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Stephen Fry is not making this up! Fry started out as a dishonorable schoolboy inclined to lies, pranks, bringing decaying moles to school as a science exhibit, theft, suicide attempts, the illicit pursuit of candy and lads, a genius for mischief, and a neurotic life of crime that sent him straight to Pucklechurch Prison and Cambridge University, where he vaulted to fame along with actress Emma Thompson. He wound up starring as Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde, costarring in A Civil Action, and writing funny, distinguished novels.
This irresistible book, the best-written celebrity memoir of 1999, concentrates on Fry's first two tumultuous decades, but beware! A Fry sentence can lead anywhere, from a ringing defense of beating schoolchildren to a thoughtful comparison of male and female naughty parts. Fry's deepest regrets seem to be the elusiveness of a particular boy's love and the fact that, despite his keen ear for music, Fry's singing voice can make listeners "claw out their inner ears, electrocute their genitals, put on a Jim Reeves record, throw themselves cackling hysterically onto the path of moving buses... anything, anything to take away the pain." A chance mention of Fry's time-travel book about thwarting Hitler, Making History (a finalist for the 1998 Sidewise Award for Best Alternative History), leads to the startling real-life revelation that Fry's own Jewish uncle may have loaned a young, shivering Hitler the coat off his back.
Fry's life is full of school and jailhouse blues overcome by jaunty wit, à la Wilde. The title, from Psalm 108:9, refers to King David's triumph over the Philistines. Fry triumphs similarly, and with more style. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Fry, well known for his television roles in the British comedies Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, continues to entertain in this fresh and hilarious boyhood memoir. Fry spent his childhood in the English public school system and unapologetically defends the system as an institution. His hindsight provides witty entertainment in this gay coming-of-age story that will delight readers. Fans of British comedies especially will appreciate the style and wit with which Fry tells his tale. In touching upon his rocky childhood, Fry provides a picture of himself as extraordinarily clever, to the point of being boisterously wicked. He used comedy to cover up what could be considered repressed brilliance, in addition to covering up his homosexuality. An affair with a fellow school chum only furthered his inhibitions, as he wove a downward destructive spiral of deceit and thievery that ended in near-suicide and eventual imprisonment. And this all occurred before his first year at Cambridge. With this daring and feisty story, Fry will delight fans and nonfans. Michael Spinella --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Fry chronicles the ups & downs of his early youth through to late adolescence in a vivid and captivating style. He doesn't shy away from sharing his doubts and foibles. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ludo Prikken
I really didn't know much about Stephen Fry but I really enjoyed this book and him being so candid about some really awkward topics.Published on Oct. 7 2013 by caryn williams
Most of this autobiography was quite enjoyable. Stephen Fry is clearly a gifted writer, and based on this book I might try some of his fiction. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Paul D. Baxter
Everything about this "autobiography" is constructed, fake and banal. This book is basically an endless enumeration of boyhood traumas, mostly related to Fry's... Read more
I loved this book. I also loved The Liar, The Hippopotamus and Making History but Moab was the best. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001 by Kim Skwara
Mr. Fry's writing is so skilled and honest that I often forgot I was reading at all. I felt as if he were sitting at the other end of my couch, smoking a cigarette and telling me... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2001
British Renaissance man Stephen Fry has written his best book, featuring his most compelling protagonist yet: himself. Read morePublished on April 19 2001 by Shana L. Snyder
This is the best of Fry's books that I've read; the most honest, in its hesitations at least (its candour is always qualified, as candour must needs be if it is not to appall, by... Read morePublished on March 19 2001 by Dominic Fox