• Title: Becoming a Londoner: A Diary
  • Author: David Plante
  • Released: 2013-09-24
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 544
  • ISBN: 1620401886
  • ISBN13: 978-1620401880
  • ASIN: 1620401886
Review “Entries take on the languid feel of the floating world…A seamlessly charming narrative both evocative and sensual.” —Publishers Weekly  “Love and life among literary lions . . . .[Plante is] a crafter of limpid prose, possessed of keen insight and sympathy. He also displays a rare gift for finely wrought characterization. . . . A richly detailed document of the London art scene of the ’60s and an affecting memoir of the artist as a young man.”—Kirkus Reviews “In this lapidary yet flowing volume, which runs from 1966 to 1986 and is charged with keen attentiveness and dazed astonishment, Plante meticulously records a perpetual carousel of luncheons, dinners, parties, and vacations punctuated by encounters with Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant and Ben Nicholson, David Hockney, Edna O’Brien, Bruce Chatwin, and many others. Writing with supple exactitude, Plante sidesteps the diarist’s usual habit of obsessive selfanalysis to create a living history of this artistically dynamic time and place. And to think, this is just one small part of Plante’s immense, half-century-spanning diary. More, please.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist “Always elegant, Plante’s prose winds around and meanders…An engrossing look into the veteran writer’s younger existence… He makes the perfect narrator to decades in flux, blithely commenting about drinking cider in one entry, and mentioning friends of friends were arrested for their homosexual behavior in the next…Becoming a Londoner isn’t about transitions, it is about an evolution—from one thing to another, where there is no such thing as going back to older times, but rather starting currents and moving forward.” —Daily News

About the Author David Plante is the author of nine novels and The Pure Lover, a memoir of grief on the death of Nikos Stangos, and has published stories, profiles, and features in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, and Vogue. The notebooks of his diary are kept in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. He has both UK and U.S. citizenship and lives in London; Lucca, Italy; and Athens, Greece.

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