Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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"A rich companion to the first volume of David Plante's memoir, Becoming a Londoner, Worlds Apart explores worlds of experience drawn from the millions of words Plante has put to the page in his diaries over the last fifty years. This new volume doesn't follow sequentially from the first--rather it can be read on its own or as an overlay, building and expanding on the relationships and experiences recalled in Becoming a Londoner. Plante widens the scope of this second volume, recounting his adventures in France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Israel, New York, even Oklahoma. Fragments of diaries, notes, sketches, and drawings deepen and enrich the "characters" we met in the first volume, including Nikos, his longtime partner, and luminaries such as Philip Roth and E.M. Forster" --
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2015.
ISBN: 9781408854808
1408854805
Branch Call Number: 921 PLANTE, DAVID
Characteristics: viii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Oct 20, 2015

When Philip Roth twists David Plante's arm to accompany him on a visit to Israel, David makes a stop at The Chapel of the Flagellation. Here and as ever, Plante slyly and economically points out and echoes his memoir's significant themes: religion and belief, flagellation (psychological and otherwise) and distressing visitations to the past. Worlds Apart is bursting with insights about himself, his writing methods and his world, many tortuously arrived at and often mortifying to read about. Personal honesty remains the guiding principle here, idiosyncratically rendered as readers of Plante's novels and other memoirs have come to expect and appreciate.

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