Memories of the Ford Administration

Memories of the Ford Administration

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When historian Alfred a€œAlfa€ Clayton is invited by an academic journal to record his impressions of the Gerald R. Ford Administration (1974a€“77), he recalls not the political events of the time but rather a turbulent period of his own sexual past. Alfa€™s highly idiosyncratic contribution to Retrospect consists not only of reams of unbuttoned personal history but also of pages from an unpublished project of the time, a chronicle of the presidency of James Buchanan (1857a€“61). The alternating texts mirror each other and tell a story in counterpoint, a frequently hilarious comedy of manners contrasting the erotic etiquette and social dictions of antebellum Washington with those of late-twentieth-century southern New Hampshire. Alfa€™s style is Nabokovian. His obsessions are vintage Updike.The alternating texts mirror each other and tell a story in counterpoint, a frequently hilarious comedy of manners contrasting the erotic etiquette and social dictions of antebellum Washington with those of late-twentieth-century southern ...


Title:Memories of the Ford Administration
Author: John Updike
Publisher:Random House - 2012-09-18
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