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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1886)
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Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moore's 'confessions' are aesthetic. If there's more, you'll find a soul struggling to rid itself of Victorian morality. Of landed gentry, Moore moved fr Ireland to Paris in his 20s hoping to be a painter. He immersed himself in Degas, Manet and discussed Gautier, Baudelaire at his Montmartre haunt until dawn. This memoir was finished in his early 30s after he decided to become a writer. He first tried journalism which he found stifling: "I longed to give a personal shape to something and this c ...more
Richard Epstein
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
There are those who claim to have finished books by George Moore, but I don't believe them.
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
George Moore writes of a man [himself] in his twenties, searching for his passion. First, its art, then realizing it wouldn't work for him, he switches to reading and writing. Its a very honest book, from the insight of a privileged young man in a different time. I enjoyed his opinions and critiques of the authors he's read and how they changed throughout his twenties. I gave it three stars only because he was so arrogant and unlikeable.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A poor portrait of a pathetic, self-obsessed, arrogant dandy aesthete.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First 40 or 50 pages are promising, then arrogance enters to spoil the rest of the book.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up, memoir
It went on and on, and on, and said nothing to me.
J.C. Fitzpatrick
I love his love for art, but man this dude is a pessimistic asshole.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lively report from early 20th c Paris & London.

39..why could i not live without an ever-present and acute consciousness of life? why could i not love, forgetful of the ticking of the clock in the perfumed silence of the chamber?
49..Degas' innovations
75..miniature of a beauty of 30. He dreams of Pleasure and he is offered Duty.
94..Manet & Degas in a cafe
105..Whistler the least Impressionistic
106..reproach of Millet...always the same thing, the same peasant, the same sabot, the same sentim
Samuel Parker
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Moore's false modesty disintegrates as the narrative progresses, leaving the reader with an insightful, if somewhat egoistic, read about art and life in Paris circa the late 19th century.

Some writerly trivia: In his day George Moore regarded Joyce, his younger compatriot, with distaste: : "Take this Irishman Joyce, a sort of Zola gone to seed. Someone recently sent me a copy of Ulysses. I was told I must read it, how can one plow through such stuff?... Joyce, Joyce, why he's nobody - from the D
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
roundup from 3.5 stars, kind of half memoir and half musings on art, culture etc. never read any of moore's other stuff so i really can't comment on his body of work here aside from this. jumps around to subjects rather frequently, the most interesting are his thoughts on literature, which includes the highest praise of balzac. his personal life is less interesting as he comes across as a rich, arrogant dick, but i guess almost any artist from 19c and before had to have that persona
L. O'Neil
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
For its era -- 1900s turn of the century -- this narrative offers insight to lifestyles of gay dandies and man about town a century ago, told through the POV of a character who believes himself a literary phenomenon. Snoozed through some passages about protagonist's hero worship of close friend.
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George Augustus Moore was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic landed family who lived at Moore Hall in Carra, County Mayo. He originally wanted to be a painter, and studied art in Paris during the 1870s. There, he befriended many of the leading French artists and writers of the day.

As a naturalistic writer, he was among

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