- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Oct. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140271589
- ISBN-13: 978-0140271584
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
White Cargo: A memoir Paperback – 7 Oct 1999
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Geoffrey Kendal's dream was to do theatre for as much of his life as he could manage, and to be under nobody's thumb. He and his wife put together a small company, and together they barnstormed around India doing Shakespeare, Wilde, and Shaw for the best part of three decades. Before she was one of the most famous and loved actresses of her generation, Felicity Kendal was Geoffrey's daughter (her first film was Merchant Ivory's Shakespeare Wallah which celebrates his company).
This memoir of her early life, and of the slow process of watching her father die recently, is distinguished by clear-sightedness; this is a book about the way you love impossible parents even when you have eventually to walk away from them for a while. It is full of the sights and scents of both India and the theatre; there are few better books on the nervous pride of the actor. It is wonderfully evocative too of the unforgivingly hip sixties London to which Felicity Kendal came back as a naive ingenue. The tone of voice is idiosyncratic and charmingly personal and the book as a whole is touching without a scrap of sentimentality. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Observation is something she does very well, her pictures of a Raj in decline and the rise of independence are very evocative of what is now a lost world, the India that the Kendalls called home. Her description of Geoffrey's decline and his final journey were very touching, I shall read this again for the beauty of some of the writing.
Sweet little Felicity Kendal, aka "rear of the year", who would have thought her such a tough and capable woman. I'm off to watch "Shakespeare Wallah" and try to experience some of what is in this book.
Self efacing and honest,even with the true thoughts of how she felt at times, about her father's coma, I found it moving.
If you love reading of people who have had an interesting life, you should read this. Highly recommended.
The book arrived well within the specified time and was in excellent condition. I am very happy with this purchase.
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Fascinating insight into growing up in an unconventional family in a distant land. Felt really drawn into her life and background and liked the way she used her father's illness... Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Johnson
Did have bent corner but have since smoothed it out under weight. Was fast to arrive. Very good read enjoyed this book would recommend it to others.Published on 7 Nov. 2013 by MS J E Edwards
Highly recommended to any one interested in unusual lives. Very well written, Feklicity Kendalls' parents came to life. A book to re-read. too.Published on 6 Nov. 2013 by Mac
This excellent autobiography is written with the skill and sensitivity of an author trained and groomed in creative writing, rather than as a stage and film actress. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2013 by Brenda Young
I bought a few copies to hand out to Book Club members. I am not a member myself so will not be reading it.Published on 8 May 2013 by A. John Chubb
I read this book as it was about Barbara from The Good Life which I had enjoyed. I found the style of the book tedious and some of the typeface difficult to read. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2013 by Rosebeth