Friday, June 24, 2011

Hitch-22: A Memoir

Well, I finally managed to lay hands on a copy of this book.  Comments will be a work in progress because I'm still reading it.  Right now, I'm just getting through his childhood.  This passage about his mother leapt out at me:

Yvonne, then, was the exotic and the sunlit when I could easily have had a boyhood of stern and dutiful English gray.  She was the cream in the coffee, the gin in the Campari, the offer of wine or champagne instead of beer, the laugh in the face of bores and purse-mouths and skinflints, the insurance against bigots and prudes.  Her defeat and despair were also mine for a long time, but I have reason to know that she wanted me to withstand the woe, and when I once heard myself telling someone that she had allowed me a "second identity" I quickly checked myself and thought, no, perhaps with luck she had represented my first and truest one.  (Hitchens 25-26)

^ That, right there, is why I love Hitch. ^


Hitchens, Christopher. Hitch-22: A Memoir. Toronto, Canada: McClellend & Stewart, 2010.

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