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Things I Didn't Know by [Hughes, Robert]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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"Entertaining" (Geoff Dyer Mail on Sunday)

"This is, as you'd expect, a hugely entertaining book" (Martin Gayford Sunday Telegraph)

"Edgy and engrossing memoir" (Waldemar Januszczak Sunday Times)

"Hughes...deftly intertwines personal and cultural history in this fiercely erudite memoir...it offers a fascinating examination of artistic patrimony and the formation of a critic" (New Yorker)

"Bracingly candid... There isn't a phrase that doesn't reward immediate rereading" (New Statesman)

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What Robert Hughes did for the history of Australia in The Fatal Shore, he now does for his own life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1242 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TSE01K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Mr. G. Morgan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2012
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Hughes is surely the least pretentious and most stylish of art critics. He deploys a marvellously eclectic vocabulary from polysyllabic latinism to salty demotic, spinning yarns that belong to someone who clearly has packed more into his (then 65) years than most. He has a fund of tales and reflection, beginning with his car crash, only then moving to his Catholic childhood and up to his departure to America via England and well-deserved fame.
He is sharp witted, self-aware and a gifted anecdotalist; and whilst one infers he has a decent sized ego, it never interferes with, in fact to some extent it makes, his criticism, refracted through his keen intellect and bolstered by a sense of the ridiculous essential to those dealing too in the sublime. This book is as rich and compelling a read as 'The Fatal Shore', itself a tour de force, and full of honesty, gusto and a fierce free will. Not a word of that appalling neologistic obscurantism that so often passes for criticism and no zeitgeisty genuflections before mammon and Conceptual Art here. Thank goodness, a rubbish-free book in all respects; utterly compelling and thus hard to put down.
Quite marvellous; you'd just LOVE to meet him!
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Knowledgable, erudite and very very funny. Hughes writes about his early experiences in the art world, but also about growing up in Australia, and apart his father's time as a hero of the World War One flying. It is packed with an eclectic mix of information and reminiscence - really solid research, lots of gossip and plenty of laughs - all made a joy to read because Hughes really knows how to write. From a terrible Christmas dinner to the floods of Florence, he moves jolts you from laughter to horror.
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Robert Hughes was undoubtedly one of the best writers on the History of Art and contemporary art & design. His critiques were always lucid and coherent, without resorting to obfuscating jargon, and so it is with this memoir. My only criticism would be that he has spent rather too long at the outset of the autobiography detailing the lives of his ancestors, but then that is often the case with this sort of endeavour. A thoroughly engaging read!
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A tremendous book by an incredible man. Evocative, poignant, witty, informative, even revelatory, a life well lived. Roberts' beautiful prose makes the journey through his early life a joy to discover. So sad he had to leave us so soon.
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This book was advertised as in a very good condition - it wasn't. The cover was stained and peeling and it was a bit dog eared. I paid over £7.00 for it, quite a bit for a knackered old paperback. Contents? It's knackered old Robert Hughes at his best, irascible, carping and emotional, outspoken, miserable and introspective. I loved it.
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I have read other books by him that Ive enjoyed very much, but didnt know anything about his personal life. This book brought a new dimention to the author.
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