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Mock on, Vidal, for it is NOT in Vain!,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Golden Age: Number 7 in series (Narratives of empire) (Paperback)
You do not have to agree with every last thing Vidal says in order to find this a highly entertaining literary read. The author is a master of satire. And once again I found myself, as with Lincoln, Burr, Julian and Creation (etc), rushing out to gather an armful of history books to help me read up on the era. Few writers make history so compelling a read, or have the talent to infuse their readers with a desire to know the particular era under consideration, to know more (even if, by the end, you don't quite agree with all Vidal's takes on a subject). He is like an intelligent Cheshire Cat, grinning at all the falderol and pompous nonsense of the world. He will always be a pleasure to the detached reader.
Truth grinning in a canting world.
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