Making an Elephant
Writing from Within
By Graham Swift
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307455758, 401pp.)
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
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Here Kazuo Ishiguro advises on how to choose a guitar; Salman Rushdie arrives for Christmas under guard; Caryl Phillips shares a beer with the author at a nightclub in Toronto. There are private moments with Swift's father and with his own younger self, as well as musings--on history, memory, and imagination--that illuminate his work. As generous in its scope as it is acute in its observations, "Making an Elephant" brings together a richly varied selection of essays, portraits, poetry and interviews, full of insights into Swift's passions and motivations, and wise about the friends, family and other writers who have mattered to him over the years.