good readPublished 18 months ago by Bette Davis
The book brings out the controversial personality of Mr. Vidal. The stories are good, if the elaboration of the sex can be filtered. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Sekhar Banerjee
I like Gore Vidal's collected essays and I read his novel of Lincoln, which I found enjoyable, but he has always carried with him a venomous disregard for virtually everyone he has... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by William Bitterwood