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Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964 to 2006 by Gore Vidal

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June 2007, no. 292

Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964 to 2006 by Gore Vidal

Little, Brown, $49.95 hb, 277 pp

Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964 to 2006 by Gore Vidal

by
June 2007, no. 292

It was David Marr who commented that the key character in Gore Vidal’s first memoir, Palimpsest (1995), was not Jimmie Trimble, the boy whom Vidal loved when they were at school and who died, aged eighteen, at the battle for Iwo Jima; nor Vidal’s blind and adored maternal grandfather, Senator Thomas Pryor Gore, whom young Gore would lead onto the floor of the Senate; nor his life partner of half a century, Howard Auster; not even the audacious and polymathic Gore himself. The star of the book was in fact Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, who was dying when Vidal began to write Palimpsest.

Peter Rose reviews 'Point to Point Navigation: A memoir, 1964 to 2006' by Gore Vidal

Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964 to 2006

by Gore Vidal

Little, Brown, $49.95 hb, 277 pp