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A Writer's Life

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  308 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
The inner workings of a writer’s life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life—the zeal for the truth, the narrative edge, the sometimes startling precision, that won accolades for his journalism and best-sellerdom and acclaim for his revelatory books about The New York Times (Th ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2006)
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Manik Sukoco
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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If reading is like traveling, then reading this book is like going on a long trip with a great storyteller who doesn't know where he's going or how's he getting there.
The sprawling, stylish book is part memoir and part explanation of why it took 14 years to finish. Talese doesn't suffer from writer's block as much as writer's detour. That's a pain for him and his editor but a delight for patient readers.
A Writer's Life is for unhurried readers who appreciate literary back roads, who value the jo
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es una autobiografía tradicional. No al menos una como la esperaba. Gay Talese recorre algunas de sus etapas como periodista a través de algunos trabajos realizados que, al final, no llegaron a ver la luz. En "Vida de un escritor", por tanto, se echan en falta un mayor acercamiento a la faceta más íntima y personal del autor. Más si se toma en cuenta en que estaba en la edad ideal para hacer un retrato de sus años familiares y de formación profesional. Algo hay de eso, no mucho pero lo hay. S ...more
Margarita Funes
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los mejores ensayos que he tenido en mis manos, no solo por venir de un periodista/escritor, sino por su riqueza histórica contenida en 600 páginas . Relatos continuos, vivos, anécdotas, entresijos. ¡Todo para amar aún más la profesión o querer más la buena lectura! Un final demasiado simple, para un libro tan bueno, pero las restantes 597 páginas lo vale
Karla V. H.
Después de abandonarlo por bastante tiempo, por fin me he decidido a retomar y terminar este libro.

Conocí a Gay Talese gracias a una de mis clases de periodismo en la facultad. Como él había escrito ese impresionante perfil de Frank Sinatra (uno de mis interpretes favoritos) tenía que acercarme a su trabajo. Después de leer algunas cosas, decidí, rápidamente, adentrarme en su biografía. Esperaba encontrar muchas lecciones de un profesional que me parecía tan sofisticado e importante.

El libro e
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
A bit boring, and a little to focused on his love for social clubs, hanging out with celebrities and fancy restaurants. Man, he really loves restaurants. I think his favorite phrase is "we dined..."

Had hoped there would be more about his time at the NY Times and the New Yorker.

Interesting to hear about his writing habits.

Liked the story about how he went after the story about the Chinese soccer player blamed for blowing the women's World Cup final. However, the story kind of ended with a shru
Patrick Wensink
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Talese is my favorite non-fiction writer. I'm excited to learn more about his life. His style is so smooth, I could read 300 pages of him listing his old man medications and be happy.

Look up the story, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" online and see what I mean. He turned Frank Sinatra ignoring him into the greatest celebrity profile ever, in my opinion.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best biographies I've read
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
In his latest (and final?) literary installment, “A Writer’s Life” Gay Talese is rather frank about the stuff from which it is woven. While not tarrying over the matter, the master of literary fiction makes it quite clear that some time in the ’90s he was pretty late with a book to his publisher.

Later, as we cruise through various and vaguely related topics, borne along by the flow of his mellifluous prose, Talese is again frank and fun enough to offer up his pitches, and the responses of N.Y.C
Jan 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Writers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in publishing history
I very much enjoy the writing of Gay Talese - he writes nonfiction and often focuses on life in New York City, such as in his books "Fame and Obscurity" (1964), "The Kingdom and the Power" (1969) and "Unto the Sons" (1992).

Some have compared Talese to a latter-day Balzac, in that he was an accomplished "social columnist" dating from his days in high school in Ocean City, New Jersey. In the present volume, Talese compiles an olio of stories from his own writing past - such as the first interraci
Dauro Veras
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Li e recomendo Vida de escritor, de Gay Talese. É uma combinação de autobiografia com algumas histórias levantadas por ele que terminaram não sendo publicadas. Ou por rejeição do editor, ou porque ele não sabia o caminho a tomar e decidiu abandonar o projeto. Talese tem fascínio por personagens anônimos e pelos que fracassam.

Passou meses na China pesquisando sobre uma jogadora de futebol que perdeu um pênalti na final da Copa do Mundo, numa partida que deu o título aos EUA. Durante anos, coleto
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Gay Talese is an American author. He wrote for The New York Times in the early 1960s and helped to define literary journalism or "new nonfiction reportage", also known as New Journalism. His most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
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