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3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadnt read other reviews before I bought this., 6 April 2014
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This review is from: The Soul of Indiscretion: Tom Driberg, Poet, Philanderer, Legislator and Outlaw - His Life and Indiscretions (Paperback)
I bought this biography because I thought it was a link to other books I had waiting to read/ was reading. The bibliography of them featured several quotes or bon mots of Mr Driberg.
Regardless of your political beliefs and however much the authors reviewers say he liked his subject, there is little he could do to get away from the fact that Driberg was a thoroughly dislikeable man in many ways.
His sexual orientation, whilst relevant in view of his time, seemed to take far too prominent a place in the narrative. However I suppose without the homosexual encounters, narrow escapes etc the book would have been a great deal shorter, which might not have been a bad thing.
If some one who likes you writes a book like this wow! Where is the definitive Driberg book?
It isn't his own flawed memoirs, Ive read them, hoped this book would be more objective. It wasnt.
To Summarise, a thoroughly unpleasant malicious man who used and abused many of his acquaintances, friends and lets not ignore his poor wife.
First published in the 1990s it must have rattled some cages then. With some of his protagonists still alive, glad there was probably some restraint due to libel/ legal threat., Time having passed it merely points out what a true bigot a professed smells and bells Christian can be regardless of which side of the doctrinal fence they sit. When they are able to reconcile malice afore thought by going to church in the hope of life eternal, Im glad Im not a Christian.
One final thought,he was a lousy M.P
Hope hes turning in his grave about women Bishops.
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