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2.0 out of 5 stars wordy, 30 April 2013
This review is from: The Fry Chronicles (Paperback)
Stephen Fry likes words, you probably know this, he likes big words and little words and words somewhere in between, he likes common words and rare words and words which will send you scurrying for the dictionary. He likes lots of words, lots of unnecessary words. If it can be said in 10 words Stephen will use 100, he does at least acknowledge this and apologise for it though.

Stephen has lots of friends, some you will know and some you won't and Stephen likes talking about how simply wonderfully talented they all are darling,

Oh, but woe.

Stephen is unhappy, does he deserve all of this success? Is he just a charlatan and a cheat? Surely he isn't as wonderfully talented and brilliant as Hugh and Emma and Ben - did I mention how simply wonderfully wonderful they are?

And lists, there are lots of things listed lots and lots more names - did I mention Stephen likes to drop names? Names of wonderful darling people and things.

I loved Moab but I grew to dislike this book, it lessened my liking for the man himself in fact.

Should have been severely edited and about 150 pages shorter.

Oh and Stephen, have you seen any of the wonderfully talented Ben's output post Blackadder? Because if you have and you still think he's a genius I think your judgement is failing.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2013 18:39:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Sep 2013 18:47:42 BDT
A reader says:
I'm glad you wrote this review. I thought it was only me whose view of Mr Fry had changed after reading this as I too have found myself liking him less. Perhaps it's because he appears to be on television so often, but ever since I read this book a while ago, I've found myself watching him even more closely than before and have found myself wondering where his talents actually lie. Of course it may well be the case that he's a lovely person to know in real life, but sadly I can't shake the idea that all we would ever see is his acting. But "does he deserve all of this success?"? and is he "just a charlatan and a cheat?"? I couldn't say, but as you say, he does use a lot of words and I'm reminded that used car salesmen use a lot of words too...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2014 04:28:57 BDT
Grr says:
And someone said of Mozart that he used too many notes. It seems strange that you haven't spotted that books are made up of words.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2014 11:29:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Aug 2014 13:56:47 BDT
M Cunningham says:
And as someone else said, less is more.

Of course I realise books are made up of words, it's Frys insistence on showing off his - admittedly impressive - vocabulary that spoilt the book for me. And as Fry himself admits that this is the case I see no reason to argue against him.
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