By Geoffrey Wolff
With those interwoven autobiographical essays, Geoffrey Wolff, writer of the acclaimed The Duke of Deception, recounts the ethical (and immoral) schooling of a author, buddy, husband, and father, as he deals his lively, dependent, and deeply felt observations on a unprecedented existence: from wildly dysfunctional formative years Christmases to a concupiscent profession instructing literature in Istanbul; from a victory over the chaos of drink to a life-affirming give up to the majesty of the Matterhorn; and from a foundering friendship to the transcending love of family.
He stocks with us, then, the knowledge of an alert guy studying throughout the unsettling collisions of time, position, and native customized, and during the strength of hassle and danger, to convey his many disparate selves jointly -- with extraordinary high-stakes candor and astonishing literary agility.
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My plan, while Karen watched from below, was to leap from one branch to another, not unlike that guy in a loincloth. I may have even yodeled as I reached out for the targeted branch, but it was all over before it began. The branch I grabbed had been dead for years and broke off clean. The momentum swung my legs in front of me and I ended up in a muddy bog, flat on my back -- branch still in hand. The air had been completely knocked from my lungs and all I could do was lay there and gasp. " Karen asked, with genuine concern.
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A Day at the Beach: Recollections by Geoffrey Wolff