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Midnight On The Desert (Chapters of autobiography #1)

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  3 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published December 1937 by Harper (first published 1937)
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Jan 07, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing
Extremely hard to classify this book, but I found it completely engaging. The time theories near the end were completely over my head, but I appreciated Priestley’s enthusiasm nonetheless.

I had expected a travel book of sorts, and Midnight on the Desert could certainly fall under that classification, but it is also so very much more. An examination of what it means to be a writer and an artist; a critique of the state of the world in politics, religion, philosophy, architecture and the performin
Nov 27, 2011 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A chapter of autobiography apparently, but rather an odd one. Priestley spends more of the book on such esoteric subjects as the nature of time than on his private life. On one level the whole book could be said to represent on 20 minutes of Priestley's life as he muses on his visit to America while he burns some rejected chapters from a novel (almost certainly They walk in the city) in a hut on the Arizona desert. The book is hard to define at times it's a travel book, at times social comment, ...more
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John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade. Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France --in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos. After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months; then, after going ...more
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