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, 6 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters (Hardcover)
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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