The Man Within My Head

The Man Within My Head

Book - 2012
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Recounts the author's life-long obsession with Graham Greene's writings on the experiences of being an outsider, which informed both the author's travels and his private explorations of his relationship with his elusive father.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307267610
030726761X
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 22 cm.

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beebee40 Mar 22, 2014

I enjoyed his early work; not this one. He is self-absorbed, in the extreme and this? Perhaps the emperor who wore no clothes?

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eLode
Aug 28, 2012

This is Pico's personal memoir, not a book of insights into the intriguing novelist Graham Greene. You can find the same information easily in this library (try GG's intro on memoir). Frequently Pico recalls his privileged upbringing and life : private school in England, home in the California hills, travel, high pay, writing, comfort. He repeats his significant life events several times in the half I read. When he refers to Greene's novels, he bursts as if those completed arcs of fiction will console. His father's life had dramatic trajectory, yet Pico doesn't give it enough space here (maybe elsewhere). Oldest of six, he studied in the one room family home, enrolled in Bombay, won a Rhodes scholarship, went to England, moved to California to teach at University.

patienceandfortitude Jun 06, 2012

As a fan of Graham Greene, I did enjoy this book, but as is frequently the case, I enjoy reading the author directly more than reading about how others experience him.

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colincolin
Mar 13, 2012

ONLY READ TO P63

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