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Virgin Islands Paperback – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349110654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349110653
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,401,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Excellent' -- MAIL ON SUNDAY

'There is not a dull page in this book' Allan Massie, -- SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'Vidal is an irreplaceable voice' -- SUNDAY TIMES

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Format: Hardcover
This collection of essays stands alongside some other masterful bound works. Armageddon, Rocking the Boat etc..
Whittling away with an accuracy and style which looks like it flowed from childhood to a lifetime of learning to paper.
He kicks off with some literary history. Less well known figures in Dawn Powell and Edmund Wilson. I hadn't known them before, but am thirsty for a taste of their works after reading Mr. Vidal's pictorial array of character and output.
He takes in Mark Twain along the way, as Twain took in the world through travelling and lecturing/performing. The man's social climbing is described, before in a backdrop of post Civil War America he gave birth to the world of Tom and Huck, which never was.
Then there is some colourful and seemingly quite personal de-bunking of the Bunny man, John Updike.
Moving on to possibly his most comfortable arena, G.V. illuminates the lives and little known, even now, careers of FDR, Truman up to Clinton and Gore. These are wonderful and strangely funny.
The politics of America and the world make a fitting climax to some scary prophecies, which we would benefit from addressing. Gore Vidal has a most certain penchant for accuracy and prediction is his predeliction.
A world of Chaos is finally described in the flourish of some heady and most un-chaotic prose.
Hell, I'm going to read it again, before its too late.
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