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Moab Is My Washpot Audiobook

Moab Is My Washpot

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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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  • Sofia
    7/15/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Russ Coupe
    7/14/15
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    Scotland
    6/25/15
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    "Enjoyable insight into Fry's early life."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    He's excellent at reading out loud and putting over the story. Fry's a passible impressionist to boot which adds to his storytelling.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Moab was a place in Ancient Israel, wasn't it?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    6/19/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lancashiresteve
    6/7/15
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    "Loved it"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lily the Pink
    Norfolk, UK
    12/27/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Kettle
    Sussex, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waggoner
    WESTERVILLE, OHIO, US
    10/18/10
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    "A great man with great weaknesses"

    Fry has used this first autobiography to exorcise cohorts of personal demons while offering short guided tours into the dark labyrinth of a genius mind.
    I found it both fascinating and disturbing, and like another reviewer could hardly bear to put it down.
    Fry writes brilliantly for most of the time. Some of his descriptive passages take on a beauty of their own.

    But prepare to ride along with Fry the fox, Fry the weasel, and Fry the most honest and open human being imaginable. Look as close as you might but there are few signs of the genial and donnish presenter of QI to come.

    He takes the trend in many recent autobiographies of opening the heart to the world a good deal further. He lays his entrails on the table and dissects in excruciating detail with verbal tweezers, sparing us nothing.
    There is a road map of sorts through his school days but prepare for him sometimes to stray off the track, creating turgid pools of quotes, lists and vile rants.

    Understanding his well publicised battle with bi-polarity helps separate the parts written while in pits of despair from those soaring the peaks of creative ecstasy. On difficult days at his word processor I could feel him seeking inspiration in lists and details from treasured publications to fill his daily quota. I could also sense those ecstatic days where genius and supreme command of language and writing flowed effortlessly.

    In this book expect a journey through guilt and self loathing. Expect too, some analysis of his sexuality, short dissertations on male beauty and begin to understand his yearnings to love and be loved.
    Some passages might reasonably be described as essays in trivia in which he takes a subject and reduces it to its basic constituents, biting into it furiously from every direction and worrying it to death.

    All that said, I loved the book and respect the man even more having got to understand him better, this time from the inside.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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