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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408820455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408820452
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paris may well be White's pearl, but he is in fact the real pearl, moving around inside an aloof and unforgiving social hub. Few living writers are as able as White to evoke life as a busy, complex, deeply silly and at times moving experience. He sees everything and reveals even more. This wonderfully eccentric, conversational and personalised cultural history contains the essence of Edmund White . Entertaining and wry, White is worldly-wise and wise ... Edmund White misses very little about either himself or others (Eileen Battersby, Irish Times)

Edmund White writing about his Paris years, with walk-on parts for Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint-Laurent and other assorted members of the French glitterati? That'd be Inside a Pearl (Scotsman)

There is at once something artfully canny and beguilingly innocent about Inside a Pearl . Each life is invaluable to its possessor; very few autobiographies come close to encapsulating that vitality. This is one such. You want to hold on to him, will him to live more, live longer and write about more years (Independent)

We are lucky to have him still publishing . diverting, affectionate as well as bitchy, and full of tips (London Evening Standard)

In the end, this dazzling memoir isn't just a love song to a city - a city "so calm" it is "like living inside a pearl" - but profoundly moving elegy to a friend (Sunday Times)

***** (Mail on Sunday)

White dazzles his readers with anecdotes about the rich and brilliant people he met in Marie-Claude's orbit and through his work for American Vogue (Observer)

Gossipy, sharp and funny (Sunday Times Must Reads)

Very readable, gossipy and name-dropping (Scotsman)

Delightful to read ... Beautifully crafted sentences ... There is nothing dowdy about Inside a Pearl; there is much kindliness, indomitable spirit, smiley self-regard, with smatterings of common sense and an abundance of what White calls "silly fun" (Literary Review)

An enchanting stream of anecdote, observation, impropriety and erudition ... A brilliant and engaging though none too rigorous, monologue by a self-described archaeologist of gossip ... Provocative, beguiling, funny (Simon Callow, Book of the Week, Guardian)

An exquisitely written work (Spectator)

A superbly witty raconteur (Daily Telegraph)

A masterly memoirist, he never loses sight of the figure he cuts (Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement)

Few can match Edmund White for precision and humour in writing ... Inside a Pearl is a trove of insights into the French psyche and their peccadilloes (Irish Examiner)

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A literary treat: a memoir of Edmund White's years among the cultural and intellectual elite of 1980s Paris

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steam on 24 April 2014
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I thought it would be more interesting as i am very interested in those years in Paris but the endless pages about his pick ups and his humping his young bimbo boyfriends was really boring. Who cares about that!!! It's as boring as a straight guy telling about his conquests and humping dozens of bimbos.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Giles Penfold on 6 May 2014
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I was told this book was just gossip; but it is not even that. It is mainly a list of hundreds of famous people White claims to be friendly or intimate with, and another list of supposedly 'amusing' people who tend to be mindless, fashion-conscious self-absorbed and self-important snobs. He does a nice line is trashing people who have lavished hospitality on him (the princess in Venice), boasts about lying, both to get a job (at Vogue) and, repulsively, to fool potential sexual partners worried about AIDS (he keeps mum about his 3,000 [sic] partners.) He throws in scores of absurd and provably false generalisations ('satire is always conservative' - so, not read Le Canard Enchaine, then?)The icing on the cake: he calls his OWN STUDY OF GENET 'the definitive biography' ! The publishers, Bloomsbury, have disgraced themselves offering this garbage to the public.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Essie on 19 Mar. 2014
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All the critics I read loved it. I did not. He writes well and intelligently but it is really just non stop name dropping and listing his sexual conquests. There was not enough about Paris. Very disappointed. Misleading title too
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Interesting observations on France and the French, but full of name dropping to the point of being boring.
Details of White's and his acquaintances hedonistic activities are quite revolting.
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Don't believe the hyperbole on the back of this book, the gushing remarks. It starts off interestingly, well written, and some interesting comparisons between American and European living. But the reader quickly realises that the White's real interest in life appears to be toyboys some thirty years younger than him. White boasts about his sauna soirees with strangers, and regards everything else with a tiresome flippancy. Even his contracting HIV seems to be a brief and inconvenient detour from a life spent at dinner parties and on holiday. Avoid.
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By Deep Reader VINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2015
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Fans of Edmund White, and probably most fans of gay literature, are going to like this book a lot. Ostensibly about Paris it is more about one guy's milieu in that great city, allowing for trips to London and Syria and a muted remembrance of New York. Most of all it is about name dropping and especially about the sex lives of the more or less famous. Edmund White delivers the goods in terms of readability but to learn about Paris, underside or otherwise, go elsewhere. This is for lovers of the higher gossip.
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I bought this because I'd read a good review for it but Oh! No! I didn't like it. I kept going to the end as he did come across lots of famous people in Paris & London like Julian Barnes but it wasn't saved - still boring!
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