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by Gore Vidal

ISBN: 0345321049
ISBN13: 978-0345321046
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 12, 1984)
Category: Literary
Subategory: Literature

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Gore Vidal's Judgment of Paris takes the reader on an exotic Grand Tour of Rome, Cairo and Paris . One has to ask oneself at the conclusion of the book how Philip Warren will ever be satisfied settling down in Hudson, NY, upon his return home. 2 people found this helpful.

Gore Vidal's Judgment of Paris takes the reader on an exotic Grand Tour of Rome, Cairo and Paris in the company of law school graduate, Philip Warren of straight-laced Hudson River Valley stock.

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Novelist Gore Vidal named his 1952 book, The Judgment of Paris, after this story. The Judgement of Paris was burlesqued in the 1954 musical The Golden Apple. In it, the three goddesses have been reduced to three town biddies in smalltown Washington state. They ask Paris, a traveling salesman, to judge the cakes they have made for the church social. Each woman (the mayor's wife, the schoolmarm, and the matchmaker) makes appeals to Paris, who chooses the matchmaker

With the Judgment of Paris, Vidal became the heir to a beautiful tradition that may be traced back to Thomas .

With the Judgment of Paris, Vidal became the heir to a beautiful tradition that may be traced back to Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain" and Somerset Maugham's "Christmas Holiday. Brilliant! By Thriftbooks. com User, July 31, 2006. Like Paris, he knows the lures of power, knowlwdge and love, represented by three fascinating women

Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal's fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr, 1876, Washington, . Empire, and Hollywood. It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when President-elect Abraham Lincoln slips into Washington, flanked by two bodyguards. The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him.

GORE VIDAL (1925-2012) was an American writer of novels, essays, screenplays, and stage plays, and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing

GORE VIDAL (1925-2012) was an American writer of novels, essays, screenplays, and stage plays, and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As a novelist Vidal explored the nature of corruption in public and private life; the polished, erudite style of narration readily evokes the time and place of the story, and perceptively delineates the psychology of the characters.

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The Judgment of Paris. Author: Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012. Note: New York: E. P. Dutton and C. 1952.

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BroWelm
Gore Vidal's Judgment of Paris takes the reader on an exotic Grand Tour of Rome, Cairo and Paris in the company of law school graduate, Philip Warren of straight-laced Hudson River Valley stock. The action unfolds in a dream-like fashion, the reader assuming the role of voyeur into the lives of the undercover decadent in Europe, whether in the baths of Rome with gangs of young satyr-like boys peddling sexual pleasures, at a party in a Parisian drawing room attended by "middle-aged gentlemen in evening gowns and twenty or thirty young men in Brooks Brothers suits," at the levee of the hermaphrodite, Augusta, surrounded by a random assortment of international acolytes (including two rather unexpected attendees - two "Southern boys" from Spartanburg, NC), or at the grand finale: Zoe Helotius' birthday fete for the British King aboard the Bain de Ligny, a public bathhouse barge the socialite has had transformed into "a new Venice, a new Byzantium, a new Babylon with glowing lanterns everywhere and burning torches held by half-nude Algerian boys."

Vidal's creative genius is in full throttle here in his 1952 novel, and is complemented by his masterly ability to set the stage, whether it be the play of light across nature, or the details distinguishing a particular foreign streetscape. "A small town oppressed, obsessed by the ruins which surrounded it, on which it perched, like a living weed in a bone heap: the remains of palaces and temples, markets and quais, of what had been the greatest city in the world there thousand years before." Throughout, the reader is reminded of the ephemeral nature of all things, of mortality, of death, themes of central import clearly to the author.

While I found the potpourri of side themes Vidal explores amusing (such as that of the celebrated mystery writer who is diverted from her task of writing into assisting with a suicide of a wealthy and obese buffoon languishing in the desert), it made for a bit of a disjointed story line. Indeed, in certain respects, the book seemed more like a series of short stories than a tightly organized novel.

One thing is for sure though. When Vidal puts his mind to write - he is a genius with words bar none. The Judgment of Paris contains two exceptional feats of writing about two central human activities, making love and dying, that continue to electrify sixty years after they were written. The two-page love scene, unquestionably is the best account of lovemaking I've ever read anywhere - not for its harshly graphic detail, c. 2015, but for Vidal's virtuoso ability to convey the electricity of raw, animal attraction and desire, the lovers drawn to consummate their act in the great outdoors, on a Normandy beach. And the exquisitely rendered page-long description of a drug addict teetering at the threshold of death through overdose is untouchable.

One has to ask oneself at the conclusion of the book how Philip Warren will ever be satisfied settling down in Hudson, NY, upon his return home.

Beazezius
Vidal's JUDGEMENT OF PARIS is a complex, occasionally labored, frequently prescient, and hysterically funny observation of life as it existed in Europe, for visiting Americans, after WW2. As 10 Williams (and V. himself said) it ws the novel where he finally embraced his own style that evolved over the years, and the book is full of exuberant wit, a view of who we were then, an examination of what made our world ideas flaccid or trenchant, and a cast of characters from the Best British Eccentric written since Waugh (the gay & lunatic Lord Glen Elllen) to a series of set pieces involving historical characters like Denham Foutts, and witty approximations of others then on the scene. (Primarily Rome). It is also a somewhat eerie approximation of a new religion lurching to be born, and in tandem, an exploration of the legend that is the judgement of Paris. It's memorably worth reading, even if it is not of a perfect piece, and to those who like Vidal, it will usurp the place reserved for some of his better known historical novels. An imperfect, but radiant gem that sheds brighter & more ensorceling light with repeated readings.

Kuve
Anything by Gore Vidal is worth reading. This account of a young man's year in Europe is filled with exotic characters, some verging on the ridiculous and others more sinister in their intentions. The narrator's love affairs with two different women are not totally convincing as most of his associates appear to be gay. He observes closely the absurd behavior of several men locked into a strange cult of worshiping a hermaphrodite who appears to be wanted by the police. For some weird and way out experiences Gore Vidal is a master story-teller and keeps you turning the pages. Highly recommended.

Grarana
i have never underlined some many lines and even pages in a book in my entire life - and i am a voracious reader. the breadth of knowledge of the works ancient - and modern - writers which vidal brings to his work is staggering...and fun (though much less important) to identify when he sometimes discusses their work without naming them, as well. as we see in the recent documentary in which he participated broadly the the sheer brilliance of his political, emotional and social insights is virtually unparalleled - truths if not necessarily popular ones. i've since downloaded all the other books of his which you carry!

Adaly
Too much LGBT for my taste.

Akir
I'm a big Vidal fan, but could barely finish this. Some amusing episodes, but overall going nowhere.

Chankane
I was looking forward to this, as I have admired Vidal’s witty comments, but this is a pretentious overblown story about an unlikeable nongay egotistical and cynical young American, Phillip Warren, meeting equally unlikeable people in the gay world in postwar Europe. Affords Vidal the opportunity to heavily pontificate on the human condition, while parenthetically pontificating on the role of writer. One reviewer praised this book saying it lacked the ponderous cynicism of later Vidal. In that case, I doubt I shall be reading later Vidal.

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