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This Is Me, Jack Vance!: (Or, More Properly, This Is "I") (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 16 set 2016

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5.0 su 5 stelle The memoir of a private man... 29 novembre 2012
Di Jack Of Alltrades - Pubblicato su
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Jack's SF is unique, his writing superb. His memoir was dictated by a man who has run a long race and is weary. Norma, his longtime helpmate is gone and soon, he, too, will return to The One.

In 2000, I send him my SF novel, Sisters Of Glass. As he was by then blind, Norma read some to him, and, wonder of wonders, the great man himself called me, an unknown scribbler, to offer some ideas for improvement. I was touched and moved and am grateful still. Such generosity and kindness says much about the man, yet he doesn't tell us about this in his memoir. Why? My guess is because, for Jack, this kind of largesse was just his way and not worth noting. As usual, what a man does not say, says more than what he does.

There is no bragging in his memoir, nor is there any of the strutting and preening so common in memoir of lesser souls, of lesser men. He gives us, his fans, all he can, and that must be enough. Thanks, Jack.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A must read for any Vance fan 13 agosto 2014
Di ArtFan - Pubblicato su
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After having read a whole bunch of Vance books over the past four years, I wanted to find out about the man behind them. A man who led not only a long life (died at 96 last year) but a very fruitful, enjoyable and interesting one. He and his wife spent a lot of time travelling all over the world, particularly to remote exotic places. They would live in one place for three or four months and then move on to another until they ran out of money, at which point they would return to their home in Oakland until they saved up enough for another travel adventure. A lot of his books were written while in these places and so it's no wonder that the settings and characters are often exotic and interesting. And, if you've noticed, in his books many of the characters are always sampling the local beers and wines of whatever planet they are on - I surmised that Vance himself must have enjoyed this pasttime and sure enough, it was certainly one of his favorite things to do as he talks about in his autobiography. All in all - what an interesting guy, it would have been cool to know him in person.

As others have said, it's not a "complete" autobiography in the sense that he doesn't go deeply into things, a lot of it is just him briefly mentioning some topic before moving on to the next. I would have like more depth. For this reason I could dock a star, but I'll leave it the way it is.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Much about Vance but wanted more 31 ottobre 2012
Di John Shoemaker - Pubblicato su
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I have read nearly everything Jack Vance has written--most of them multiple times. I consider him one of America's greatest writers period, not just a great science fiction writer. Therefore, I wanted to give this book 5 stars. In truth, however, it was not up to Vance's usual standards.

That being said, I still enjoyed his reminesence of his days as a youth in Northern California, particularly since I lived there for a time and knew the places he described. I gained a new respect for Vance as a man who did many things besides write and I am envious of the many adventures he had. Imagine being friends with Frank Herbert and Poul Anderson and Arthur C. Clark. What a privilege that must have been.

My main disappointment is that there was too little about his motivation for writing, the origins of his unique style and the background for some of his novels. The last chapter was about three pages devoted to his writing and that left me unsatisfied.

Nevertheless, I'm glad Vance was able to write another book and I was happy to read it. As Vance says in the last chapter: "The mark of good writing, in my opinion, is that the reader is not aware that the story has been written;"
I will read his books many more times and be transported to fabulous worlds and listen to people speak in that unique style I have come to love and be utterly absorbed in the fabric of Jack Vance's creation.

If this is the first Jack Vance book intend to read, please don't be discouraged. His fiction is well worth the read.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The remarkable biography of a remarkable writer 15 marzo 2013
Di Ken Korczak - Pubblicato su
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Over the past 30 years I have read just about everything Jack Vance has written - many dozens of books - and, yes, I have re-read most of them multiple times. I know there are five or six of his titles I have read 15 or 20 times each - I'm not kidding - and each read and re-read is always pure unadulterated joy.

Vance is a writer of strange power; he is a unique phenomenon in literature. There was never another writer like him before, and there will never be another like him again. The science fiction writer Robert Silverberg said other writers have occasionally tried to imitate Vance "only to embarrass themselves or find it impossible."

And yet, while it can't be said that Vance is an obscure writer, in his long career he never approached the fame and recognition of his fellow genre artists, such as Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein and Asimov. He won every major award in science fiction, including the Hugo and Nebula multiple times - as he also did in another genre, detective novels and murder mysteries. But true fame eluded him - and that was probably okay with him.

Writer Michael Chabon said of Vance:

"Jack Vance is the most painful case of all the writers I love who I feel don't get the credit they deserve. If The Last Castle or The Dragon Masters had the name Italo Calvino on it, or just a foreign name, it would be received as a profound meditation, but because he's Jack Vance and published in Amazing Whatever, there's this insurmountable barrier."

