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5.0 von 5 Sternen Autobiography Shows Author's "Wilde" Side Growing Up
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,...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2000 von Lana

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Difficult to put down.
Self indulgent, often like a prolonged therapy session with an unbelievably spoiled ten year old and difficult to put down. After I read this autobiography I noticed with real surprise that I had also read Hippopotamus, The Liar and Making History, and had probably read each in one sitting. It was the same surprise I got when I realized one day I had read virtually...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Juli 1999 von William B. Huber (w.b.huber@gt...


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny, wry and probably mostly true, 8. August 1999
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For Fry followers, this book is a must. It unashamedly covers the first 20 years of his life in detail, from bucolic upbringing through selfish larceny to redemption and acceptance at Cambridge University.
The chief appeal of this book is its intelligent, robust humour (sic), as Fry re-interprets, judges and criticizes his extraordinarily eventful life. A product of the British public (i.e. private) school system, Fry goes out of his way to avoid outright criticism of it, all the while condemning it further with every word.
Readers who have not seen "Blackadder", "Jeeves and Wooster" or "A Little Bit of Fry and Laurie" will probably find it baffling. I also wonder how non-Brits understand cultural references to such British comic luminaries as Morecamb & Wise.
Finally, I only hope that readers from outside the UK don't take Fry's experiences and life as a typical example. It would also be unwise to confuse the Britain of the 70s and 80s depicted in this book with a much-changed 'fin de siecle' Britain.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Man erkennt sich wieder und immer wieder, 15. Dezember 1999
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Der Name Stephen Fry war mir eigentlich nur aus einer Comedy-Serie bekannt. Diese hieß "Blackadder" und Stephen Fry spielte den verrückten General Melchett. Weitere Darsteller waren die bekannten Schauspieler Rowan Atkinson und Fry's Freund Hugh Lawrie. Natürlich, Fry liebt Männer , er stielt, er ist süchtig nach Süßigkeiten und er enttäuscht seine Eltern pausenlos. Und doch erkennt man sich und seine eigene Kindheit fast auf jeder Seite des Buches wieder. So etwas hatte ich vorher nur bei John Irving's "Garp" erlebt. Es gab viele Leute, die Fry schlechtes widerfahren ließen, doch selbst diese Leute kommen bei seinen Geschichten gut weg. Der Streifzug durch zwei Jahrzehnte eines Menschenlebens ist hoch amüsant, manchmal traurig, machmal sarkastisch und mitleidserregend. Doch in jeder Zeile des Buches erkennt man einen überaus begabten Erzähler. Für das Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts zeigt dieses Buch sprachliche Klasse und erzählerische Dichte. Mein Lieblingsbuch!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen And Let Us All Say "Ah!" Men, 4. September 1999
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Eugene G. Barnes (Dunn Loring, VA USA) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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A little reminiscent of James Thurber's autobiography, "My Life and Hard Times," in that the author really isn't interested in documenting every aspect of his early life so much as he is interested in examining only its more notable points. But whereas Thurber takes minute incidents and magnifies them into comic epic sagas, Fry takes his more significant moments and de-mystifies them. There are plenty of digressions along the way, and since Fry's life story is hardly singular, we are grateful for the digressions. Among my favorites are the great sensible discussions about the nature of the homosexual psyche and Fry's self-wonderment over his own criminal proclivities. My guess is, at the end of the book most readers probably utter an "Ah!" the same way Fry uttered it after he is caught for the last time, but ours is the satisfied "Ah!" of knowing that we've just spent some time in the presence of a uniquely entertaining personality.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A must for all Fry and Laurie fans!, 16. April 1999
If you are a fan of Stephen Fry and you want to know more about the man behind the comedy, this is a great read. I couldn't put it down. I really admire the work of Stephen Fry and after reading his wonderful work of fiction "Making History", I knew his autobiography would be a fascinating ride down his memory's lane. Mr Fry's "Moab is My Washpot" looks back upon his formative years from infancy to university days. I loved his tales of his primary and high school days. I could just picture a young mischevious Stephen up to no good. I admired his openness in sharing the dilemmas and confusion of his growing awareness of his homosexuality. I recommend this book most highly. It is witty, honest, candid and ...for want of a better word ... moving.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Fry-esque" & Theraputic, 2. August 1999
I've enjoyed Stephen Fry's acting for quite some time now, on BBC comedies and films. Although I've now read two Fry works, The Liar and his autobiography, I must admit to being a very slow reader. To read of other reviewers finishing this 366 page book in one afternoon is very intimidating! An important aspect of my appreciation of Fry's autobiography rests with the experiences he and I share. Mr. Fry and I are of the same age, sexual orientation, family background (though I'm first born with a younger brother and sister), and teenage issues. In addition to the numerous literary superlatives Fry's autobiography deserves, gay men may find validation for a number of issues they faced as teenagers and affirmation from a gay man who is honet about his life's journey.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Long live Fry-he'll have material for at least 3 more books, 15. April 1999
I wish the ratings allowed for half stars, because I think this was a 3 1/2. I marvel at Fry's love of language, keen intelligence and courage, yet, by the end of this book, I felt confused, as though I knew less about him then when I started. Fry seems confused himself. Alternating dizzily between self-abuse and conceit, he never really seems to define himself. Which is why this relatively long book only covers the first 20-something years of his life. His ramblings are frequently delightful, yes, but at other times they smell vaguely of preaching. His novels seem much more cohesive and satisfying than his life. Perhaps, however, that's really a complaint about the genre. Which is why, in my mind, it's best avoided.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fry's English Delight, 27. März 2000
Not many people would be so comfortable with themselves as to lay their life bare, warts and all, as Mr. Fry does in this biography. Some people reading the passages about boarding school may think that this sort of thing only goes on in the imagination of pretentious sensation-mongers ... I can assure the reader that it does NOT! It is all TRUE! - been there, done it (well, apart from THAT bit) - this is a graphic, poetic, comic account of an extrovert's formative years. Made me laugh, made me want to cry, some of the reminiscences hit so close to home; this is a deep insight into what makes one of Britain's funniest men who he is. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stiff upper . . . oh, ah?, 22. Februar 2000
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This is yet more proof as to why the British are so bloody entertaining: what other race could produce such civilized misbehaviour as Stephen Fry's? His candor and wry self-examination in these lolloping, no-punches-pulled pages boggle the mind. And they touch the heart, too. Fry is a master at presenting the misadventures one falls into when you're a big soul cooped up in a small world. There's plenty of shock value in this tale of boarding schools, petty thefts, a rotten mole, and inappropriately used lavatories, but then again, if coming of age wasn't a shock to you, you haven't done it properly. Carry on, Fry.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Autobiography Shows Fry's "Wilde" Side, 7. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Moab Is My Washpot (Taschenbuch)
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious!, 10. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
When Fry speaks of his suicide attempt, I almost break out in tears - of laughter! He makes a situation as serious as that seem tragic AND funny! Thank God he survived! My favourite part is his putting an eye on his first love, I wish I had known how to describe this most romantic moment of them all! The fact that his birthday missed mine for one day makes him - besides this book - even more sympathetic to me! It's a wonderful reading, this book proves his genius and he's aware of it!!! Go and get it!!!
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