I needed reminding that this was a literary life halfway through this charming little book, when I found it somewhat disappointing not to be reading personal stuff However, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written tribute to the very beautiful writings of Morris it s almost like having Cliff York notes on her style, philosophy and language And her illustrations are gorgeous.
Morris Is One Of The Great British Writers Of The Post War Era Soldier, Journalist, Writer About Places Rather Than Travel Writer , Elegist Of The British Empire, Novelist, She Has Fashioned A Distinctive Prose Style That Is Elegant, Fastidious, Supple, And Sometimes Gloriously Gaudy For Many Readers She Is Best Known For Her Candid Memoir Conundrum, Which Described The Gender Reassignment Operation She Underwent In But As Ariel Demonstrates, This ✓ Ariel ç Download by Ñ Derek Johns Is Just One Of The Many Remarkable Facts About Her Life As James Morris She Was The Journalist Who Brought Back The Story Of The Conquest Of Everest In And Who Discovered Incontrovertible Evidence Of British Involvement In The Suez Crisis Of She Has Been Described By Rebecca West As The Finest Prose Stylist Of Her Time, And Her Essays Span The Entire Urban World Her Many books Include A Classic On Venice, A , Page History Of The British Empire, And A Homage To What Is Perhaps Her Favourite City, Trieste Her Writings On Wales Represent The Most Thorough Literary Investigation Of That Mysterious LandDerek Johns Was Jan Morris S Literary Agent For Twenty Years Ariel Is Not A Conventional Biography, But Rather An Appreciation Of The Work And Life Of Someone Who Besides Being A Delightful Writer Is Known To Many People As A Generous, Affectionate, Witty And Irreverent Friend It Is Published To Coincide With Her Th Birthday Not sure quite how to describe this book which is in some ways rather like a book by Jan Morris herself It looks at her literary career thematically, it s not a biography and it s not really a full critical work either Particularly liked the chapter on Wales, which I suspect doesn t usually get much of a look in with people thinking of her writing life This book might send you back to some of her works, of which the most important, although not everything, are still in print.
Jan Morris is a British national treasure This book is little, much too little given Jan s long and eventful life but a good starting place Not really a biography, a sort of cliff notes version of some of her life s events and best writing She deserves better by which I mean depth, details, pages This is just an entree when we need a full meal ☆ Ariel ↠´ She wrote books, than fifty,On well near every city.
Before reading this book I didn t know much about Jan Morris, beyond the fact that she was born, and lived until her early forties, as James Morris While the gender reassignment, which was undertaken in 1972 when such operations were rare and drew far attention often intrusive and hurtful in nature than is the case now, might be the single most significant event in her life, it does rather tend to obscure her achievements as a writer.
She is generally described as a travel writer but that rather misses the point, too She doesn t write about travel, but about destinations The only book of hers that I had read was her 1975 novel, Last letters from Hav, which made it onto that year s Booker Prize shortlist It is a marvellous description of a fictional city state situated somewhere on the Turkish peninsula Nothing much happens in the novel, but it holds the reader s at I thoroughly enjoyed this literary overview of Jan Morris life I first came across her when my mother gave me the book Conundrum pub 1974, describing James Morris journey to become Jan, ultimately through having a sex change Her many books of travel writing are well known, and her description of Trieste, a middle sized, essentially middle aged Italian seaport, ethnically ambivalent, historically confused, only intermittently prosperous, tucked away at the top right hand corner of the Adriatic Sea, and so lacking the customary characteristics of Italy that in 1999 some 70 percent of Italians, so a poll claimed to discover, did not know it was in Italy at all makes me want to go there For me Trieste is an allegory of limbo, in the secular sense of an indefinable hiatus My acquaintance with the city spans the whole of my adult life, but like my l