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It would be too easy to say Vidal's second memoir picks up where Palimpsest left off; as in that earlier book, he essentially lets his memories flow at will, often revisiting yet again the stories of his Washington childhood. The general focus, however, is on the latter half of his life, particularly the deaths of those closest to him, including his longtime companion, Howard Auster. Yet Vidal changes subjects and tone so frequently and abruptly—here tender, here combative—that the family memories and celebrity anecdotes become scattershot, limping to a close with a bizarre summary of somebody else's theory about how organized crime bosses ordered the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Assured of his own genius ("I have never needed an editor"), he repeatedly slams biographer Fred Kaplan as "dull" and sex-obsessed, then jabs at a few other people who've written about him. He also makes frequent observations about the current events unfolding as he writes, and his criticisms of the New York Times and the Bush administration's "oil-and-gas junta" will come as no surprise. In short, the memoir is a perfect encapsulation of Vidal's outsized personality—and readers' reactions will be determined by how they already feel about him. (Nov. 7)
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One of America's most distinguished writers recalls, once again, following his previous glance backward in Palimpsest (1995), even more events in his inarguably interesting life. Vidal's new volume of self-revelation free-ranges over his more than eight decades as he eschews a particularly strict time line. Chapters are short, like brief scenes in a movie; indeed, cinema is the book's recurring, binding metaphor. Movies he has seen are discussed, and movies he has written for are also part of his discussion; but also, as any reader knows who has read the latter volumes in his American Chronicles cycle of historical novels, he is ever conscious of the cinema as a significant cultural and political force. Sprinkled throughout the narrative are signs of his liberal politics (for instance, when he posits "the criminalizing of drugs and sex is very much a sign of that malign primitivism which has always reigned in Freedom's Land"). Certainly one of the best treats of the book is that Vidal has known many famous people, whom he mentions with a genuine interest in sharing what about them interested him. And Vidal always can be appreciated for his beautiful prose style alone. Brad Hooper
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307275019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307275011
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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