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Enough already, Stephen,
This review is from: The Fry Chronicles (Audio CD)
"If a thing can be said in ten words, I may be relied on to take a hundred," Fry tells us at the start of The Fry Chronicles. And boy does he live up to his word.
This is the actor-writer-comedian's second excursion into autobiography, dealing with the events of his roaring twenties. We are introduced to Cambridge University, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie; we go backstage on the set of Blackadder, stroll down Broadway, visit the BBC; we learn about the author's obsession with computers, his thing for credit cards, his love of classic cars. It's all done, as you would expect, with Fry's usual wit, charm, intelligence and honesty.
But for me, about six hours into this 12-hour audio-book, it all became a bit much. Moab is my Washpot, Fry's earlier memoir, covered his difficult childhood and adolescence; his thieving, his expulsions from schools, his attempted suicide, his time spent in prison - compelling stuff. Much as I admire Stephen Fry and am glad he eventually found happiness, the more straightforward story told here - of a gifted young man finding his way in the world, working hard, making friends, enjoying himself - is somewhat less gripping.
It's been interesting to hear about Fry's amazing good fortune and meet his gorgeous showbiz friends. But not that interesting. If a thing can be said in ten words, perhaps that's how many it should take.