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“He said that the thing was that you had to quell it,” Mr. Swift writes, “crush it at once, as soon as it arose, give it no further space, otherwise you were lost.” And Mr. Swift notes, “Once you’ve played charades with the author of ‘The Satanic Verses’ or heard his imitation (not quite as good...Jun 23 2009 | Read Full Review of Making an Elephant
Opening with an early memory of disillusionment, Swift relates his early discovery that ""in good fiction, without any trickery, truth and magic aren't incompatible at all."" Subsequent chapters build on this seminal idea, particularly through discussions of model writers like Isaac Babel, dissid...| Read Full Review of Making an Elephant
There are private moments with his father and with his own younger self, as well as musings on history, memory and imagination that illuminate the work of a writer who, in his fiction, regards it as “a mark of achievement” when his own voice and presence vanish into his characters.
Reading novelist Graham Swift's first work of nonfiction, Making an Elephant , is pure indulgence—like hearing a favorite uncle tell tales of his marvelous youth.| Read Full Review of Making an Elephant
As a novelist Graham Swift delights in the possibilities of the human voice, imagining his way into the minds and hearts of an extraordinary range of characters.| Read Full Review of Making an Elephant
‘Book for book,’ John Banville is quoted as saying on the cover of this one, ‘[Graham] Swift is surely one of England’s finest novelists.’ This may be Irish for ‘but of course he hasn’t written all that much’, though eight novels and a collection of short stories isn’t bad going and it would be o...May 23 2009 | Read Full Review of Making an Elephant