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In Making an Elephant, Swift rewardingly places himself at the centre of a book. The Sunday Times (London) Valuable. You come away from these pieces feeling that is a very good person to have as a friend: fond, understanding, fun, but above all discreet, a man you can trust.
In Making an Elephant, Swift rewardingly places himself at the centre of a book. The Washington Times Swift is at his most movingly revelatory when discussing his work. Sunday Telegraph (London) A pleasure to read, from first word to last, Making an Elephant is sure to move writers and readers alike to join the legions of Graham Swift fans.
There are private moments with Swift's father and with his own younger self, as well as musings-on history, memory, and imagination-that.
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Not so for Graham Swift; all was serene in south Croydon, where he grew up. His grandparents' house in. .It wouldn't hurt, then, to know Graham Swift better; sadly, the impression left by Making an Elephant is that a proper memoir is just too much effort. His grandparents' house in Sydenham was lofty and faintly sinister, but when the child mounted the steep stairs there was the reward, at the top, of an old-fashioned typewriter with "stiff epaulettes of spokes", with which he was allowed to play. The publisher's jacket copy claims the book "brims with charm and candour". Both terms apply to an elegant little essay on Montaigne and his translator John Florio.
Caryl Phillips: interview with Graham Swift
Caryl Phillips: interview with Graham Swift. This book began as no more than the collection of pieces of occasional non-fiction, published or unpublished, that writers of fiction are sometimes tempted to put together, but in the course of assembling it I’ve tried to thread the pieces in a way that generally offers, to borrow a phrase of Kipling’s, ‘something of myself ’.
Making An Elephant book. In the introduction to this book, Graham Swift states that it started out as simply a collection of non-fiction pieces but that it ended up being somewhat of an autobiography as well
Making An Elephant book. In his first ever work of non-fiction, the Booker Prize-winning. In the introduction to this book, Graham Swift states that it started out as simply a collection of non-fiction pieces but that it ended up being somewhat of an autobiography as well. In my opinion it didn't really succeed on that level at all. I really didn't learn all that much about his life from this book other than he's a writer, has quite a few other writers as friends, and drinks quite a bit.
About Making an Elephant
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There are private moments with Swift's father and with his own younger self, as well as musings-on history, memory, and imagination-that illuminate his work.
March 1 2009, 12:00am, The Sunday Times. In a culture where authors seem to spend as much time racketing around literary festivals promoting their books as they do sitting at their desks actually writing them, Graham Swift remains quietly elusive.
Making an Elephant : Writing from Within.
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