The House in France

The House in France

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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"Set in Provence, London, and New York: a daughter's wonderfully evocative and witty memoir of her mother and stepfather--Dee Wells, the glamorous and rebellious American journalist, and A. J. Ayer, the celebrated and worldly Oxford philosopher--and the life they lived at the center of absolutely everything. Gully Wells takes us into the heart of London's liberated intellectual inner circle of the 1960s. Here are Alan Bennett, Isaiah Berlin, Iris Murdoch, Bertrand Russell, Jonathan Miller, Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens, Robert Kennedy, and later in New York Mayor Lindsay and Mike Tyson . . . her mother as a television commentator earning a reputation for her outspoken style and progressive views . . . her stepfather, an icon in the world of twentieth-century philosophy, proving himself as prodigious a womanizer as he was a thinker. And throughout, there is La Migoua, the house in France, on a hill between Toulon and Marseilles, where her parents and their friends came together and where Gully herself learned some of the long-lasting lessons of a life well-lived. A dazzling portrait of a woman who 'caught the spirit of the sixties' and one of the most important intellectual figures of the twentieth century, drawn from the vivid memory of the child who adored them both."--
Publisher: New York : Knopf, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307269805
0307269809
Branch Call Number: 920.0421 Wells 06/2011
Characteristics: 307 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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Jun 22, 2013

This is a very flat memoir, with the author's approach to life as "everything is good". If her parents and the people in their circle were indeed intellectuals, there is no sharing of what they thought about or talked about. Many of the main characters are unknown to-day. Many of the people whose names are still known seem to have been merely acquaintaines or neighbours, so there is no insight provided about their lives. Wells' mother seems to have been a truly awful person whom Wells describes without emotion or judgement. Disappointing.

debwalker Oct 07, 2011

Such interesting lives in such a beautiful place.

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