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Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter

Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter [Kindle Edition]

Antonia Fraser
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Captivating. --The Evening Standard

It is… a love story, romantic, poignant and very funny, illuminating her husband's character and creativity. --The Times

Antonia Fraser writes a moving portrait of her relationship with late husband Harold Pinter. --Vogue


'A wonderful tour of the world's top tables...the charm of this book lies in the powerful love between her and Pinter...Her account of Pinter's last days, roaring like a lion in the face of death, are deeply moving.' -- Kate Saunders TIMES 'Brave but often funny in its account of a scandal that became a destiny, it teaches modern lovers a lesson that many will need to learn: how to say the long goodbye.' -- Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT 'Combining disarming emotional frankness with restrained elegance, Antonia Fraser weaves her diary entries and memories into a compelling and moving history of a long, passionate relationship.' -- Katie Owen SUNDAY TIMES 'The quiet brilliance of this book steals up on you... it's funny, clever and controlled... there is so much generosity here and so much love that by the final page, in a London hospital on Christmas Eve 2008, I was in tears.' GUARDIAN 'An uplifting, warm and moving tribute' GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1905 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (25 Feb 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A memoir of a love affair... 4 Sep 2010
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Lady Antonia Fraser has written an interesting account of her life with playwright Harold Pinter. They met, while married to other people, in their mid-40's and fell head-over-heels in love. After leaving her husband - Hugh Fraser, with whom she had six children - Antonia lived with Pinter while they waited for their respective divorces to become final. They married a few years later. All in all, they were partners for 33 years until Pinter's death in 2008.

Fraser was a famous author of historical biographies and novels when she met Pinter. She kept a diary - referred to in her memoir - and supplemented the entries with updated notes. As with any autobiography/memoir, the reader can only suppose the author is being truthful in her writing. Fraser writes about working, traveling, keeping a home, and socialising with Pinter. During their time together, Pinter wrote about 10 plays, and he also acted in movies. Theirs was a full-throttled pace - and Fraser is not shy about naming names of the famous people with whom they associated. Pinter and Fraser were active in liberal politics and liberal social issues, both in the UK and outside it. Traveling to Mexico, Central America, Eastern Europe, and Israel, they participated in peace rallies and other social protests.

I enjoyed the book but I'm not sure in the end if it wasn't a recitation of places, events, and people. I "know" because I was told how much Fraser and Pinter adored each other and made a wonderful life together, but the knowledge comes from facts and not feelings as expressed by Fraser.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing glimpse of another way of life 19 Feb 2010
By Kgbowen
I enjoyed this glimpse of Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser's life together. It was at heart, a simple love story, told graciously and openly, yet discreetly and with dignity. While their story was intriguing in itself, as interesting was the life they led, the friends they had and the views they held. What was missing for me, was a little more about the impact of their love story on the people around them. How did Antonia's children take the breakup of her first marriage? What about the practicalities of access to the children after the break-up? Yet, the book doesn't claim to be an autobiography, so I guess there was a logic to these omissions. But, yes, I'm glad I read it and I enjoyed it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After All, She Does Have Six Children 9 Oct 2010
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Must You Go?" is by Lady Antonia Fraser, British author of many popular biographies of historical, frequently female figures, best-known, perhaps,Mary Queen Of Scots and Marie Antoinette; and a brief detective series featuring Jemima Shore, television news presenter. Lady Antonia is the daughter of a well-known literary family, known as, alternatively, the Pakenhams, or Longfords, who are almost as famous as the Mitford sisters of the 1930s. The book at hand is a memoir of her unlikely 33-year love affair/marriage with Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, internationally known British actor/playwright/screenwriter/theater director/left-wing activist and poet.

Pinter was among the most influential British playwrights of the twentieth century. In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature: Lady Antonia says within this book that he turned down a knighthood. His writing career spanned over 50 years; he produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, and letters. His best-known plays include "The Birthday Party" (1957), "The Caretaker"(1959), "The Homecoming" (1964), and "Betrayal" (1978), each of which he adapted to film. His screenplay adaptations of others' works include "The Servant" (1963), "The Go-Between" (1970), "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981), "The Trial" (1993), and "Sleuth" (2007). He also directed almost 50 stage, television, and film productions; furthermore, he acted extensively in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others' works.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming and true love story 17 Feb 2010
I couldn't disagree more with the two reviews I have just seen on Amazon; "Must You Go?" tells us the story of two people and their journey of falling in love, throughout a long and very happy marriage with a heart-wrenching ending when Harold Pinter dies. It shows us a softer side to Harold Pinter that many or most people would never have known existed, as an extremely loving husband and grandfather and friend.

Of course, as both Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser have enjoyed successful careers they mixed with other high profile people who are then mentioned in the book - I don't think anyone would find a meeting between Joe Bloggs and his mate in Pizza Hut that fascinating - but perhaps the other reviewers imaginations cannot run to anything other than something close to their own lives. Antonia Fraser's book allows us to dip into a world that most people will not experience for themselves, which for me is what reading is all about.

I found this book took me to a wonderful world rich in culture, literature, fame and above all told me that whatever the situation you can find your soul mate in the most unexpected places and perhaps in the most unexpected person at any time in your life.

I would (and have) highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant love letter
I read that Lady Antonia Fraser wrote this book soon after her bereavement and in a short space of time. Not surprisingly it flows with honesty and love. Read more
Published 25 days ago by AmandaW
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I expected more from this book. I did learn about the lives of Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser but I gave up half way through and skip-read to the end. Name dropping and boring. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dotty
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the private lives of a great Playwright and Writer
Very interesting insight into these two famous people and their lives together. They seemed to know everyone famous at the time in political and literary circles as well as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by lizo
4.0 out of 5 stars A literary affair
I chose this book as both Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter are people of this century who are/ were both well known and talented people. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Averill Price
3.0 out of 5 stars Relationship between Antonia fraser and Harold Pinter
I've always been interested in the plays of Harold Pinter so was hoping to get more insight into his character through
reading this. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Felicity Hidderley
4.0 out of 5 stars Harold Pinter.
Good. came as described and on time.The tale of aa love affair and eventually a marriage. Must you go were the first words Pinter said to her. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Toffee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Very enthralling, "pulling you in" book. It gives not only a good picture of their lives together but also of the time and period. Read more
Published 23 months ago by The Lears
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so interesting
Because this is for the most part a copy of diaries kept earlier, there is a lot of repetition. It was interesting to start with, but it became boring very quickly. Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by Sheila B
2.0 out of 5 stars Literary luncheon
Ok we all have to eat, but Antonia and Harold seem to have spent the whole of their middle-age eating lunch. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Bobster
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, Intriguing and Fascinating
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, much to my surprise. I have studied Pinter's early works and seen them on stage and film, and found them deeply troubling. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
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