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
"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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"Like a private discussion with Stephen Fry"
Stephen Fry narrated by Stephen Fry was wonderful. It was like he was confiding his most intimate secrets.
Stephen Fry is a natural story teller. His honesty in his writing and the soothness of his voice make a perfect combination for an audible book.
The book takes you on a journey of laughter and humour to glimpses of deeper, darker areas of Stephen Fry's mind.
"A gem for your ears"
Listening to Stephen Fry tell his own stories is a pure bliss. Each line is voiced with authenticity one simply can not expect when reading a book. Each sarcastic notion, each of his unrelated musings is brought to light and brightened by Fry's voice and intonation.
The stories he tell will leave you laughing for day, while not without a harsh moral judgement. His love for language and words will entice you and will make you fall in love with every word you say.
"Yet again, brilliant!"
For some reason I have read the collection of Mr Fry's autobio's back words, none the less have found every one a brilliant read
"Enjoyable insight into Fry's early life."
This first volume of a trilogy of memoirs (I suspect there will be more) is definitely the most enjoyable. It gives an insight to Fry's upbringing. Very interesting story of life at English public schools in the '60s and '70s.
I'd compare 'The Fry Chronicles' as it's very similar in its narrative and rhythm. Moab and Chronicles could have been one volume. His latest attempt at a memoir, 'More Fool Me' is a rushed and lazy piece of drivel.
He's excellent at reading out loud and putting over the story. Fry's a passible impressionist to boot which adds to his storytelling.
Moab was a place in Ancient Israel, wasn't it?
Loved this book. Having been to a Scottish 'public' school at about the same time (all be it not so fancy dan as Stephen's) it was interesting to note the vast differences between the two experiences.
"Stephen Fry's murky past."
Stephen Fry always reads wonderfully! His childhood was interesting, his teens surprisingly bad! He did well eventually and his parents' patience was rewarded.
The story of Stephen Fry's early life, from childhood through to troubled teen ending just before he goes to University. Fry's reading of his own material is always entertaining, I could listen to him read the phone book. He is brutally honest about his own failings and flaws, but always the humour shines through the sadness. The story of a very naughty schoolboy. Highly recommended
The frankness of Stephen fry's life is refreshing. A great book narrated well. Highly recommended.
Superb book, a real life hearts and minds look on growing up as a boy at boarding school in the 70/80's
"How a jailbird became a National Treasure"
I have read a disgustingly filthy, sometimes proud, often conceited, over-privileged, occasionally arrogant and slightly posh-prat tell me how he eventually amended his behaviour and became an unofficial but undoubted National Treasure. It is Stephen Fry, and I heartily commend the book to anyone who admires the man and enjoys good writing. At the end I wanted to hug the guy, and urge him to hurry up and write another four or five volumes. It is his best book so far. (And I have read the others, which are all worth reading.) The title, Moab Is My Washpot, is a quotation from the Bible. As I write my own diary stuff I am aware that this wonderful book, an account of his first twenty years, can help my own attempt at honest. But the book makes me also aware that writing your own story can never be wholly honest.
"Awesome Stephen, I loved your Washpot"
This had me riveted during a long car journey. Truly a delight on the senses it left me fully satisfied.
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