I don’t usually read autobiographies, but I adore Stephen Fry so couldn’t resist reading his. It reads very well, and I like the way it skips about in a fairly random fashion from subject to subject much as if he was really speaking to you and a thought occurs to him and he goes off at a tangent on a different subject, just like a real conversation. I also like the fact it’s funny but not constantly funny all the time, as life isn’t like that so his story wouldn’t ring as true if it was extremely comical all the time. I like his sense of humour in his observations, particularly about English eccentricities and about himself.

I was surprised at how honest he is in the book, I felt he could have easily glossed over or not mentioned some of his bad behaviour and crimes and the reader would have been none the wiser so I am impressed at how open he is in the book and how much he shared, not just about the bad things he did but also about things that I’m sure make him cringe, like his note to his 25 year old self and his poems. I also admire the way he doesn’t try and excuse his bad behaviour or attempt to put forward reasons why he wasn’t to blame. I did feel disappointed in the fact he wasn’t a particularly nice young boy or young man and that he was dishonest and selfish and that there seemed to be no reason for this as he came from a stable family and had support and advantages, and I struggle to see today’s Stephen Fry in that young man.

I was also surprised at the level of detail he goes into about his homosexuality – I don’t tend to think of this being a huge part of his life or character when I see him on TV now but it obviously was when he was much younger, but perhaps this is the same for all teenagers. I also couldn’t help wondering if his ‘deflowering’ affected him more than he admits or perhaps realises himself, he seems determined to state in his book that it did not affect him and he doesn’t feel he was assaulted or badly treated and he seems to almost gloss over the event, but I couldn’t help feeling that it surely must have affected him or even traumatised him in some way.

I found it a fascinating read, one with several surprises and many things that made me chuckle, and the overall feeling I am left with is how honest and brave his writing is. I can’t wait to read his second book (already purchased and sat on my bookshelf waiting – lucky me).

Moab Is My Washpot (Paperback)

By (author): Stephen Fry

Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 Pages: 448 in Publisher: Arrow a) A fatuous. Wasted degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate Do. 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 liarians. Stephen Fry `s autobiography is all and none of these. too old to rock and roll. too young to die. the author looks back with uising frankness at his life so ...
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