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by Ross McElwee,David Shields

What does it mean to construct a self? What does it mean to turn your life into a narrative? What’s gained? What’s lost? What lies inevitably get told? What deeper truths are reached or at least reached for? Enough About You has no answers to these questions, but it frames and asks these questions in a much more overt, honest, precise, and provocative way than any book has attempted yet, and tries to do so while also delivering the pleasures of narrative, of memoir, of search-for-self.With moving and often hilarious candor, Shields explores the connections between fiction and nonfiction, stuttering and writing, literary forms and literary contents, art and life; he confronts bad reviews of his earlier books; he examines why he read a college girlfriend’s journal; he raids a wide range of cultural figures (from Rousseau, Nabokov, and Salinger to Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, and Bobby Knight) for what they have to tell him about himself.Enough About You is a book about David Shields. But it is also a terrifically engrossing exploration and exploitation of self-reflection, self-absorption, full-blown narcissism, and the impulse to write about oneself. In a world awash with memoirs and tell-alls, Shields has created something unique: he invites the reader into his mind as he turns his life into a narrative.
Download Enough About You: Notes Toward the New Autobiography epub
ISBN: 1593762194
ISBN13: 978-1593762193
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Author: Ross McElwee,David Shields
Language: English
Publisher: Soft Skull Press; First Trade Paper edition (January 1, 2009)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1873 kb
FB2 size: 1300 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 724
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After reading my first book by David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life, I was impressed enough that I wanted to read more, and so I immediately ordered his book, Enough About You. Initially, I found it to be rather entertaining but somehow irritating at the same time. There is an almost nasty attitude to his writing that I find off-putting, so that I finally found the whole enterprise tiresome and was relieved when I came to the end of the book rather than satisfied or edified in any way, as I had been after having read his previous book. I'm not really tempted to read any more Shields, although I understand that there are a couple of his books that have been recommended by writers whom I admire. It's a shame. But then, there are so many, many other books that I want to read and only so much time. And I want to be either uplifted or, at the least, entertained.
Sheri Nelson Maclean, The Woodlands, Texas
I keep buying all David Shields books so I guess I'm a dedicated fan....though sometimes stories are repeated between various books. He does have a style that keeps attracting me though and I will keep reading his books. He's also an excellent source for information on other relevant authors.