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A little humility needed....
on 7 October 2014
This is one of those difficult books to review. It was free, so it seems a bit churlish to give a bad review, but it does deserve an honest one.
The book was well-written. There's no denying that. It was also insightful in parts, as it recalls the life of a young performer accepting his sexuality and living a colourful life amongst dancers and actors of stage and screen. There is relatively little name-dropping, and in places it made entertaining reading. There is no doubt that his life has been tough at times, and respect to him for laying it all out there for other people to read.
But boy, oh boy, am I glad I've never had the dubious honour of having Mr. Taylor's gimlet gaze travelling over my less than perfect bod. For almost the entire book he could not help pointing out the physical and intellectual shortcomings of others, whilst preening and admiring himself in small thong underwear. If it was written ironically, it didn't work. He came across as an insufferable bore, surrounded by grotesques. If you weren't thin and beautiful, you were given the Rigby cold glare, and it made very uncomfortable reading. Almost everyone he came in contact with seemed to bear the weight of his contempt. In the end his narcissism and the ugly way he described other people became too much.
I'm glad he found love in the end. I really am. I'm hoping that as his beauty fades, he is not subject to the same excoriating judgement with which he seems to regard other people. In the meantime, a little humility is a great thing, and this book has none of it.