How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits (2020)

How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits Duncan Fallowell How to Disappear A Memoir for Misfits Duncan Fallowell sets out to odd corners of the world in pursuit of some extraordinary and improbable characters who were in most cases momentarily famous or infamous and then simply disappeared The f
  • Title: How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits
  • Author: Duncan Fallowell
  • ISBN: 9780956795236
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits Duncan Fallowell Duncan Fallowell sets out to odd corners of the world in pursuit of some extraordinary and improbable characters who were in most cases momentarily famous or infamous and then simply disappeared The first to disappear is the author himself to a ghostly hotel on a Mediterranean island His subjects, though unmet or hardly met, live for the reader with remarkable vividness,Duncan Fallowell sets out to odd corners of the world in pursuit of some extraordinary and improbable characters who were in most cases momentarily famous or infamous and then simply disappeared The first to disappear is the author himself to a ghostly hotel on a Mediterranean island His subjects, though unmet or hardly met, live for the reader with remarkable vividness, such as the German artist who bought a large island in the Hebrides and vanished immediately afterward, to the astonishment of its inhabitants Fallowell tracks down the recluse who inspired Evelyn Waugh s creation Sebastian Flyte, the legendary love object of Waugh s novel Brideshead Revisited, who wants both to forget the past and to cling to it He even pursues the ultimate disappearance the death of Princess Diana and the miasma of shock, wonder, and grief that followed, writing Mystification is absolutely essential to our feeling of being alive In these highly original adventures, How to Disappear winds through the eerie abyss that can open up between someone or something being both real and phantom.
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  1. Jim Coughenour

    This morning I decided to finish Duncan Fallowell s How To Disappear, after abandoning it several months ago I opened to the essay entitled Who was Alastair Graham which begins At the end of the nineteen seventies I was living in the small town of Hay on Wye writing a book Until three days ago I d never heard of Hay on Wye a small English town on the border of Wales until, that is, I read Mark Haddon s The Red House which is set in that very town Somehow I wasn t surprised This kind of coinciden [...]

  2. Elizabeth-Anne

    This is a very strange but very lovely book It purports to be a kind of travel journalism, but is really a series of meditations on various misfits , individuals that Fallowell comes into contact with in usually chance ways and who he becomes fascinated with The people having nothing in common other than they are all eccentrics and all touch him in some way All the stories are incomplete, and have as much to do with the author s reactions to them as anything else My favourite chapter was that de [...]

  3. Felice Picano

    I d never heard of Fallowell until this book crossed my desk Now I m a huge fan and looking for all and any of his books to read This is an engaging and actually at times quite funny and then sad and then funny again book about particularly 20th Century and British or Commonwealth characters that the author became interested in and eventually tracked down Probably the selling point is his long piece Who Was Alistair Graham about the man who was the inspiration and model for Evelyn Waugh s great [...]

  4. John

    What a damned quirky book this was indeed Part travel narrative regarding the author s experiences in the places he visits, as well as compelling cases as to why he should devote himself to following the trail of these largely obscure figures The Brideshead section was a bit long for me, though I could see his enthusiasm for the later breakthrough in details Diana s story never really interested my much see also O J Simpson , but I suppose he felt it a noteworthy ending.

  5. Catherine Brown

    This is an extremely interesting book There are so many snippets of information and gossip which can lead you into many directions of future reading I love Duncan Fallowell s style which is refreshingly shocking at times and very descriptive of places and people I m sorry to have finished it.I have just bought a book on Kindle as a result of reading this book Outlandish Knight The Byzantine Life of Steven Runciman by Minoo Dinshaw My next book to read.

  6. Victor Olliver

    First published on Madame Arcati blog July 19, 2012 News Duncan Fallowell wins PEN Ackerley Prize for Memoir for How to Disappear.Is Duncan Fallowell s seventh book How To Disappear A Memoir for Misfits his actual life story True, he confesses on p236 to an impressive 40 sexual partners in the month following Princess Diana s death, including a group of women in a naturist Jacuzzi in Brighton And certainly he liberally seeds us with tantalising glimpses of private multi generational Duncan, incl [...]

  7. ZoraNorka

    P 183 reads At the root of Western literature is The Iliad which is about leaving one s home to go out into the world and realise oneself in the battle of life Only after, as a sequel, comes The Odyssey, the attempt to return, the wandering search for home once again and hoping to recognise it when you find it These great seminal books told us long ago expect to be surprised by the human adventure, expect to be hurt, expect to be moved, upset, mirthful, angry and give love, find love.

  8. William Heath

    Out of the way, dusty corners of literary history relentlessly tracked down and picked over with forensic charm while linked to lively topography make this book difficult to put down One reaches the end but in truth one would like these tales to go on forever or at least for a very long time.

  9. David Corvine

    Found the hippy trail and Alistair Graham loosely Sebastian Flyte material very interesting and enjoyable the Diana section less so.

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