At Home: Essays, 1982-1988

At Home: Essays, 1982-1988

by Gore Vidal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here is Vidal the essayist at the height of his powersiconoclastic, witty, sarcastic, engaging, as he tilts at shibboleths of radicals and conservatives alike. Included in this gathering of 24 essays from the past six years are controversial pieces that have created a ruckus, such as his plea that the U.S. should make common cause with the Soviet Union against ``the Sino-Japanese axis,'' and his critique of the American pro-Israel lobby. Vidal portrays Ronald Reagan as ``a very sincere sort of liar,'' and is equally withering on Nixon and Oliver North. In literary essays, he strikes gold in discussing Henry James as book reviewer, William Dean Howells' avant-garde realism, Anthony Burgess's embrace of God and sex, Paul Bowles's underrated short stories and expatriate Quaker writer Logan Pearsall Smith, among others. In more personal pieces, he reminisces on the early history of aviation and gets culture shock in Mongolia. Reading Vidal is always an invigorating experience. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
The essays in this collection covever a wide range of topics, from the early days of aviation through the battle of Armageddon to life in a Roman street. Numerous literary figures are discussed, including Tennessee Williams, Henry James, Italo Calvino, and Dawn Powell, while in the political arena Richard Nixon, the Reagans, and Oliver North come under scrutiny. Of the 24 essays reprinted here, over half originally appeared in the New York Review of Books. These ``reviews'' tend to reveal more about the reviewer than they do about the book being discussed, but fortunately Vidal is almost always interesting. His writing is intelligent, witty, and graceful, his ideas frequently controversial. Highly recommended. William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY

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