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Well-written examination of a complex man.
on 23 May 2016
Dirk Bogarde went to the same school I did, albeit years before I did. He wrote about his schooldays in one of his books, saying he had not enjoyed it or the city much. I later read that people who were his contemporaries at school and knew him well enough to comment, did not recognise his comments and this book was cited, so I thought I'd get a second-hand one on Amazon, which I did. It's a big book, physically [see pic] as well as in the number of pages, so don't fall asleep reading it lying down! The school bit would not have been enough, on it's own, to justify the purchase, but Bogarde was always one of my favourite actors. I forgive him Doctor in the House and the overly-melodramatic The Singer Not The Song for gloriously well-acted films like Victim, The Servant, Death in Venice and his cameo role in Oh What A Lovely War. Bogarde's early life and acting career make a complex story in its own right and I recommend the book to anyone interested in him. His own autobiographies are good too, in the way that David Niven's were - hugely entertaining and some of it may even be true. This is a dispassionate, but sympathetic balance to those.