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By Gore Vidal

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'Palimpsest reads now and then like a turbo-charged gossip column the place the entire anecdotes are humorous or endearing, and the sycophancy of the journalist is changed by means of a strong directness. A storyteller of significant timing and burnished word, Vidal achieves the wit of good dialog ... the result's a booklet that's excess of a memoir; bawdy catalogue, relatives saga, political historical past, elegy. And one of many year's top books' man REYNOLDS, night normal

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I want to ask you a question," she said: our roles reversed. " "He said he didn't get on with him, and that was why he moved into the dormitory:' Jimmie had not said much more than that. ' "No, my husband didn't dislike Jimmie. I'm afraid he liked him altogether too much:' I could not believe what she was telling me. "He was German. A fine decorator, a great horseman. Master of the Warrenton Hunt. A popular man, but he wanted to adopt Jimmie, and change his name, which I couldn't allow-1 mean, the Trimbles would have been horrified.

Although Dot herself did not know how to cook, she knew how to train cooks, a Confederate art lost to the world, along with those black ladies from the Eastern Shore of Maryland who were born with no need to be taught anything about cooking. ' We never knew there was such a thing. Spoon bread. Corn bread. Buttermilk biscuits. Honey from square waxy combs. "I only live for breakfast," said Dot at the end, bedridden from stroke and Parkinson's disease. ' I once asked her what the nineteenth century was like.

But he had no problem in getting accepted, as cannon fodder, by the marines in January of 1944; his basic training was at Camp Lejeune; then, in August 1944, he became a member of a scout and observer group of the Third Marine Division in the South Pacific. He saw action until the end of October, when Guam was secured. From October to February he seems to have had a quiet time on Guam. For one month he was again a baseball player, helping the division team win the local championship. On February 4, he played his last game for the division.

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