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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Hugely entertaining, honest appraisal of his first twenty or so years. Many genuine laugh out loud moments as he tells of his upbringing, education and pokes fun at public school and the establishment generally. Will be onto part 2 immediately
"A self help book??"
Stephen does it again with his inimitable style. His younger days read like a self help book and his patter and descriptive elegance enable the reader to delve into their own lives and compare and contrast. Excellent book. Can't wait for another. (Read all three autobiographies but back to front!)
Fantastic as ever! :) a wonderful listen from start to finish! Unable to stop listening to this genius
"Worth every penny."
Very entertaining and enjoyable. Written and read beautifully by Fry. Can't wait for the next one.
"A really frank and honest read."
Stephen Fry recites his story honestly and frankly. Let's you see the real Stephen Fry
"Lovely insight into Stephen Fry"
A wonderful listen, getting to know more about a lovely man. Honest and witty
"everything I'd hoped it would be."
just as I had hoped this book was entertaing and interesting. There are highes and lows and many laughes.
I really enjoyed this. Both interesting, educational and fun. Looking forward to the next instalment. I would recommend this book.
"I value Stephen's raw honest"
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.
"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.
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