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 as Waterland and Last Orders gives 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 Elephant brings 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 Elephant brims 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.

Baker & Taylor
In his first nonfiction work, the Booker Prize-winning author presents a varied selection of essays, poetry, and interviews that all offer insights on what it means to be a writer.

Baker
& Taylor

In his first nonfiction work, the Booker Prize-winning author presents a varied selection of essays, poetry, and interviews that chronicle his struggles to become a published author, his relations with other writers, and his insights on the writing profession.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780307270993
0307270998
Branch Call Number: 823x SWIFT SWIFT
Characteristics: 400 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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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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