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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but lacking in warmth, 21 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: The Fry Chronicles (Paperback)
Having read this, and gained a small understanding of Mr. Fry's issues with self-esteem, I'm slightly worried about only giving this 3 stars. I adore your work Stephen, but you've really got to stop apologising for everything and going off on those long-winded tangents!

Like a couple of other reviewers, I thought some of the writing felt like it was a book written to satisfy publishers than one that he really loved writing. There were some brilliantly lovey moments (particularly whenever Alan Bennett came into the picture) and I did learn things I didn't know about the author - I can't stand musicals, but it was interesting to learn the whole 'Me and My Girl' stuff. I'm also delighted that Ben Elton is held in such high regard by Fry. Terribly unfashionable these days, I know, but the man is a genius.

Overall, a curate's egg. So much name-dropping it got a little tedious ('I was there when Richard Curtis thought of Comic Relief' - yawn, stop trying to be an Oxbridge Forrest Gump) and please, spare us the techno-infatuation.

Would just about recommend (please don't hate me for that, Stephen - you are a very clever and lovely bloke!)
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2012 17:34:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2012 17:35:55 GMT
A perfect review. I was going to write a review, but this is pretty much what I would have said, so now won't bother. I enjoyed this book, though was pleased to get to the end. Apparently those around me where happy when I finished it too... I was constantly sharing snippets, anecdotes and insights from the world of Stephen Fry and it seems my friends and colleagues were less appreciative of them than I! One of those books where I wish it were possible to award a 3.5 rating.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 15:34:42 BDT
I love his tangents!
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