- 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)
An Orderly Man (Dirk Bogarde's Autobiography) Paperback – 1 Oct 1992
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't realise what a talented man he was. And very, very wordly wise. Not just a 'pretty' film actor. His writing is brilliant.Published 5 months ago by Pauline Kirkman
Was always a fan of Bogarde especially his writing and I re-read this with pleasurePublished 11 months ago by shirley degani
A lovey written honest and detailed book, which I very much enjoyed & recommend to anyone. Just what I expected, great thanks!Published 19 months ago by Ashley Krmadjian
A very good read and the location in France would seem a very desirable place to live.Good holiday reading a real page turner.Published 22 months ago by Paul
I must say I have not read it yet so cannot comment on it. But are looking forward to reading over the holidayPublished on 13 Dec. 2013 by mrsedwinac.flanagan