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Old 12th Aug 2005, 16:07   #11
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I'm sure the first time I came across it was in The Rotters' Club.
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Old 12th Aug 2005, 20:29   #12
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Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights; the accumulations of a lifetime gather there. In places the palimpsest is so heavily worked that the letters feel like braille. I like to keep my body rolled up away from prying eyes. Never unfold too much, tell the whole story. I didn't know Louise would have reading hands. She has translated me into her own book.
That of course is from Written On The Body by Jeanette Winterson.
I am pleased and quite surprised to see that my local branch library has Winterson's full line-up on the shelves. You should see some of the stuff in here...
I like this book very much indeed, superb writing. Winterson's voice is hauntingly clear and beautiful. Also lonely somehow, maybe that's the 'haunting' part. I'm reminded of the soloist in a children's choir.
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Old 12th Aug 2005, 20:36   #13
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Of course, how could I have forgotten that one!

RC - welcome back! :D
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Old 12th Aug 2005, 23:25   #14
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Yeah, welcome back, RC. Hope you had a swell vacation.
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Old 12th Aug 2005, 23:47   #15
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Hi, good to see you back, RC. :D
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Old 15th Aug 2005, 10:00   #16
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Saw this in the local rag on Friday and for a second thought "am I supposed to be doing something, then?"
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Old 16th Aug 2005, 16:22   #17
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Thanks Coly and Rick and John. I'm not really "back", not yet, maybe in the fall. For now I'm only checking in once in a while, using a public library computer. I miss you all and I think in the end I will break down, get a computer and internet connection - although it's amazing how many more hours there are in the day, this way. Toodle-oo.
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Old 23rd Aug 2005, 15:26   #18
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I found a Palimpsest in Paul Auster's NY trilogy, where he's writing in a red notebook while walking around and finds that he has created "an illegible palimpsest".
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Old 15th Sep 2005, 15:06   #19
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I found a 'palimpest' in Ian McEwan's Saturday.
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Old 15th Sep 2005, 15:17   #20
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Gore Vidal's autobiography is entitled Palimpsest: A Memoir.

I forgot to add, I know this as I'm currently reading Mr Vidal's Julian. And very good it is too.
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