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This review is from: Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (Paperback)
Of course, in his centenary year, every aspect of Britten's life will come into focus: we owe it to so distinguished a composer. But a lot of Britten's early life is jejune: he wants his mum, he has a bath, he plays tennis...like anybody else. He has great difficulty finding ways of hearing music - static interrupts broadcasts from Hilversum... But his opinions are juvenile or ill-considered : he despises Boult as a conductor (mainly because he thought his teacher Frank Bridge should have more gigs!) and he doesn't like Brahms... These are insights, if minor ones.
But what is the book FOR? If Evans was hoping to find the Hidden Story of BB's sexuality, he is largely disappointed: BB was a private person, even to himself. And the form of the book is irritating: hundreds of 'footnotes', located many pages from their point of interest, and many of them bordering on the fatuous....Humphrey Carpenter is more illuminating!