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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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  • MR
    St Georges, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "A National Treasure"

    This is a frank, even graphic account of the formative years of a national treasure. Covering the first twenty years of his life; Fry records his experiences of childhood, school, dishonesty, criminality and confectionery. As other reviewers have said, this novel is candid to the extreme. It is remarkable that the man we know today emerged from the child protagonist in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sonia
    Ongar, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Fry forever"

    Absolutely loved this book. A riveting story about the growing up of a great man. It is interesting to hear about whilst knowing about Stephens bi polar.

    Brilliant title - look up what it means halfway through listening to the book - it will make the perfect sense why it is called it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhianna
    KIDLINGTON, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "It's Stephen Fry, of course it's wonderful"

    Moab is my Washpot is a fantastic book. When reading it in print, every sentence feels quintessentially Stephen Fry, so it feels like such a treat to listen to his wonderful voice reading it. His voice is soothing, the content is unashamedly honest, touching and funny. This is one of my favourite audiobooks, one I will listen to over and over. If you are a fan of Stephen Fry (and let's be honest, who isn't?), buy this audiobook. You will love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Konstantina
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    3/16/13
    Overall
    "A very enjoyable listen"

    'Moab Is My Washpot' gives a fascinating account of Stephen Fry's younger years and will have you laughing out loud one moment and reconsidering your values and ideas about life the next. The narration is, of course, excellent and reminds me of the narration of the Harry Potter books, especially when he is talking about his days at boarding school. Must buy! :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • melanie
    Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom
    2/2/13
    Overall
    "It's Stephen Fry"

    It's Stephen Fry so it is obviously a great book. I will admit I enjoyed The Fry Chronicles a bit more than this, not sure why. Stephen's voice is lovely and very easy to listen to. It's great to know he was a bit of a "wrong un" when he was younger, so he is not all wonderful like everyone thinks. He explains that he does'nt know why people think he is a clever and an upstanding member of the community. I would recommend this book to anyone, you can't go wrong with Fry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua
    United Kingdom
    1/20/13
    Overall
    "A very good listen indeed, love the voice and word"

    I'm a massive fan of Stephen Fry, from QI through to The Fry Chronicles, so when I realised he'd actually had one previous autobiography, I just had to have a listen, or at the very least a read. I decided to stick it on my free credits, since I don't seem to find the time to use them anyway, and I am eternally grateful that I took this decision.



    The book takes a series of twists and turns as we explore the younger years of Fry's life, including everything from prep school through to mentions of his days in Yorkshire. Unbelievably entertaining, and a definite hit with anyone who feels that their own sense of self awareness is holding them back in the professions of acting, broadcasting, music, or any other public display of emotion. A true gem amongst a world of interesting reads, this should definitely not be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lily the Pink
    Norfolk, UK
    12/27/12
    Overall
    "Google the title if you want to know what it means"

    I was intrigued to find out more about Stephen Fry's background, and perhaps why he is the way he is. His insight into his junior self is painful and at times heart-breaking, and there seem to have been few happy episodes in his young life; or maybe that is just how he remembers it. I'm sad that the despair seems to have continued into his adult life, despite that insight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Hailsham, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    London, United Kingdom
    4/22/12
    Overall
    "Unmissable!"

    Excellent!!

    Stephen Fry does it again! OK, this is his first of his two autobiographies, but I read his second, "The Fry Chronicles" first, so this is why I've said he's done it "again".

    it doesn't matter which order you read the two parts of his life detailed in these accounts as they are self-encapsulated. I was blown away by how good Fry's writing is and how natural it is too. Fry's total mastery of the English language is just amazing and this book shows just how bright he was from an early age. But it also shows how human and fallible he was too.

    Fascinating, touching, funny and brutally honest, Stephen Fry has penned an absolutely superb account of his early life and as I'm nowhere near as proficient with the English language as he is I cannot offer up enough superlatives to recommend highly enough this autobiography. I'm sure that if you read this one you will be hungry for the next instalment in "The Fry Chronicles".

    I'm out of words, but not praise for this book.

    If you don't read it you'll be missing out on what the English language was made for!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    TOTNES, United Kingdom
    11/22/11
    Overall
    "Moab"

    After really enjoying Stephen read his "chronicles" I thought I couldn't go wrong reading the first part of his autobiography....Sorry Steve but it doesn't work nearly as well for me. I actually got a bit bored with the constant self flagellation and swearing, not upset by it but bored by it. As of yet I haven't finished it but have moved on. Maybe I'll come back to it one day and finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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