In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth, with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved Naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which from he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds.
Along the way, he recalls the girls, boys and booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life. Hitch-22 is, by turns, moving and funny, charming and infuriating, enraging and inspiring.
It is an indispensable companion to the life and thought of our pre-eminent political writer.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages, Illustrations, ports.
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 04/12/2010
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781843549222
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Review by soylentgreen23
Christopher Hitchens's memoirs, like his other writings, is remarkably satisfying in its breadth of content and its approach to reporting on a life well and truly lived. In fact, Hitchens lived so much that I was almost depressed by reading of his adventures, especially considering that he did so much so young, and what do I have to say for myself?However, one should know before reading this volume that these are Hitchens's memoirs, not an autobiography of such. Although he discusses his relationship with his parents at length, and the late-in-life revelation of his Jewish ancestry, he manages to avoid for the most part mentioning either of his wives (or at least how his marriage came to have a sequel) or his relationship with his brother. There is still much work available for any would-be biographer, though the prose here is so faultless that the task should not be taken on lightly.In all, a magnificent work, and I feel truly better for having read it.
Review by wonderperson
Careerist Memoir at end of life reflecting on battles, achievements, intellectual journey, move from Left to Right aided and abetted by degeneration of the Left into Totalitarian Dictatorship.