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"Moab is My Washpot" (dt. Titel: "Columbus war ein Engländer") ist der erste Teil der Autobiographie des Schauspielers, Schriftstellers und Regisseurs Stephen Fry. In vier Kapiteln erzählt Fry dem Leser von seiner Kindheit und Jugend. Er beginnt mit seinem Eintritt in eine Internatsschule im Alter von 7 Jahren und endet mit der Bewerbung auf eine Stelle als Prep-School-Lehrer mit 20 Jahren.

Stephen Fry berichtet von mehreren Schulwechseln, dem Verhältnis zu seinen Mitschülern und Lehrern, seiner Leidenschaft für Sprache und Musik, seiner Unfähigkeit zu Singen, von Lügen und Diebstählen, der Liebe und vielem mehr.

Dies alles geschieht in einem Schreibstil, der das Gefühl vermittelt, der Autor würde neben einem sitzen und die Ereignisse erzählen. Mit viel Humor und Witz beschreibt Fry einige Episoden aus seinem Leben detailliert, andere reißt er nur an. Bei manchen Themen schweift er ab, beispielsweise lässt er sich auf rund 13 Seiten darüber aus, dass er seine Leidenschaft für Musik nicht ausdrücken kann. Für manche Leser mögen diese Textpassagen langweilig und langatmig sein. Doch für mich drücken sie wieder den Erzählcharakter des Buches aus. Denn welcher Mensch schweift beim Erzählen nicht auch manchmal ab, wenn er auf ein Thema trifft, das ihn bewegt oder das er für wichtig hält?

Insgesamt ist "Moab is My Washpot"" ein unterhaltsames und interessantes Buch für Stephen Fry - Fans und alle Personen, die etwas über Stephen Frys Kindheit und Jugend erfahren möchten.

