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on 8 January 2006
I had almost forgotten the Darius Guppy story until a friend of mine reminded me about it recently. So I decided to read Roll the Dice. Like a previous reviewer I thought that the editing left a lot to be desired but this may be the result of the two voices that can be detected in the book. The first voice comes across as the co-writer's or editor's where the style is more journalistic and racy. The second voice seems to be the author's itself, where the style is much more literate and reflective. It is this tension between what the co-author wants him to say and what the man himself wants to write that may account for the rather disjointed writing style and it is here that decent editing would have made a difference. A pity.
Having said this, I found the story immensely entertaining and interesting. Darius does not come across as remotely arrogant but as thoughtful and passionate and driven by conflicting forces.
In fact 'Elizebethan' is a word that springs to mind in considering his adventures - cunning, bold, foolhardy, noble, brave, foolhardy and no doubt sheer mad. All the forces of the police, Lloyds of London, the courts and the British media were unable to break him. He seems at the very least a fascinating man.
Well worth the read and it seems amazing that they haven't made a film of this book yet, especially when we consider how much the man packed in while he was still in his early twenties. Wonder what he's up to now.
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