Of Vance's place in American literary tradition, Chabon said:

"It's not Twain-Hemingway; it's more Poe's tradition, a blend of European refinement with brawling, two-fisted frontier spirit."

The immensely popular Neil Gaiman read his first Vance tale at age 13. He said:

"I fell in love with the prose style. It was elegant, intelligent; each word felt like it knew what it was doing. It's funny but never, ever once nudges you in the ribs."

Gaiman credits Vance with his own desire to become a writer.

One of the reasons Vance never became as revered as a Mark Twain or as popular as a Ray Bradbury is that his style can be (or seem) challenging. Over the years, I've heard dozens of my friends say, "I really tried to get into Vance, but I always found myself dropping out of his books after two or three chapters." On the other hand, Vance certainly has legions of fans, and may be more popular in Europe than the United States.

Vance published this biography, THIS IS ME, JACK VANCE! at about age 95. As of this writing, he is 97. He has been blind for more than 20 years, and the loss of his eyesight eventually forced him to stop writing - even though he completed some of his best works after his eyes failed, including the marvelous Lyoness series and "Night Lamp," the latter of which is a near masterpiece.

Because of his blindness, Vance was obligated to write his biography by dictation, a process with which was not familiar or comfortable, and he says so at the beginning.

What interesting is that this is a biography of a great writer which contains almost nothing about writing at all. He provides about three pages of commentary about writing near the end of the book, and then he only did so at the insistence of his agent and editors.

The majority of the book is devoted to his passions for life: traveling around the world on a shoestring budget; restaurants serving great food wines, liquors and whiskeys; the world's oceans and sailing; carpentering his home in Oakland from the ground up. Last but not least, and his most ardent passion of all - jazz.

Vance says that his wife, Norma, was an indispensable part of everything he wrote. Their method was to cloister together in a room. Using a fountain pen and notepad, Jack would churn out 2,000 to 3,000 words per day. Norma would type and edit his drafts. Jack would then pore over the first typed version and make changes. Norma would then retype the manuscript - and they sent it off to publishers - all of whom were eager to print whatever they could get with the name "Jack Vance" on the by line.

Ah - but what rooms they worked in! A cabin in rural Ireland, a cottage in Tahiti, a balcony room by the sea in an Italian hotel, a houseboat parked on Nageen Lake in Kashmir, a campsite tent in Zimbabwe, an Oceanside apartment in Australia, a rented house in Mexico - the travels of Jack and Norma (and later with their young son, John), left me astounded!

So this is a biography quite unlike any other - iconoclastic, completely unconcerned with commercial appeal or popularity, unpretentious, humble, filled with terrific, entertaining anecdotes - the last remarkable work of one of the most remarkable writers of all time.
5.0 su 5 stelle This is to you, Jack Vance and Norma...Thank you. 21 marzo 2013
Di Kimball Dawes - Pubblicato su
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The first Jack Vance novel I ever read was City of the Chasch, Book 1 in the Planet of Adventure series. I was in seventh grade, and a friend, who had found it in a second hand bookshop, threw it at me and said, "Read this!" I did and was immediately and irrevocably hooked--'bewitched' is a better term--because from that point on, I searched for and bought every Jack Vance book I could find. I eventually found the other three books in the Planet of Adventure series, not necessarily in the right order. It remains my favorite Vance series, along with the Dying Earth novels, though I have savored just about every one of his books that I've ever read. They transport you, very believably, to other planets, other lands, other cultures, other can virtually smell these places and hear their music and clamor. Jack Vance has a way with language...his way, and his books are well-worth the reading and the re-reading.

This is supposed to be a review of Jack Vance's autobiography/memoir. Some are disappointed that he didn't share more about how he wrote and where his ideas came from. He and his wife, and later his son too, traveled to and lived in exotic places. It is obvious that these destinations influenced his development of alien worlds and cultures and the adventures to be had in those worlds, but his imagination is a gift that he was born with and nurtured by his reading of writers of similar ilk and his observance of human nature and behavior. Of course, reading about or knowing a writer personally can be disappointing. It's like taking a music box apart to see where the music comes from. Writers are often enigmas to non-writers.

Despite the worldly passions and goals of his characters, I applaud Vance's avoidance of profanity and graphic sexual acts in his writings. I love the fact that his wife, Norma, was so involved in the process of his writing as well.

I have sensed a certain wistfulness in this, at times, rambling autobiography or "landscape", as Vance calls it. Perhaps I've just imposed my own wistfulness into it, derived from the fact that Vance will never write another book, and I miss the anticipation of a new Jack Vance book. There's no one else quite like him, though some try to imitate him.

Finally, I gave Jack Vance's autobiography five stars for its modest humanity and, I sadly admit, because it will probably be the last words we fans ever have from him, a bitter draught that's hard to swallow.