Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir

Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir

Gore Vidal


The exceptional 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 awesome existence with the signature wit and literary attractiveness that's uniquely his. The identify refers to a kind of navigation he resorted to as a primary mate within the army in the course of global conflict II. As he says, “As i used to be scripting this account of my existence and instances for the reason 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 superbly apt analogy for the dangers (mostly) eluded in the course of his eventful existence and for a way this memoir proceeds—far from linear yet consistently on course.

From his desks in Ravello and the Hollywood Hills, Gore Vidal travels in reminiscence in the course of the arenas of literature, tv, movie, theater, politics and foreign society the place he has lower a vast swath, recounting achievements and defeats, pals 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 number of the book’s such a lot relocating pages are dedicated to the ailment and demise of his companion of 5 a long time, Howard Austen, and certainly the e-book 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 in the world that manages to be right now supremely wonderful, perpetually provocative, and punctiliously relocating.

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