Moab Is My Washpot

Moab Is My Washpot

An Autobiography

Book - 1997
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A number one bestseller in Britain that topped the lists there for months, Stephen Fry's astonishingly frank, funny, wise memoir is the book that his fans everywhere have been waiting for. Since his PBS television debut in the Blackadder series, the American profile of this multitalented writer, actor and comedian has grown steadily, especially in the wake of his title role in the film Wilde, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and his supporting role in A Civil Action.          Fry has already given readers a taste of his tumultuous adolescence in his autobiographical first novel, The Liar, and now he reveals the equally tumultuous life that inspired it. Sent to boarding school at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love affairs, carnal violation, expulsion, attempted suicide, criminal conviction and imprisonment to emerge, at the age of eighteen, ready to start over in a world in which he had always felt a stranger. One of very few Cambridge University graduates to have been imprisoned prior to his freshman year, Fry is a brilliantly idiosyncratic character who continues to attract controversy, empathy and real devotion.          This extraordinary and affecting book has "a tragic grandeur that lifts it to classic status," raved the Financial Times in one of the many ecstatic British reviews. Stephen Fry's autobiography, in turns funny, shocking, sad, bruisingly frank and always compulsively readable, could well become a classic gay coming-of-age memoir. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1997.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780375502644
Branch Call Number: BIO Fry S. 1997
Characteristics: 366 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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sonald2010 Jun 03, 2015

Stephen Fry - a man of many talents, words and a resonating voice that ensures all of his opinions are heard. Yet he is a commoner. That's what appeals to the audience of his tripartite autobiography. This, relates to his early life, and describes the England he grew up in as a messed up child, fairly thoroughly. For an unfamiliar audience it might be too much detail or the lack of it, because some parts are just not explained enough.

stevenvenn Dec 15, 2011

This has been on hold since the end of April. Must have been lost. Been on hold in place #3 for about 6 months now. Thanks RHPL.

Jul 27, 2010

I found this a fascinating memoir of a fascinating man, and a really interesting take on British public school. The physical descriptions of the dormitories where young Stephen Fry stayed have a lot in common with Harry Potter's Hogwarts, but the social life is anything but the same. Culturally fascinating.


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