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Moab Is My Washpot
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am 1. Juli 2017
This is a nostalgic look back at Stephen's elitist first years at boarding school, with all the trials and tribulations of a lovable toff of a child, making his way through his issues. So well written and a joy to read.
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am 20. August 2011
I got impressed by Stephen Fry from the Harry potter audiobook which I was hearing some months back. Started researching little bit and found this book about his autobiography. I did had trouble understanding his English... but it was Stephen Fry... his style... that's the beauty of this book. I just loved it... haven't completed the book, but there were lots of times where I was sitting in my couch and laughing madly, with my boy friend giving an annoying look. Then I would read the book for him.. then we would both end up in laughing for the next 10 minutes. I would recommend this book to anyone.. who want to forget all their troubles...... and get into his childhood life :-)
Have fun reading.
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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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VINE-PRODUKTTESTERam 30. März 2012
"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 4. September 1999
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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am 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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am 22. Februar 2000
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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am 7. November 1999
This is probably the most entertaining and unusual autobiography I have ever read, despite some excess navel gazing and a few grammatical errors. He is a courgeous person and a courageous author. As a great fan of Fry's comedic and acting abilities, I look forward to the volume(s) containing his account of the second twenty years of his life (and so forth).
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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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