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A Book of One's Own: People and Their Diaries Book Review Summary

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Mallon writes engagingly about the diaries of hundreds of people, well known and obscure -- the reasons they wrote, what they wrote, what they made of themselves and their times. His judgments are honest but fair: Anais Nin's diaries had "an off-putting Delphic pride," with "what seems a biological inability to refrain from recording expressions of praise that have been directed to her by others." Stendhal "knows what a magnificent cad he is," and his diaries are "so great that by their end one would rather be him than read him."
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Life of a profession:    -   writer Other aspects:    -   story of "the rich" Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Setting

United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Italy    -   Germany

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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