Point to Point Navigation by Gore Vidal
A Memoir

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In a witty and elegant autobiography that takes up where his bestelling Palimpsest left off, the celebrated novelist, essayist, critic, and controversialist Gore Vidal reflects on his remarkable life.Writing from his desks in Ravello and the Hollywood Hills, Vidal travels in memory through the arenas of literature, television, film, theatre, politics, and international society where he has cut a wide swath, recounting achievements and defeats, friends and enemies made (and sometimes lost). From encounters with, amongst others, Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles, Johnny Carson, Francis Ford Coppola to the mournful passing of his longtime partner, Howard Auster, Vidal always steers his narrative with grace and flair. Entertaining, provocative, and often moving, Point to Point Navigation wonderfully captures the life of one of twentieth-century America’s most important writers.


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About Gore Vidal

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Gore Vidal is the author of many bestselling novels including Julian, Burr, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln. He lives in Italy.
 
Published October 9, 2007 by Vintage. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Sensing that time is no longer on his side, Vidal summons his energies to celebrate friends, flay enemies (the New York Times froze his first several novels out of its daily book reviews, largely, he says, because of his sexual orientation) and bemoan the end of “our old original Republic.” When ...

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Mr. Auster is interred in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, “as I shall be in due course,” Mr. Vidal writes archly, “when I take time off from my busy schedule.” The farewell spirit extends to many lost friends and colleagues, summoned in Mr. Vidal’s variously fond or feline moods, so that Susa...

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Yet Vidal changes subjects and tone so frequently and abruptly—here tender, here combative—that the family memories and celebrity anecdotes become scattershot, limping to a close with a bizarre summary of somebody else's theory about how organized crime bosses ordered the assassination of John F.

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Entertainment Weekly

Those passages are as insightful as the stunned mourning of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, whom Vidal here dishes about as the possessor of ''the most endearing scowl.'' Originally posted Nov 03, 2006 Published in issue #906 Nov 10, 2006 Order article reprints

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London Review of Books

Vidal writes that he reminded the attorney-general of the FBI’s thuggish treatment of writers and editors, which Vidal had recently written about in a column for Esquire;

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Bob Hoover San Francisco Chronicle 1.5 of 5 Stars "Unfortunately, Point to Point Navigation does not sustain the energetic combination of reminiscence and pointed commentary that made much of Palimpsest an interesting read."

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