Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir

Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir

Gore Vidal

The incredible sequel to Gore Vidals acclaimed, bestselling memoir, Palimpsest.

In Point to indicate Navigation, the distinguished novelist, essayist, critic, and controversialist Gore Vidal levels freely over his notable existence with the signature wit and literary splendor that's uniquely his. The identify refers to a sort of navigation he resorted to as a primary mate within the army in the course of global struggle II. As he says, “As i used to be scripting this account of my lifestyles and occasions when you consider that Palimpsest, I felt as though I have been back facing these capes and rocks within the Bering Sea that we needed to navigate so frequently with a compass made inoperable by way of weather.” it's a fantastically apt analogy for the dangers (mostly) eluded in the course of his eventful lifestyles and for how this memoir proceeds—far from linear yet constantly on course.

From his desks in Ravello and the Hollywood Hills, Gore Vidal travels in reminiscence during the arenas of literature, tv, movie, theater, politics and foreign society the place he has reduce a large swath, recounting achievements and defeats, buddies and enemies made (and on a couple of events lost). one of the collecting of notables to be present in those pages, sketched with a draftsman’s ease and evoked with the panache of 1 of our nice raconteurs, are Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, Tennessee Williams (the “Glorious Bird”), Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles, Johnny Carson, Greta Garbo, Federico Fellini, Rudolph Nureyev, Elia Kazan, and Francis Ford Coppola. a few of the book’s so much relocating pages are dedicated to the affliction and dying of his companion of 5 a long time, Howard Austen, and certainly the booklet is, between different issues, a meditation on mortality written within the spirit of Montaigne.

Elegiac but important or even ornery, Point to indicate Navigation is a summing-up of Gore Vidal’s time on the earth that manages to be straight away supremely pleasing, eternally provocative, and punctiliously relocating.

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