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Painfully honest, cleverly written; a unique book,
By A Customer
This review is from: Moab is My Washpot (Paperback)
The author himself states that most autobiographies are used as a form of revenge. This book, however, is ultimately a vehicle for Fry to apologise to, and thank, the people who suffered him during the first 20 years of his life.
And suffer they did. Fry, for all his eductaion, wittiness and cleverness (and we DO see plenty of that in this book - he never resists the use of sophisticated cultural reference) appears to have led a devious and criminal adolescence. Thievery at school, credit-card fraud shortly afterwards - Fry's early career path becomes very different from that of his prep and boarding school chums once he hits 19 and a prison cell.
All of which, I should add, is described in immense and pleasurable detail. As well as his well-publicised misdemeanors, we read about the trials and heartache of a 'true' homosexual at public school, teenage rebellion towards his parents and family, and his love of literature, music and art (matched only by his utter hatred of sport) - all dealt with in Fry's inimitable style, a language that will be immediately recognisable to readers of his fiction and viewers of his comedy.
This book is a fascinating read that presents the early, turbulent life of a well-known public figure in a disarming, yet warm style. I can only echo one of the media reviewers on the dust cover who says he 'can't wait for the sequel'. A book describing his next twenty years would probably be no less of a autobiographical masterpiece.