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A Potrait of the Artist as a Not Very Nice Man,
By A Customer
This review is from: Bruce Chatwin (Hardcover)
Nicholas Shakespeare has written a very impressive biography of an author who was as complex and elusive in his persona as his work is crystalline in its clarity. Those who like their heroes to be as inspiring as their prose should look elsewhere. Chatwin displayed all the ruthlessness of many creative artist as he exploited his friends, and most especially his devoted and long suffering wife, in the pursuit of his destiny. Shakespeare's biography is scrupuously fair, exhaustively researched and superbly written. I'm left wondering what my reaction to Chatwin's work would have been had I read this first.