Unreliable Memoirs

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Before James Frey famously fabricated his memoir, Clive James wrote a refreshingly candid book that made no claims to be accurate, precise, or entirely truthful, only to entertain. In an exercise of literary exorcism, James set out to put his childhood in Australia behind him by rendering it as part novel, part memoir. Now, nearly thirty years after it first came out in England, Unreliable Memoirs is again available to a whole new generation of readers that, through his essays and poetry, have come to love ...

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Overview

Before James Frey famously fabricated his memoir, Clive James wrote a refreshingly candid book that made no claims to be accurate, precise, or entirely truthful, only to entertain. In an exercise of literary exorcism, James set out to put his childhood in Australia behind him by rendering it as part novel, part memoir. Now, nearly thirty years after it first came out in England, Unreliable Memoirs is again available to a whole new generation of readers that, through his essays and poetry, have come to love James's inimitable voice.

"The funniest book I have ever read."

"His public's fun will consist of picturing their favorite wit and pundit, reduced in imagination to short-trouser size, wrestling with snakes and aunties and mutual-masturbators in the bush-bordering suburbs of post-war Sydney...He times a punch-line disgustingly well."

"Enormously funny...buy it."

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“Do not read this book in public. You will risk severe internal injuries from trying to suppress your laughter. . . . What’s worse, you can’t put it down once started. Its addictive powers stun all normal decent resistance within seconds. Not to be missed.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394512631
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1981
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Born in Australia, Clive James lives in Cambridge, England. He is the author of Unreliable Memoirs; a volume of selected poems, Opal Sunset; the best-selling Cultural Amnesia; and the translator of The Divine Comedy by Dante. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

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Table of Contents

Like America, Only Different: Preface to the American Edition 13

Preface 19

1 The Kid from Kogarah 23

2 Valley of the Killer Snakes 33

3 Billycart Hill 45

4 The Force of Destruction 59

5 Enter the Flash of Lightning 67

6 Dib, Dib, Dib, Dib 77

7 Eros and the Angel 93

8 The Imitation of Christ 103

9 Milo the Magnificent 115

10 The Sound of Mucus 129

11 A Prong in Peril 137

12 All Dressed Up 145

13 Let Us Rejoice, Therefore 161

14 Basic Training 181

15 Very Well: Alone 193

16 Fidgety Feet 203

17 That He Should Leave His House 215

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