When the time comes – our appointment, our dark hour – what thoughts will we have? Tracy Kidder’s fable-like account of old age; Mary Karr on her terrifying Grandma Moore; and the first publication of Bruce Chatwin’s notebooks. Plus: Paul Auster, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Ivan Klìma, and Tobias Wolff.
‘I correct the spelling because I’m a lawyer and I’m accustomed to precision in language; in legal documents the displacement of a comma can change the intention expressed in a sentence and lead to new litigation’.
‘On 10 May 1906, at two in the afternoon, a French liner called the Amiral-Kersaint set off from Saigon carrying a troupe of nearly a hundred classical dancers and musicians from the royal palace at Phnom Penh.‘
‘When I think of Bruce Chatwin, who was my friend, I am always reminded of a particular night, a dinner at the Royal Geographical Society, hearing him speaking animatedly about various high mountains he had climbed.‘
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