14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Slipstream: A Memoir (Paperback)
I wanted to read this after seeing a serialisation of it in one of the Sunday papers, which concentrated on the relationship between the author and Kingsley Amis. Once dipped in, I was totally immersed. The characters are so finely drawn and I thought the whole thing raised many issues about feminism, art, relationships and psychology without referring to them directly or being very opinionated. I thought the author showed a great deal of humility and generosity to the other characters in her life and many of her experiences struck a chord with me. She made decisions and choices in her life diametrically opposed to what I would do, and yet wrote about it in such a way to keep me sympathetic to her. She has made me want to communicate with her directly.
There is a satisfying wholeness to this autobiography because it encompasses a life of nearly 80 years, taking you through all the phases - not just a crowing of some one who's made it and still has half their life to go.