Gore Vidal Remembered 1925-2012 by Fara
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Not too many mere mortals are lucky enough to have coffee with someone they have admired and followed for years. I was lucky enough to have coffee with Gore Vidal in the Klingsor Cafe in the pretty village of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast in September 2001. His memoir ‘Palimpsest’, a book I dip into all the time, was given to me by a dear friend 30 years ago. I never thought that one day I would add the autograph to the book. One of the things he spoke about that day was his sadness at leaving this beautiful place where he had lived for many years in La Rondinaia, his spectacular villa perched above the blue Mediterranean. I could go on and on about this man of great wit and charm, who had the most gorgeous speaking voice, but I will leave you with one of my favourite Vidal stories. He was asked once in an interview what would have happened in 1963 had Kruschev been assassinated instead of Kennedy……………..he thought for a moment and replied……………’It is difficult to say with history, but I can tell you one thing, Aristotle Onassis would not have married Mrs Kruschev.
Gore Vidal left his beloved Ravello in 2003 and moved to a house in the Hollywood Hills where he died today at the age of 86.

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  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    LOL! I read that he was floored by Norman Mailer, and from the floor he said something like this ‘Norman is lost for words as usual’. I read his Lincoln, an engrossing read. What a lovely memory you have of meeting him. And a lovely tribute, Joyce. x

  • Thank you dear Agnes………………and you know how I hate to name drop……………haha……………..I remember phoning Paul from Ravello when I came out of the cafe to tell him what had happened………………….in typical Paul voice he replied……………..Darling duchess, I hope it rains toads on your head for the rest of your holiday………………….priceless memories……………..from both men with exquisite speaking voices………………….xx

    – Fara

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    Soo Paul. He was lovely. x


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