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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Nonetheless Vidal is a born novelist who could point a reader to the fun stuff in any life, even someone far more boring than him like Jesus Christ. Palimpsest fills in the blanks. Vidal has written often and well about himself and others.

He must have been chuckling sardonically from the other side of the grave. Vidals incredible life and his wit is consistent throughout. Nonostante sia una voce diretta della cultura americana, nonostante racconti retroscena divertenti e sconosciuti, nonostante si parli di ogni personaggio famoso dagli anni 40 in poi, non riesce gorf ad essere coinvolgente.

Still, you go in knowing what you are pa,impsest, and the writing is sharp. A link to my review: Gore Vidal can be laugh out loud funny.

Palimpsest: A Memoir

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Gores life take him from being navigator on a navy ship in the Pacific Ocean during World War Two to an esteemed writer living in peace among the Italian hills and everything in between.

He shared the essence of who he is palompsest clarity, style and honesty. Palimpsest by Gore Vidal.


Books by Gore Vidal. The Dumpling Sisters Cookbook: He chooses to “let the cup pass unto” another candidate, who promptly wins it by a landslide – thanks to Vidal, of course. Vidal and Jackie Kennedy Onassis shared a common stepfather, whom both of their mothers had married for his money.

These memories were recorded during and and completed-or abandoned-in March of Vidal ran for political office twi Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. The Carl Rogers Reader.

In his rather sere and melancholy condition, Vidal vida, some old stories rather less well than he recounted them the first time.


Christopher Hitchens reviews ‘Palimpsest’ by Gore Vidal · LRB 19 October

The story he intends to convey means nothing, but a throwaway line that is mentioned almost innocuously is of interest. Simply a delight, as only he can deliver. One is propelled along by the memoirs and his current ruminating on writing his memoirs which he does along the way. Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote ‘The Narratives of a Golden Age’ series as well as countless bestsellers.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, if you gorr interested in reading about Gore’s experiences and stories about other writers Kerouac, Palim;sest, and the previously mentioned writers too.

Did he really look like that? Highly enjoyable – in terms of prose as well as details and secrets. Step-brother to Jackie Kennedy Onassis nee Bouvier and her sister Caroline Lee, and generally very well-connected from an early age, Vidal is nevertheless at pains to observe throughout the book that the essential choice he made was never to let his possible privileges make him passive. I Told You So: And, if retrospectively proved encounters with underage males in foreign jurisdictions were to make a writer unpalatable, then there would be many gaps in the literary canon.

He is a master manipulator of words and stories and Gode Kennedy and Truman Capote especially find themselves targets. This is rank heresy to the gay brotherhood, crypto-fascists all, because it denies them the pleasurably-martyred opportunity of feeling special because uniquely persecuted on account of their tragic destinies, rather as Jewish critics of Israeli policies are more savagely denounced as traitors to the cause than non-Jews.

I’m not a huge fan of Gore’s novels, but this memoir, and to a slightly lesser extent its followup Point to Point Navigation is fascinating and entertaining. Paperbackpages. Vidal himself even stood or ran for election at the time that Jack Kennedy was running for President, though he did not have a high opinion of most of the other members of the Kennedy administration, or of Kennedy himself, whom he regarded as a warmonger.

At the start of our story in the present, as an old man he meets with Jimmie’s mother. Personally, I found his views palimpest love and sexuality glre be the most interesting part of this book.


And then there is the matter of Lewis Carrollwho, if photographing and writing today, would surely not have escaped the attentions of Operation Yewtree. Dec 17, RunRachelRun rated it really liked it Shelves: In fact, he has written better. It is also a proud papimpsest serious and truthful book As the title suggests, he jumps backwards and forwards in time, sometimes writing over what he has already written, and somet I’m not quite sure why I took this book out of the library.

Very easy reading as it is frothy material-stories about the people Vidal knew and he seemed to know everyone.

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The chief enchantment of this book has not to do with the celebrated dust-ups between himself and Mailer, himself and Capote, palimpsesr and Tennessee Williams, or himself and William Buckley. Grace Kelly at the time of her marriage is fat and rapidly ageing, willing to play goee on a rock above a casino to escape the fate of Loretta Young and Joan Crawford – that of an gasp old actress in the makeup chair before everyone else.

Lee Radziwill whose secret service codename was supposedly ‘rancidass’ is so loathed that her presence dominates the Kennedy Administration for him and therefore us.

For instance, Joe Orton’s plays could never be performed again, as the diaries published after his death are explicit about why he found Tangiers ogre the s such an agreeable location for vacations.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage; his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation through marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Yet what exactly is it: Now what was that lovely drink that Osbert and I became so fond of in New York? This website uses cookies.

Number 2 in series. This book was okay.