Stephen Fry Moab is My Washpot


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A memoir that tells how, sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, the author survived beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at eighteen, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger.

Definitely completely different from what I expected. I absolutely love Stephen's writing style and his dark sense of humour!

— kalanthia
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  • Rezension zu "Moab is My Washpot" von Stephen Fry

    Moab is My Washpot


    04. July 2012 um 10:22

    How do you review a memoir? I cannot give a rating to the person that is Stephen Fry, and besides, why would you want to read this book anyway if you don't like him or are at least interested in his life? See. No point in rating the content of this book. There is, however, the not so small matter of the presentation. A chronological approach would certainly be the best idea, but how much should one reveal? Which experience should be described because it holds a deeper meaning, and which is really just of sentimental, but not of any storytelling value? Stephen Fry's biography feels like a fictional biography when you read it, and I don't mean this in the sense of it being believable or not, I mean it in a sense of a chain of linking events being told as one, with a few anecdotes for the humour of it, but otherwise a straight story that keeps the reader wanting to know what happens next. On an emotional level, the storytelling feels real and honest, but while you feel for young Stephen when something bad happens, or are happy for him when something good happens, there is never the fear of getting over-emotional, and thankfully the cringe factor is very low. There are enough incidents where that could have been an issue, yet it is not, and I will give the writing the credit for that. One thing you almost expect from Stephen Fry is that he gets side-tracked with interesting anecdotes or bits of trivia. This happens here as well, plus the occasional rant on a subject close to his heart or some explanations and thoughts on British society, but it always leads back to the story, and the overall story is not lost on the reader. All in all, this is a good book; despite or because of it being a memoir, I don't know. It's well written, and you certainly learn a lot about Stephen Fry. And despite there being some swearing and mentioning of adult things, it never gets disgusting or vulgar, so you can enjoy it for the story, or for the language, or for Stephen, or for all three of those :)

  • Rezension zu "Moab is My Washpot" von Stephen Fry

    Moab is My Washpot


    15. January 2012 um 20:39

    Stephen Fry berichtet in gewohnt amüsanter und kurzweiliger Art über seine ersten zwanzig Lebensjahre.
    Neben den vielen witzigen Episoden im Internat gibt es auch Einblicke in schwierige und schmerzhafte Erinnerungen. Das Buch ist also witzig,macht jedoch auch sehr nachdenklich und teilweise traurig. Für mich genau die richtige Mischung für eine gelungene,ehrliche und glaubhafte Autobiographie!

  • Rezension zu "Moab is My Washpot" von Stephen Fry

    Moab is My Washpot


    25. December 2009 um 12:51

    Eine toll geschriebene Autobiographie, die sehr kurzweilig und informativ ist und einen Einblick in das Leben und Denken eines der genialsten britischen Komiker unserer Zeit gewährt.

  • Rezension zu "Moab Is My Washpot" von Stephen Fry

    Moab is My Washpot


    20. July 2009 um 14:42

    Ein sehr unterhaltsames Buch mit vielen Parallelen zu meinem Leben... hihihi. Voller Charme, Witz und Herz! Sehr zu empfehlen! Stephen Fry berichtet in seiner unvergleichlichen Art von seinen ersten 20 Lebensjahren.

  • Rezension zu "Moab Is My Washpot" von Stephen Fry

    Moab is My Washpot


    08. February 2009 um 12:36

    Stephen Fry. Mehr muss man nicht sagen.

  • Rezension zu "Moab Is My Washpot" von Stephen Fry

    Moab is My Washpot


    03. July 2007 um 19:21

    Stephen Fry not only is one of the best actors and readers (c.f. the Harry Potter audiobooks), but also a versatile and - from a language point of view - extremely well-read author. In "Moab is my Washpot" (what a title!) he returns to his past, to his childhood and youth, and explores the reasons for his being today. Example: In a chapter about his life at school, Fry tells about a teacher who looks up to the window to find a pidgeon sitting there, looking into the classroom. The teacher does not continue to talk, but stands there and waits for the pidgeon to fly away. Quotation: "I am not payed, he said, to teach pidgeons". Not only is Fry's book full of humour and life, but also of different adventures he - as a youngster - went through. A read to recommend to others.

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