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A properer review
on 3 December 2013
I have read this book from cover to cover so let me make it clear that I do know what it is I am talking to you about. When it comes to reviewing a book like this there really is only one way to go about it. For instance I found that the chapters were quite short on the whole which made it ideal to read when taken short and having to use the smallest room in the house for a few moments. Leafing through the pages of this tome passed the time I was passing while I was passing what I was passing. Oh hang on that sounds a bit unpleasant doesn't it? Forget that. On the other hand the wealth of information (and tips) squeezed into each section of this memoir shed a lot of light into the early life of Count Arthur Strong when he lived (and worked) with his 'mother' and 'father' as he called them. Reading these words, which he typed up himself, it is hard not to hear Arthur's voice in one's head. Some of the antidotes related by Count Strong on these pages are already partially in the public domain but none the worse for being re-told in print. The writing style flows just as naturally and effluently as does his own speaking voice in the many stage, radio and TV appearances that we are more familiar with. His gift for public speaking is mirrored by his adept use of the words he uses and the way he writes them down. (despite being hampered to a degree by the manual typewriter loaned to him by Faber and Faber and Faber, his publishers, to produce the work upon - sometimes the CAPS LOCK GETS STUCK On (and his repeated requests for tippex fall upon deaf ears)
The feeling of being present at the birth of a literary masterpiece and being in close touch with the original manuscript is enhanced by the many annotations annotated in his own hand, with a biro I would imagine. Suggestions to the publisher, comments and aid memoirs bring the thing to life as a living breathing work in progress, and a reminder to buy stamps (which one gets the impression Arthur has meant to purchase but forgotten to do as is so easy when you have got as much in your head as he has - what with writing his memoirs and everything. In short if you enjoy Count Arthur Strong as you've seen or heard him up to now you will enjoy him on the page as much as you have on the stage, airwaves or screen. There are a few photographs in the middle too. Arthur promises that this is but volume one of what he hopes may be a series but it has taken him weeks to write this one so, you know, it may be some time before the next installment appears. Did I enjoy it I hear you ask? Suffice it to say through it all I always laughed and if that isn't helpful to you you must want your head examining.