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Author: Clive James
ISBN: 033049306X
Language: English
Pages: 400 pages
Category: History & Criticism
Publisher: Picador (February 20, 2004)
Rating: 4.6
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Even as We Speak is an illuminating and hilarious collection of essays by one of Britain's most beloved authors

Even as We Speak is an illuminating and hilarious collection of essays by one of Britain's most beloved authors. Even As We Speak is a compelling collection of essays in which Clive James focusses on Australian poetry; on television today; on the rise and fall of various icons; on the question of the culpability of the ordinary German in the holocaust; and there is a compellingly provocative and much-talked about piece on the death of Diana. Books by Clive James.

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Even as We Speak book. Reflecting his comprehensive knowledge, wide-ranging interests and eclectic style, Clive James explores the rise and fall of various celebrities, discusses Australian poetry, considers the state of television today, questions the culpability of the ordinary Ge Even As We Speak is an illuminating and hilarious collection of essays from one of Picador's most beloved authors. Even As We Speak is an illuminating and hilarious collection of essays by one of Picador's most beloved authors. All five volumes of Clive James' memoirs in one ebook omnibus: Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England, May Week was in June, North Face of Soho and The Blaze of Obscurity. Unreliable Memoirs: In the first instalment of Clive James's memoirs, we meet the young Clive, dressed in short trousers, and wrestling with the demands of school, various relatives and the occasional snake, in the suburbs of post-war Sydney.

EVEN AS WE SPEAK is an illuminating and hilarious collection of essays from one of Picador's most beloved authors. Reflecting his comprehensive knowledge, wide-ranging interests and eclectic style, Clive James explores the rise and fall of various celebrities, discusses Australian poetry, considers the state of television today, questions the culpability of the ordinary German in the holocaust, and contemplates - in a compellingly provocative and much-talked about piece - the death of Diana.
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Clive James is a treasure of our time. New ideas, new insights are always a source of enlightenment. Thank you.
Ferne
This book of essays by James was disappointing. Compared to his earlier autobiographical works such as "Unreliable Memoirs" it is tedious and inclined to wallow in self importance.
Many of the book's articles were taken from New Yorker magazine and, perhaps it goes without saying, that they are long and rambling. To spend half an hour reading some dreary set of opinions on an esoteric film director is not fun. I often found myself flicking through the pages to the next article in the hope that it would be more enticing.
However, two sections were genuinely interesting. His articles on Princess Diana are adulatory in the extreme but quite readable. Unfortunately, I cannot lose my view that she was granted importance well beyond her abilities. Also, his final section on the Sydney Olympics show real insight to the events of September 2000. To have been in Sydney at that time was to witness something quite magical and James does succeed in passing some of the magic to the reader.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book to the reader. Two sections of interest fail to overcome the remainder of the book and its tediousness.
Quamar
Andrew Desmond said: "His articles on Princess Diana are adulatory in the extreme but quite readable. I cannot loose my view that she was granted an importance well beyond her abilities."

Well, maybe because her importance complemented Clive's self-importance so conveniently. Di's death gave Clive the chance to brag about his dinner dates with her. Seriously. I swear I'm not making this up. But more importantly, check out his obituary's opening lines: "No. It was the first word of that cataclysmic Sunday morning: 'no' pronounced through an ascending sob, the consonant left behind in the chest voice as the vowel climbed into the head voice, the pure wail of lament whereby anyone, no matter how tone deaf, for one terrible moment becomes a singer." Oh the humanity!