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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I cried when I finished this book and not just because it signalled the end of Jarman's life, but because it was the end of a truly gorgeous piece of writing. I have been ekeing this book out for the last three months because I didn't want to finish it. The bits I love the most are the descriptions of life at Prospect Cottage, not because it is wildly exciting but because the sense of peace coming from Jarman's experiences there were really NEEDFUL to me. I loved everything about this book, his honesty, his sense of humour, his anger, his patience with his AIDS related illnesses, his passion for life and his unwillingness to surrender to anything that he didn't believe in. I feel his loss tremendously and that's amazing really from just reading this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I never had the fortune to meet Derek Jarman, but his eye on life and creativity is sorely missed. This is a touching finale to the journals past that document his life - and well worth your time. I couldn't wait to get into bed with Derek! He had such bounds of joy, even in the extremis he found himself in. One 'legitimate' reviewer criticised the book because its editor, Keith Collins (HB), and Derek's companion, left too many references to himself in it. But how are we to understand Jarman's feelings for this man if they are obliterated for reasons of coyness or what others may feel appropriate. Personally I could do with him around my house as he seems to be a dab hand at most things! Secondly, the lack of an Index caused ire! Well all I can say is that the person concerned obviously wanted a quick root to what he assumed was the 'dirt' on other well known personalities - but although Derek Jarman may not have disapproved of Outing, you will find none of it here! This is a book for the Ms/Mrs/Mr straight as well as otherwise, and I hope that Derek's high profile sexuality will not put other straight readers (of whom I am one) off. His descriptions of landscape are evocative; friends touching and his disease - seering but not quite bitter. His HB was loved and we should know it. Don't let this opportunity to take up residence in a fine mind slip you by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2014
Jarman is someone, along with Joe Strummer, I wish was still with us today. His is an incisively intelligent but wonderfully open take on the world and the lives we lead. He writes easily and well. The book, as with his other journals, reminds me of an England now sadly lost and of a time when art, invention, imagination and creativity trumped financial success and tabloid notoriety.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2012
I think Jarman's journals are probably his most accessible work. Beautifully written, illustrating not only his genius for art but also his genius for life. A truly inspirational human being. Read them and learn.
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