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Moab Is My Washpot | [Stephen Fry]

Moab Is My Washpot

a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose. b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service. c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring.
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Publisher's Summary

a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose.

b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service.

c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring and self-destructive debaucheries: the unrepentant libertine author seeks revenge on his many enemies and tears the lid off the private life of blameless churchmen and librarians.

Fry`s autobiography is all and none of these. Too old to rock and roll, too young to die, the author looks back with bruising frankness at his life so far.

©1997 Stephen Fry (P)1997 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Stephen Fry is one of the great originals. This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion. That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." (Financial Times)

"He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood - some of his bursts of smile take the breath away - his most satisfying and appealing book so far." (Observer)

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  • Sarah Abbott
    Market Harborough
    5/22/15
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    "Loved it"

    The frankness of Stephen fry's life is refreshing. A great book narrated well. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    4/3/15
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    "Excellent"

    Superb book, a real life hearts and minds look on growing up as a boy at boarding school in the 70/80's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James P Jarvis
    Lyminge, Kent UK
    2/16/15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"


    I really enjoyed this. Both interesting, educational and fun. Looking forward to the next instalment. I would recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    South Africa
    2/11/15
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    "I value Stephen's raw honest"
    Any additional comments?

    Moab Is My Washpot is a frank, brutally honest, witty portrayal of Stephen's early life. Though often told with a whimsical undertone Stephen's takes the reader on an insightful and in-depth journey through his school years. I enjoy Stephen's writing style and his narration is excellent and easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    2/5/15
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    "Insightful and amusing."

    This the first book of three is extremely frank honest and well written. this book focuses primarily on his childhood and is full of hilarious stories and fun little facts.

    Stephen Fry is of course; a wonderful narrator and the audio quality is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darragh Woods
    1/25/15
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    "Fantastically written and read"

    Not only does Mr.Fry have a very interesting life story, he also tells it very well. I also wish I had his linguistic capabilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren
    1/16/15
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    "Love me a bit of the Fry"

    Amazing as always. I loved this as a book and love Stephens voice when he reads it. Soothing and wonderful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sal
    1/12/15
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    "Honest character"

    Honest open autobiography. He isn't as posh as he sounds, very down to earth. A very likeable character which make his life story easy to listen to and full of comedy moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    N. Yorks
    10/26/14
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    "Honest, Very interesting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moab Is My Washpot to be better than the print version?

    Stephen's voice calms and guides you though the early years of his life through to early adult and the 'nick'. Having owned the paper version the audio makes you listen again n again.


    What other book might you compare Moab Is My Washpot to, and why?

    Naturally his second memoir.


    What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Makes you feel its just Stephen and you across a dinner table having a chat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and have.


    Any additional comments?

    A very honest, and interesting early life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • irish1809
    9/1/14
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    "Wonderfully engaging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moab Is My Washpot to be better than the print version?

    It is better than the print edition because its actually read by the author and Stephen Fry has the most delightful way of telling you the story of his early years. You hear and feel in some cases the emotions connected with the story and can hear his smile when its a good part and sometimes the sadness when its not such a nice remembrance. He holds nothing back and its a frank and honest rollercoaster through the early part of his life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moab Is My Washpot?

    I loved the story of a primary age Stephen proudly taking a dead mole for the nature table in the desperate need for a gold star to be upstaged again by the same school mate as always with a donkey in the playground, the following chaos when confronted later with the consequences of death and decay are both sad and hilarious.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to a couple of other Stephen Fry performances ( Harry Potter - not available on Audible) and a short on Puns but this by far is my favourite to date because it is his own story and his own words. The way he delivers them is almost like having a nice conversation with him and I love his way of performing like he knows each and every listener.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His description of falling in love for the first time is very moving and quite sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    BUY BUY BUY this audiobook its a really good listen and Stephen Fry truly is a National Treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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