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A great family memoir,
This review is from: Relative Times (Kindle Edition)
Anyone who has ever worked with, enjoyed the company of, or even fleetingly met the actor Rupert Frazer will enjoy this book. Indeed anyone who has ever contemplated writing a family memoir or enjoys them, will get a lot out of it too. Those of us who know Rupert, enjoy his story telling - he is a wonderful dinner party raconteur. Add to that, he and his relatives, distant and close, have all led extremely interesting lives. Finally he can really write. The account early in the book of his time on a farm in what was then Rhodesia, is as good a piece of grippingly comic writing as you will find anywhere. Rupert, who did not excell at school to the chagrin of his parents, is persuaded to go and work on a family friend's Rhodesian farm in the hope that he will become a farmer. Trusting this upright and conscientious young man, the family decide to leave him in charge and make a long deferred trip to South Africa. I will not describe the series of mishaps that beset the farm and Rupert in the weeks that follow. Suffice to say they are tragic and comic in almost equal measure, and persuade the young Rupert that the life of a white Rhodesian farmer is not for him. Acting beckons, where his career provides much further material, including encounters with many of the great actors of last four decades. It will be of interest to anyone who cares about the theatre and its recent history. Rupert came from an army family, and the accounts of his distinguished relatives are meticulously researched and full of human and historical interest. A good read.