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An Orderly Man (Dirk Bogarde's Autobiography) Paperback – 1 Oct 1992

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140172122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140172126
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absorbing... his gift for dialogue is exceptional The Observer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and novelist. Initially a matinee idol, Bogarde later acted in art-house films such as Death In Venice. As well as completing six novels, Bogarde wrote several volumes of autobiography. Between 1947 and 1991, Bogarde made more than sixty films. For over two decades he lived in Italy and France, where he began to write seriously. In 1985 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of St Andrews and in 1990 was promoted to Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Read at a time when living in France was a possibility, this book drew, in sharp and sympathetic detail, the attractions and the drawbacks. With insight and empathy, Bogarde indicated the insularity, or, as some would see it, the reserve, of the French, the bureaucracy, the almost archaic formality,the near desperation in which a vanishing generation was clinging to a dwindling tradition.
He showed too the respect for property, the cautious warmth which released into total loyalty, that feel for the old, in people and things, that gives the meanest garden-hoe a nobility, the poorest person a human chivalry.
Nowhere in the world is order more quietly and forcefully conducted.Even the savagery of the undergrowth, as Nature regulates herself in squeals and rustlings not seen by our unsuspecting eyes, is viewed as the order of life, another tiny part of the Universe taking care of itself as only Nature can, and should.
Beyond any of these considerations, for page after page, the sense of warm growth, the smells of grass, freshly cut and pushing back up through a yielding earth,the feel of vast azure skies, still and hot in the long afternoons, with shadows cast and pronounced on the baked ground, give an experience of pastoral tranquillity that must have been a source of constant inspiration to the writer.
The book is a personal odyssey; the clearing of a garden a mighty obstacle finally overcome by a triumph of will,the negotiations with the plumber an exercise in Foreign Diplomacy, and the establishment of the house, home, the land, a tremenduous victory in the life of one small and orderly , courageous, man.
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A very interesting and readable book, I have a slight Dirk Bogarde obsession at the moment and need to read everything he had written.
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I grew up seeing Dirk Bogarde on the cinema and enjoyed most of his films. I remember when he went to live abroad and had seen magazine articles about his move to France and how he had developed his garden and his later career. I was interested to learn how he had become much more down to earth in his new life and had left the glitzy show biz life behind. I am sure he found much satisfaction during that time and I found it very enjoyable to read. I have read some of his writings before and will certainly read more.
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Bogarde writes with a masterly skill of the English language, the words capturing his life in France, his daily schedules and the interferences of the acting world, with which he is not entirely happy. This is not the story of a posturing film star but that of a deep thinking man who shuns the publicity that is thrust upon him at times and enjoys the life he has created for himself in the French countryside.
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This is one of a number of Dirks books which i have thoroughly enjoyed reading.All highly recommended.
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I've read some of his other books and also know the south of France well, his descriptions are very realistic.
The parts about his film star life are an interesting and rarely understood part of a life which is far from normal people.
All in all an excellent read.
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I think I have read all of DB's autobiographies now and this didn't disappoint one little bit. I loved everything about it and it has made me want to see his later movies which may not have been huge hits from the economic viewpoint but which stand out as major classics!
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Something about the language and cadence sent her off to sleep whilst I read it to her. That sounds like a criticism but truly I do not mean it negatively. The author wrote the way he spoke so you can hear him talking when you read it.
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