A Postillion Struck by Lightning was a best seller on first publication and marked Dirk Bogarde's transition from star of stage and screen to a best-selling and internationally acclaimed author. This vivid and engaging memoir traces the first steps of Dirk Bogarde as a young actor before he became world famous as well as his childhood amidst the enchanting beauty of rural Sussex. Here is the delightful harmony of summer days spent fishing with his young sister, a hunt for an escaped tortoise, the discovery of the biggest mushroom in the world, and the quest to win a pet canary at the local fair. Then came the plays he and sister used to put on in their barn, followed by the local amateur dramatic society, all a prelude to his growing desire to join the world of the stage.
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"Fantastic Read and wonderfully read by the Author"
I have been waiting for ages to have Bogarde's autobiographical books available (I have them all on cassette but no longer a good way to listen to them. I hope that the rest (Backcloth, An Orderly Man etc) will become available soon as well as his novels - I will purchase them all!
"A nostalgic trip back in time"
Dirk Bogarde's marvelous voice is so relaxing as he reads his enchanting story of long, carefree, summer days of his youth. You can almost feel that you are there with him and his sister and the reminiscences took me right back to my own childhood. Dirk Bogarde will always be remembered as one of this country's finest actors and should also get credit for being a great author. I really enjoyed this audio book and just know I shall revisit it several times.
"A journey back in time"
This wonderful book of the childhood memories of Dirk Bogarde takes me back to the tiny details of my own youth in the Dorset countryside of the 1950s. Read by the author, Dirk Bogarde has such a familiar and warm reading voice, that he makes it come doubly alive. His snatches of conversation with his sister are so real. His depictions of the countryside so vivid. His recollections of his beginnings in the theatre totally without pretention or name dropping. What a real pleasure it has been to listen to him. I shall certainly download the other books in the series.
Dirk Bogarde takes you by the hand and leads you through his childhood with ease - I love all his books but those which centre on his time as a child in the rosy days betwixt the wars are especially precious - to think his agent wanted him to take a more 'adult' approach ? - thank heaven he didn't listen - but you should - wonderful stuff.
"A surprising man"
Yes. Great insight into a person who could easily be misjudged.
His wartime experiences.
Yes the same quality, depth and breadth.
I don't share my emotions with the general public.
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"Charming, great humour, and beautifully crafted."
Absolutely, for those that enjoy a glimpse into a bygone age, and a good chuckle. A combination of a slice of social history, of growing up pre 2nd world war, and country life with the angst of childhood growing pains. Read so well by the author.
The opening scenes, a missing tortoise, was really very funny, I was listening too out whilst out for a walk ( with headphones), and found myself grinning and laughing as I listened.
His little sister, v funny and wonderfully read by dirk Bogarde.
Real affection for both dirk and his sister. The book is full of lots of humour.
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