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Palimpsest: A Memoir
Palimpsest A Memoir
Author: Gore Vidal
This explosively entertaining memoir abounds in gossip, satire, historical apercus, and trenchant observations. Vidal's compelling narrative weaves back and forth in time, providing a whole view of the author's celebrated life, from his birth in 1925 to today, and features a cast of memorable characters--including the Kennedy family, Marlon Bran...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780140260892
ISBN-10: 0140260897
Publication Date: 9/1/1996
Pages: 480
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 2
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Vidal has often been a bit too theatrical in his self-presentation--he can't help it seems than to push things a little too far (I'm thinking his later political writings, but you might also think of his tiff with Bill Buckley), and this makes many people take him less seriously than he really deserves to be treated.

This is the first part of his memoirs and it is really good (far better than the second half). Good writing on being "gay" (Vidal thinks everyone's on a sliding scale sexually, so he doesn't appreciate absolutist sexual identities) and being privileged (but not rich) in the WWII and postwar era.

Lots of interesting people pass through, but Vidal's not just namedropping.

And of course lots of interesting (and disputable) observations about Washington and American politics.

One of the best books of its kind that I've ever read.
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As a long time Gore fan, I'm not afraid of being prejudiced. His writing style never ceases to please.Check the word palimpsest in the dictionary before reading.


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