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Ben DowningWritten in an atmospheric prose at once voluptuous and clipped...Pithy, glancing, pungent and graceful, the book is a distinguished contribution to belletristic biography.
— NY Times Book Review
In this compelling biography, Charles Nicholl pieces together the shadowy story of Rimbaud's life as a trader, explorer, and gunrunner in Africa. Following his fascinating ...
In this compelling biography, Charles Nicholl pieces together the shadowy story of Rimbaud's life as a trader, explorer, and gunrunner in Africa. Following his fascinating journey, Nicholl shows how Rimbaud lived out that mysterious pronouncement of his teenage years: "Je est un autre"—I is somebody else.
"Rimbaud's fear of stasis never left him. 'I should like to wander over the face of the whole world,' he told his sister, Isobelle, 'then perhaps I'd find a place that would please me a little.' The tragedy of Rimbaud's later life, superbly chronicled by Nicholl, is that he never really did."—London Guardian
"Nicholl has excavated a mosaic of semi-legendary anecdotes to show that they were an essential part of the poet's journey to become 'somebody else.' Not quite biography, not quite travel book, in the end Somebody Else transcends both genres."—Sara Wheeler, Daily Telegraph
"At the end of Somebody Else Rimbaud is more interesting and more various than before: he is not less mysterious, but he is more real."—Susannah Clapp, Observer Review
Posted May 31, 2013
hard to find facts put together thru letters & tales of old friends in this compelling tale of Arthur Rimbaud's "lost years" in Africa. I found it quite interesting, full of detail & a taste of the rugged, many faceted personality of the formerly famous French poet. excerpts of his poems are also interlaced within the travels & I found it a most intriguing read. illustrations incld. not a read for everyone - but once I started it- I was compelled to go to the end to find out how things turned out for Rimbaud. the writer Nicholl did a fine job in piecing everything together. In what seemed a very sometimes chaotic life & dangerous. I recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.