Pleasures of a Tangled Life by Jan Morris soon to be presented for sale on the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1989, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Jan Morriss new book is ostensibly a celebration of the good things of life, an account of those experiences and sensations which have given pleasure throughout her adventurous career. In many of them her admirers will recognise echoes of earlier work: a day and a night in Torcello, for example, and episodes in numerous outposts of the British Empire. But these form only the outer layer of what is best described as a Russian doll of a book. For gradually, through these linked chapters, the reader is introduced to the private personality of the writer, to her passions and obsessions, and to the tangles of her inner life. What is achieved by this means is a powerful and original style of memoir, in which the core is brightly illuminated from the rim.
We are conducted on a personal journey, full of delights, benign wit, originality of viewpoint, and the style which we have come to expect in Jan Morriss work. It encompasses a variety of modes travel, biography, history and autobiography and ranges in time and place from post-war Cairo to modern Manhattan. When, in 1974, Jan Morris published her autobiography Conundrum, describing her change of sexual identity from male to female, critics on both sides of the Atlantic wondered what kind of sensibility would result from this extraordinary shift in an already eventful career. Pleasures of a Tangled Life provides the answer.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 207 pages. 10¼” x 6½”.
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