Zum Schluss noch ein Tipp:
Inzwischen ist der zweite Teil von Stephen Frys Autobiographie erschienen. Der Titel lautet "The Fry Chronicles" (dt. Titel: "Ich bin so Fry").
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am 7. Juni 2000
Moab Is My Washpot by British comedian Stephen Fry is at turns sly, funny and laced with a poignancy which reveals a hauntingly human side to a man whose writing talent and comedic prowess makes him intellectually intimidating.
In the book we learn of how Fry was turned out of prep and public school, his jaunt around England as a forger of credit card signatures, his time in prison and the triumphant reclaiming of his life through his entrance to Cambridge.
What is important about this book is that it is universal. Fry's story of teenage angst and lonliness is one many teens go through today. It is good to see that his story has a successful ending. It serves as notice to lost youths that they can turn their lives around and be a success.
There is one flaw with the book. It ended to soon. Fry only chronciles the first 20 years and doesn't even hit on such momentous events such as meeting fellow partner in comedic crime, Hugh Laurie at Cambridge. I can only hope Mr. Fry's fingers are busily typing out a sequel covering the next twenty years.
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am 7. Juni 2000
Moab Is My Washpot by British comedian Stephen Fry is at turns sly, funny and laced with a poignancy which reveals a hauntingly human side to a man whose writing talent and comedic prowess makes him intellectually intimidating.
In the book we learn of how Fry was turned out of prep and public school, his jaunt around England as a forger of credit card signatures, his time in prison and the triumphant reclaiming of his life through his entrance to Cambridge.
What is important about this book is that it is universal. Fry's story of teenage angst and lonliness is one many teens go through today. It is good to see that his story has a successful ending. It serves as notice to lost youths that they can turn their lives around and be a success.
There is one flaw with the book. It ended to soon. Fry only chronciles the first 20 years and doesn't even hit on such momentous events such as meeting fellow partner in comedic crime, Hugh Laurie at Cambridge. I can only hope Mr. Fry's fingers are busily typing out a sequel covering the next twenty years.
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am 15. April 2000
Incredibly funny and heartbreaking tale of how one funny young poof became a funny young man. I laughed out loud, much to the consternation of the other passengers on the train. Enjoy!
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am 8. März 2013
Wer Stephen Fry mag, wird auch dieses Buch lieben. Es ist eine Autobiographie, dann aber wieder auch nicht, er macht sich, wie stets, so seine Gedanken. Als Deutscher ist man überrascht, dass eine Jugend wie aus einem Agatha-Christie-Roman in den 50er/60er Jahren in GB noch findbar war. Schon für diesen Einblick lohnt sich das Buch. Aber eigentlich reicht schon die wunderbare Weise zu schreiben als Empfehlung.
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am 26. Juli 1999
I am a native Russian, and my nearly the first exercise in English listening comprehension was Jeeves & Wooster series. Since that time I became a fan of Fry & Laurie duett. I enjoy their acting, fun and pronounciation immensely. I've seen Jeeves & Wooster for more than 50 times on video, and now I know the text by heart. The episode, Mr Fry described in his excellent book, is just about me. Then it was followed by Blackadder, but unfortunately not so much English movies are available in Russia. I was greatly surprised to know about Mr Fry's writings, and Moab Is My Washpot discovered for me his life, thoughts and outlook. On the one hand, his book is a very enjoyable reading - with plenty of witty and, I would say, intellectual jokes. On the other hand, it is a frank and heartfelt narrative of a real life story. It makes the reader feel the same the author feels. It is a real talent. The book contains a lot of thoughts and speculations about marginal, odious, "unhealthy" things, though in each case the question is put as a pain and passion, but not as aggression or epatage. In most such speculations I, for instance, cannot accept the author's point of view, but I fully respect his frankness. Like a lot of applicants said here, I'm not British, male or gay, not in the least, but his Freudian and non-Freundian complexes of childhood and youth, his passion to music (or swimming) and inability to handle it, his undivided love - all of them are undestandable for the reader. I'm looking forward to a new Mr Fry's authobiography of the next period of his life, and to new excellent movies.
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am 15. Oktober 1999
Fry's autobiography, eagerly anticipated by this critic, is suberb. His prose is masterful, and he unravels the morass of his childhood and adolescence with such candor, it would be wrenching for any sensitive reader. The term 'misspent youth' would hardly suffice. While the empathy of this reader only lasted up to a point (I just can't fathom somebody stealing from his parents and sleeping at night), Fry captures the sense of defeatism many experience in their youth, having given up on life and lingering on in misery in a seemingly indifferent world. Though Fry's experiences while attending British public schools may seem hackneyed or even stereotypical, with the usual homosexual flirtations, his treatment of it is comparable to and may even surpass R. Adams's The Day Gone By. Most readers, regardless of their sexual behavior, could surely relate to the frustration, obsession, and hopefully joy that one feels, never more strongly, in adolescence. My only criticism is Fry's occasional dalliance with political and social proselytizing. Particularly irritating for me is where he lists things which do or do not require an apology, as though he fancies himself the supreme arbiter of what is right and wrong. He often refers to the "self-righteousness of adolescence," though he withholds comment on the middle-aged self-righteousness shown herein.
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am 28. Oktober 1999
I was expecting yet another horror story of the British public school system, with fagging, stodgy dinners etc, but should have realised Mr. Fry would have his own unique perspective. He has a real gift for language, in spite of going off on frequent and fierce tangents. What an incredible teacher he must have been, but educations loss was entertainments gain, and happily he was able to bring his talents to some extremely memorable comic characters. Just look at the "Black Adder" series alone! I can't wait to see if he does as much justice to his more serious roles of recent years. I heard he was incredible as Oscar Wilde, and after reading "Moab" I can see he had some ready made research into the role. Stephen Fry gives us much to look forward to, and it will be simply splendid and sumptuously spiffing to share in another 20 years worth of his life soon. He truly is one of Englands Living Treasures. I think I would have given Stephen Fry 5 stars for gracing us with his memoirs, but Frank McCourt has ruined me for all other autobiographies with "Angela's Ashes". (I couldn't help but juxtapose the huge chasm that lay between the early lives of these two fine wordsmiths either - they've both changed the way I will think of something as simple as a boiled egg forevermore)!
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am 21. März 1999
I did not know anything about Fry before but I had heard that The Liar was extremely funny, and only read this particular book because I happened to see it in the school library, and was just looking for a book to read for my English class. I loaned it because I wanted to read something easy and funny, which I hadn't for a long time. (I had been concentrating on classics.) But when I started reading the first pages I found it not to be as funny as I expected. It was more of a learning about the British people, which however turned funnier and funnier. Soon Stephen's life became more and more interesting and he would all of a sudden write something totally unexpected, so unexpected that I would burst out laughing. I simply could not control myself and would laugh or smile on the train, in school, or anywhere. Fry is so brilliant with words and well-informed in general that it is simply a joy to read him. Together with the cunning plans and lies in his past, Moab Is My Washpot sums up to be a great autobiography, but also a wonderful book in general. Fry is not conciously lying to make his life funnier to read about, like all other autobiographers.
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am 14. April 1999
This is a brilliant, sane and witty book. I devoured it in a single afternoon and I can't think of the last time I came across language used so joyously. (Perhaps S.J. Perelman). I agree with the other reviewers who found the book touching and funny but what truly delighted me was the way the author creates such a sense of intimacy with his reader. Moab Is My Washpot offered me two distinct pleasures (among many) which on the face of it seem to be opposed to each other: an insight into a world which is almost entirely alien to me and the recounting of feelings and experiences which often were instantly recognisable.I have very rarely read a memoir which could satisfy my curiosity about an utterly different life while at the same time creating a strong sense of empathy with the author. This is especially surprising as I don't belong to any of the categories which people might want to apply to the author - British, male, gay. It just goes to show that Stephen Fry's unique talent makes any attempt to categorise him redundant. It's a remarkable book - read it.
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