Making An Elephant

Making An Elephant

Writing From Within

Book - 2009
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From the acclaimed Booker Prize-winning author of Last Orders, this highly personal book is a singular and open-spirited account of a writer's life. In Making an Elephant, Swift brings together richly varied essays, portraits, poetry and interviews, full of insights into his 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, and Ted Hughes shares the secrets of a Devon river. There are private moments, too, with long-dead writers, as well as musings on history and memory that readers of Swift's novels will recognize and love. Making an Elephant is a book of encounters: between a son and his father, between an author and his younger selves, between writer and reader, and between friends. It brims with charm and candour, and reveals Swift's alertness to experience and his true engagement with words.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307357205
0307357201
Branch Call Number: 921 S9767s
Characteristics: 400 p. : ill.

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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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