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.’
‘The only person I ever met who knew both Princess Soumphady and King Sisowath was a dancer named Chea Samy. She was said to be one of the Cambodia’s greatest dancers, a national treasure. She was also Pol Pot’s sister-in-law.’
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