However you think of him, though, and whatever you remember him for, The Blaze of Obscurity is perhaps Clive's most brilliant book yet. Part Clive James on TV and part Clive James on TV, it tells the inside story of his years in television, shows Clive on top form both then and now, and proves -- once and for all -- that Clive has a way with words . . . whatever the medium.
This is well up to the author's usual standard, the book contains the usual mix of laughter and the poignant. It does seem a tad short, and one wonders what the word "abridged" really means in this case. However, being read by the author, we must assume we have not been short changed. Keep at it Clive, I can't wait for the next instalment!
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I did enjoy this book, but like the previous reviewer, I too found it frustratingly short. I suppose one could buy the unabridged paper version, but then you miss out on Clive James' narration which is one of the main attractions of an audiobook. He has a such a good conversational style of delivery, perfectly suited to his text, which comprises the usual attractive mix of wit, anecdote, insight and self-deprecating humour with a dash of underlying seriousness - those who have listened to his pieces for Radio 4 on "A Point of View" will know what to expect. I wish he could be persuaded to narrate his work in an unabridged version though.
But, that said, it's still well worth worth buying. I'm sure I will listen to it again.
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I grew up listening to, reading and watching Clive James. He is/was an original. He treated high and low art the same and commented on them without insulting your intelligence. So this memoir is like a trip down memory lane. His self-deprecating humour always appealed to me as did his ability to pick on a detail in an event whether it be minor or major that forever more enriched it for you. His postcards series was way ahead of its time - I am pretty sure he was the person to introduce the rest of the world to the phenomenons of karaoke and torture based reality shows (courtesy of the Japanese) all of which are main-stream now. I felt like it was a misfortune that had befallen a member of my extended family when I heard he had been diagnosed with leukemia back in 2011 and was "on his last legs". In a sign that maybe there is a benevolent force in the universe after all, he has made it to 2017. Long may he run.
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If you could sum up The Blaze of Obscurity in three words, what would they be?
Witty, Intelligent and Insightful.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blaze of Obscurity?
The birth of Watch Maker.
What about Clive James’s performance did you like?
Everything! I wish 'Unreliable memoirs' and 'Falling toward England' were available on Audible.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Genius at it's most memorable.
Any additional comments?
Shame this is only the abridged release. Contains lots of references to the most memorable moments from his TV shows including the Trabbant in Postcode from Berlin and the end of the year shows. Also explains the (imo ill-fated move to ITV) Will now be buying the book!