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1.0 out of 5 stars Dry As Old Sticks, 13 July 2007
This review is from: Palimpsest: A Memoir (Paperback)
How could anyone who lived such an interesting life write such a boring book? It's like the only point of this memoir is to score points off his contemporaries. And in so doing, further puff up his already inflated ego.

The guy clearly has no self-awareness whatsoever. Like are we supposed to admire him when he claims he is 100% top in bed and cares not a fig for his partner's satisfaction? Very admirable, Mr Vidal. What a prince amongst men!

His "life partner" is referred to in passing approximately three times in the entire book and is otherwise notable by his absence. As are friends in general. Did Vidal have any? No, just famous acquaintances he could pick apart, if this memoirs is anything to go by.

The structure of the book is as self-consciously clever-clever as is the title. A grab bag of memories scattered like cushions over the overstuffed horsehair sofa of the ultimate prissy literary queen.
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