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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, 6 Sept. 2008
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At first glance I thought this was going to be a difficult book to read, mainly due to the author's idiosyncratic spelling and grammar as well as the plethora of foot notes necessary because of the constant use of nick names, initials as well as, at times, private shorthand - but it really wasn't a problem. The spelling was simply phonetic and the punctuation etc. was immaterial - and the little footnotes became quite enjoyable!
This is (probably) a book enjoyed by the more mature, those who can remember the names dropped - Guilgud,Montand,Signoret,Coward - those who lived in a time when being gay was being happy. If you have read Dirk Bogardes several volumes of autobiography it is even more fascinating as this book reveals the proper names of people that were heavily disguised!
A man who was a compulsive letter writer;these letters show great happiness (his life in France), despair (after his eternity ended with the illness of Tony Forwood) and always so much love ( for the recipient).
Thanks as well to John Coldstream for the editing - he has weeded out the grain from the chaff I'm sure.
Perhaps 6 stars if I could.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2008 23:19:25 GMT
Sally says:
My only comment on the review is that I agree with every word of it. The book was a touchingly sad reminder of the real Dirk Bogarde, not the public persona put forward by the tabloid press. Yes, he was critical, forthright, touchy but somehow extremely human and kind to all who knew him. My only regret is that I did not follow up with a second letter to him when he sent me a lovely personal postcard in reply to my first. Yes, 6 stars definitely.
Sally A.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2010 14:45:10 BDT
I have read all of dirks books, and seen many of his films had enjoyed them even though he tends to dimiss many, the spanish gardener being a favourite.Once I had started this book I was gripped by the fact that the reader became in some ways the person to whom the letters were written. It is the style of writing that is so easy to enjoy.
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