This explosively entertaining memoir abounds in gossip, satire, historical apercus , and trenchant observations. Vidal’s compelling narrative. Vidal’s account of his first 39 years includes his reminiscences of a host of prominent Gore Vidal, Author Penguin Books $20 (p) ISBN Aside from being an essayist, novelist and screenwriter, Gore Vidal in his memoir Palimpsest that he was “attracted to adolescent males”.

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Aug 11, John Kissane rated it liked it. Personally, I found his views on love and sexuality to be the most interesting part of this book. Number 6 in series.


Something amusing and — I think — Gorw. He says that his one great love died when he was young and he was unable to really love again. Show 25 25 50 All. Al Jock, Jake, Jack, mi son persa. The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. Another thing was gote certain, that as soon as he was safely dead a whole flock of carrion crows and a swarm of biliously-disposed serpents would have a field day.

The subtleties of the male world, inaccessible to women because they have their own equally inaccessible to us, is also for palimlsest men too strange or even alarming to venture into, which I think is what is being indicated here. So naturally he was also hated because he was feared, all to little avail of course.

Yes says Vidal, he did for a vidla, and that’s all that’s necessary, to look like that – to be like that – for a time. Using this website means you are okay with this but you can find out more and learn how to manage your cookie choices here. GV was renowned a Memoir of the American author. The result is something quite novel and wonderfully appealing, a critical biography of himself Recommended to Thirstyicon by: I sometimes find that I like literary biographies of authors more than the books they wrote, and I’ve never read any books by Gore Vidal.


So I am not ready to leave him yet. Now what was that lovely viidal that Osbert and I became so fond of in New York?

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Edith Sitwell is especially choice: YES I have read and consent to Hachette Australia using my personal information or data as set out in its Privacy Policy and I understand I have the right to withdraw my consent at any time. Death, summer, youth — this triad contrives to haunt me every day of my life for it was in summer that visal generation left school for war, and several dozen that one knew but strictly speaking, did not love, except perhaps for one were killed, and so never lived to know what I have known — the Beatles, black power, the Administration of Richard Nixon — all this has taken place in a palmpsest after-time and has nothing to do with anything that really mattered, with summer and someone hardly remembered, a gpre so abruptly translated from vivid, well-loved if briefly flesh to a few scraps of bone and cartilage scattered among the volcanic rocks of Iwo Jima.

Of course one would need the same easy talent with words as its author to say anything that would do it justice. The book ends with – what else? It is also a proud and serious and truthful book Forster that had been meant for Tennessee Williams:. In the end it seemed plimpsest like a coward’s excuse to not have to love again. When discussing his bisexuality and homoeroticism in youth he writes that “we were true pagans who knew nothing about categories.


Apr 09, Richard Jespers rated it it was amazing. She had a motto emblazoned on her sofa-cushion in Georgetown: Jan 05, M. Vidal’s lengthy disquisition on the Kennedys is easily the most self-indulgent and boring chapter in the book.

The Carl Rogers Reader. The Essential Gore Vidal. It is typically well written, entertaining and, even when it seems merely to resort to idle gossip about movie stars, writers, his bizarre family or life among the American ruling class with which he was associated, it seems perfectly justified as the stories within it are some of the juiciest one is ever likely to come across.

Want to Read saving…. There is also quite a lot of political gossip, which throws an interesting light on American politics in the early s. Aug 01, Greg Heaton rated it liked it. I’ve read it several times due to the layering technique that Vidal uses.

And there in the grass is a stone slab, bearing the names and dates of birth of Vidal and his lifelong companion Howard Austen. Perhaps the gorgon masquerading as his mothers overshadowed much of the story so I was palimpses anxious that she’d show up again and lash out with malice and cruelty.