Fry Chronicles,The Hardcover – Dec 14 2010
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"Funny, poignant… His prose feels like an ideal form of conversation." — –The Washington Post
"Charming … His compilation of crotchets can be both compelling and cockamamie." — The Wall Street Journal
"Heartbreaking, a delight, a lovely, comfy book." — –The Times (London)
"You'd have to be not just very smart but witty, humorous and inventive to have had the career he has, but still more to encapsulate so much of it, playfully yet seriously, in this book." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as Captain Melchett in Blackadder. He also presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. His legions of fans tune in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.
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Stephen Fry writes this book from a position of relative fame: many of us who have followed British comedy will know at least some of his work from the 1980s, while others may only know his more recent work. But who is the man behind the public figure?
Stephen Fry arrived at Cambridge while still on probation from credit card fraud. He quickly discovers that he can sail through examinations without too much effort, befriends other bright young people such as Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson, and finds that extra-curricular activities are even more interesting than Shakespearean texts. It seems clear that mostly this was happy period in Stephen Fry's life and the way in which he writes of it is a delight to read. It's almost like listening to him speak.
But, if publicly all seems to be going well, privately: ` I had lived twenty years convinced that my body was the enemy and that all I had going for me was my brain, my quickness of tongue and my blithe facility with language, attributes that can cause people to be as much disliked as admired.'
This questioning of self, combined with a dislike of his appearance and body made it difficult for Stephen Fry to be comfortable. There was a gap between the confident public persona he projected and how he felt:
`The sense of failure, the fear of eternal unhappiness, the insecurity, misery, self-disgust and the awful awareness of underachievement... Are you not prey to all of those things also? I do hope so.Read more ›
I had appreciated his work since "Blackadder" and "Jeeves and Wooster" and recently rediscover his quiet charisma in "Kingdom" and the "QI" series. But it was from his wonderful documentaries "Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive" and "HIV And Me" that made me respect the man.
This is a wonderful memoir that is not only boldly frank, honest and at times touching but one that also makes you fall in love with the English language. Stephen's description of the simplest things, like the smoke from a pipe, is simply - delectable.
Stephen, I implore you, please, get to work on volume three!
This one was, perhaps, not as emotionally engaging, but Fry has a way with words that keeps you reading.
This book covers the years from Fry's time at Cambridge until his thirtieth birthday. Fry is a busy boy during those years. Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson are part of the cast of characters in the story. as well as other British comics, writers, and TV personalities that weren't household names in our household. (Part of the fun was checking these people out on YouTube)
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For any Stephen Fry fan, this book is a must! It's a humorous, clever and altogether great book. It really sounds like Fry is speaking when you read it and it gives a great insight... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anne
Brilliant man, brilliant writing, utterly fascinating, delightful and charming. For Stephen Fry, language is a source of sheer pleasure, and he uses it so beautifully. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rod Ivan Nelson