A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles has ratings and 10 reviews. James said: You know how sometimes you hear that a musician or band that you like. In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters lives. Get this from a library! A roomful of Hovings and other profiles. [John McPhee] — Profiles include: Thomas P.F. Hoving, art historian, sometime political influence.
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A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles
Return to Book Page. In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters lives.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Apr 07, James rated it it was amazing. You know how sometimes you hear that a musician or band that you like, is releasing an acoustic, or rarities, or demo album, and you get excited for it’s release, but it always falls flat? And you think to yourself, why did I fall for this again? First off, Hovings certainly isn’t billed as that, but it is one of his earliest books, and the 5 essays here are rarities is some of their style and substance.
As I read through it, I continually found myself making mental lists of all the people I wante You know how sometimes you hear that a musician or band that you like, is releasing an acoustic, or rarities, or demo album, and you get excited for it’s release, but it always falls flat? As I read through it, I continually found myself making mental lists of all the people I wanted to lend this book to afterwards – not every essay for everyone, but the first one for Bill, the second for Jessica, the third for Bill and Jessica, the fourth for Brad and Reed, etc.
There are some weak points at the beginning of the fifth essay, and in the middle of the third – but otherwise, it was my pleasure. McPhee was so much more personally involved in the Hoving essay than usual – he is often involved the actual story, but in this case he seemed to be involved in the background of the story. In the Gibbons story, McPhee includes great background to the events by discussing his attempts to talk Gibbons into their trip.
Wimbeldon grass has a footnote! And Fielding has flashbacks! Mar 29, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: Certainly a good collection of personal profiles, I just didn’t find them as compelling as most of his later work. It could be that I enjoy how he usually inserts his own personal details into his later work. There’s a little of that here, just not as much as I’m used to. Without these details, I found these essays to be somewhat flat and impersonal. I suppose it’s just the style that was used in magazine writing at the time, which McPhee of course helped to change.
I did enjoy the way he descri Certainly a good collection of personal profiles, I just didn’t find them as compelling as most of his later work.
I did enjoy the way he described the travel writer, Fielding. A man who defined himself by his outward appearance, is described by a detailed list of his personal possessions. Contains two of the best New Yorker profiles around. The title essay on longtime Director of the Met, Thomas Hoving, and a second on Temple Fielding, international bon vivant who’s all style and no substance, make for incredible diversions.
I don’t recall the exact date of reading these profiles.
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But obviously none of the persons profiled by McPhee made lasting impression in my memory. I plan to donate my copy to the local public library.
Just a note for future reference. Oct 25, EmmaB rated it really liked it.
They are snippets of lives ohvings the s; hovinhs important, many less known. Reading his prose made me long for longer nights of reading. Aug 07, David rated it it was amazing. Rlomful excellent collection of McPhee’s earlier pieces, written well before he buried himself in the world of geology. Paperback with this cover. Some of his earliest. May 04, Helen rated it really liked it.
Especially liked the profile of the lawnkeeper at Wimbledon. Douglas rated it it was amazing Jun 04, Hugh rated it really liked it Mar 11, Randall rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Eric rated it it was amazing Oct 14, Apr 14, Edmond Stevens rated it really liked it.
This guy is one of my writing heroes — entertaining yet amazingly informing.
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His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since The Founding Fish was published in Books by John McPhee. Trivia About A Roomful of Hovi No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.