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A combination of Vidal's usual smug sense of entitlement as a scion of the ruling class and a meandering approach to name-dropping with a vengeance produce an effect that may not... Read morePublished 4 months ago by othoniaboys
Not as illuminating or entertaining as his first memoir, it still provides a good read for anyone interested in Vidal's life, writings and personality.Published 4 months ago by anonymous
This is composed in short bursts of anecdotes and subject groupings that make the book perfect for picking up and putting down at intervals. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brad Smith
A must for any Gore Vidal fan, although the meandering anecdotes betray his age. And I still don't understand what he had against Roosevelt.Published 21 months ago by Dr Garry
I am an admirer of Vidal and have read his two autobiographical books. The only complaint I have is that he repeats too much of his childhood experiences in each book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by James W. Ireland
Apart from the moving description of his companion Howard Auter's death (and even there he does not describe his grief) this book says very little of importance or even interest. Read morePublished 22 months ago by sharon_beth_long
i did not think it was as well written as Palimpsest and i thought the editing was not so great. but i am glad that i read the book.Published 24 months ago by Sent_to_KY
I do believe that Vidal was a smart and clever writer. However I was overwhelmed by his narcissism.
Glad it's over with.
This book was not an easy read and I have read many of his works. He didn't flow with one thought but flitted through many and lost track of the original thought many times. Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by stephanie