Making An Elephant

Making An Elephant

Writing From Within

Book - 2009
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In his first-ever work of nonfiction, the Booker Prize--winning author of such acclaimed novels asWaterlandandLast Ordersgives us a highly personal book: a singular and open-spirited account of a writer's life. As generous in its scope as it is acute in its observations,Making an Elephantbrings together a richly varied selection of essays, portraits, poetry and interviews, full of insights into Graham Swift's passions and motivations, and wise about the friends, family and other writers who have mattered to him over the years. Kazuo Ishiguro advises on how to choose a guitar; Salman Rushdie arrives for Christmas under guard; Caryl Phillips shares a beer with the author at a nightclub in Toronto. 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. A journey through place and time, conversation, encounters and ideas,Making an Elephantbrims with charm and candor, an alertness to experience and a true engagement with words--in short, with what it means to believe that writing and reading are an essential part of living.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307270993
0307270998
Branch Call Number: Biography B Swi
Alternative Title: Writing from within

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EmilyEm
May 06, 2010

Compilation of articles and interviews on his own writing and that of others plus biographical material about his own life and his family's story.

He's a good storyteller. That's what he wants you to know and appreciate about his writing. Interesting. Glad I read it. It's worth it to find where the book title comes from!

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