Point to Point Navigation
But this. If you rate Vidal, best not read it.
The voice is still there, the wonderfully shaded irony, his acidic cutting through spin in commentary on events....more
Between Obituaries, 10 Dec 2006
"No other writer has peered so intently under the hood of American Society. None can match his uncanny gift for "telling us what we want to know' about public life, including politics, theatre and the movies. His new book is sad, spotty chronicle that would suggest Gore is stuck in a fog from a dwindling set of landmarks. Vidal's' imagination has always been able to get into the past" James
None of us know much about Vidal Gore, he likes it that way. His two memoi...more
Most moving of all are the chapters about his...more
"Point to Point Navigation" was sent to me by a friend with whom I exchange books that we have read and feel the other might enjoy (or challenge the other to enjoy!). Before she sent me this book, I had no sense of Gore Vidal other than as a famous novelist, politician, and sometime actor whose literary work with whom I was not familiar. I do have a memory of seeing...more
I am amazed at how much I have in common with an 83 year old gay man from a prominent southern political family. I obviously don't agree with everything Gore believes but I love the way he has lived his life.
His writing is full of references to great writers and philosophers from history, many of who he has known.
His vocabulary is exten...more
A previous reviewer mentioned that this book jumps around. Yes, it does. The title and the forward explain that Vidal uses one person, idea, or event to lead to another, gently wandering through the past.
This starts a bit slowly; I thought, "Oh no, Gore has finally s...more
Definitely worth listening to. It is semi-episodic and jumps around in time so it lends itself to listening in short snatches like a commute...more
Point To Point Navigation is rather loose and rambling and repeats a lot from the earlier book - the death of Howard Austen is in many ways its crux, but I still feel like I scarcely know him ("knowing" only in the sense that one can know anyone solely through r...more
"it has been my experience that writers, myself included, often forget what they have written since the act of writing is simply a letting go of a piece of one's own mind, and so there is a kind of mental erasure a...more
Literary celebrity, critic, and prolific author of many works, including the National Book Award?winning United States: Essays 1952-1992 and more than 20 novels, the octogenarian Gore Vidal keeps writing. Although critics unanimously point to the author's memoir Palimpsest (1995) as a masterpiece in the genre, they agree that the writing and much of the content in Point to Point Navigation pale beside the earlier effort. Reviewers take the avowed stylist to task for some lazy phrasing, though mo...more
Later in the book Vidal writes of Paul Bowles who's agent needs celebrity names and corresponding anecdotes in order to shop a memoir, which Bowles will reluctantly write. Celebrity anecdotes are not problem for Vidal, who has plenty of names (of both US and European ro...more
Name dropping, opinion as fact and I was sexier, wittier and more brilliant than any of you people. It gets worse as the book goes on. In the end it is just a series of musings of people, places and things and his opinion on what did/didn't happen, who lied (usually republicans), and who told the truth (only people who told him how wonderful he was). It goes on and on and on and becomes almost unbearable at the end. Do I really care that Greta Ga...more
Point to Point Navigation only partially went in chronological order, that is, except when Mr. Vidal digressed to remember related or unrelated things and share his opinions, of which he has, to be sure, many.
Someone interested in Vidal's social set would be particularly drawn to this book, but I found it engaging besides. Anecdotes...more
Two things the audiobook gave me that I would not have had from the text version: Vidal's mimicry of the voices of his friends, from Tennessee Williams to Eleanor Roosevelt, and the utter pathos of listening to a man describe the slow death from cancer of his part...more
Vidal ran for political office twi...more