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Moab Is My Washpot Kindle Edition
The original bestselling autobiography by comedian, novelist and national treasure Stephen Fry.
Few people serve time in prison before studying at Cambridge. You might be surprised to know that Stephen Fry is one of them.
Moab is My Washpot, the remarkable story of Stephen Fry's tumultuous early life, is by turns funny, shocking, tender, delicious, sad, lyrical, bruisingly frank and addictively readable.
It's the story of a boy sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, who survives 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.
Fry writes with the wit and warmth which have become his hallmark, but with shocking candour too. For anyone seeking to understand one of Britain's greatest cultural treasures, this book is utterly essential reading.
A remarkable, perhaps even unique, exercise in autobiography ... that aroma of authenticity that is the point of all great autobiographies: of which his, I rather think, is one ― Evening Standard
Stephen Fry is one of the great originals ... This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion ... That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status ― Financial Times
He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood ... some of his bursts of simile take the breath away ... his most satisfying and appealing book so far ― Observer
This is one of the most extraordinary and affecting biographies I have read . . . Stephen is . . . painfully honest when trying to grapple with his ever-present demons, and often, as you might expect, very funny ― Daily Mail
The writing is rhapsodic, intoxicated and very touching ― Mail on Sunday
[A] wonderful, self-lacerating autobiography ― Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times
He has produced a remarkable autobiography . . . It makes gripping, sometimes unbearably sad, sometimes confusing reading . . . exhilarating, humane, zany, literary ― Spectator
No one can make you feel quite like Stephen Fry can . . . Funny and tormentedly frank ― Time Out
Hugely enjoyable . . . compulsively readable . . . Fry is excellent on the details of memory, too, and always able to embellish them with effortless erudition . . . this engaging, engrossing read is as honest a portrait of a young liar as one could hope to read ― Scotsman
He is bubbly, funny and charming, and he gives his fans plenty of material if they want to speculate on why he is both so gifted and so wayward ― The Times
The jokes . . . transcend the complexes of the joker, turning the Stephenesque into a national as well as a family treasure ― Guardian
Not so much an autobiography, more a way of life; discursive, funny, sometimes almost unbelievably sad, opinionated, nostalgic and very infectious ― Claire Rayner, New Statesman
Fry can be funny about anything ― Good Book Guide
So charming and so acute that one cannot help forgiving him ― Daily Express --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0045JKEPI
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (22 February 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 3865 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 207,770 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Whilst his sometimes cringeworthy candour borders on self-indulgence, his honesty in recounting his feelings of alienation during his school days should resonate with many of his readers - it certainly did with me!
Essentially Fry's story is about self-discovery and self-acceptance. By revealing his manipulative dark-side it's almost as if the author is challenging us his audience to see what a truly unlikeable rotter he was (and by implication is).
And of course his ultimate conceit is that he knows full-well that we (his fans), will love him even more for sharing his fallibilities with us. "Moab is my Washpot" is proof that an autobiographical work can be therapeutic not just for its readers but maybe for its author as well!
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The book was a thoroughly good read and for someone like me who is very much from a working class background it was fascinating being brought into the world of public boarding schools which Stephen re-created with superb attention to detail that boggles the mind how he can remember it all.
I admire his warts and all description of his childhood and the various characters that he encountered in his family and school life. I loved the stories of his various naughty school boy turned criminal endeavours.
I was surprised to find that although I am not homophobic I would normally seek to avoid graphic detail of homosexual encounters but even with such a sensitive subject matter was written it such a superb fashion that it was interesting. I was actually quite well emotional would be the only word to describe it regarding what appeared to be the love of his life and the one that got away and I thank Stephen for helping me see homosexuals in a different light that rightly or wrongly I didn't consider before.
I bought this book on a whim as I normally detest autobiographies and I am delighted I did. I found myself going to bed earlier than normal just so I could read this book rather than using a book as a sleep aid which is normally the case.
As soon as I finished this book I immediately purchased the next instalment which is good but not as good as this one and will be the subject of a different review.
Do yourself a favour no matter what age, sex or sexual persuasion you are this book is a fantastic, funny, at times sad and just superbly written book.
I started reading the book on my Kindle and then during an Audible Sale found that Moab is my Washpot had become available from Audible, read of course by Stephen Fry himself (£17-99 but I bought it as my monthly credit so only £7-99).
Stephen Fry talks very quickly when narrating "Moab is my Washpot" but it is still over 11 hours of speech. Probably if he had not spoken as quickly the book could have been twice as long and cost twice as much.
It covers from early childhood, through Prep School and on to his public school. Unfortunately an addiction to sugar led from overeating to theft for cash to buy the sweets and later cigarettes. Getting caught, expulsion from school and on to others where forever in trouble, truanting etc. Finally this led to theft and the law. A period on remand, found guilty and luckily not a prison sentence and he had learned his lesson.
Stephen gritted his teeth and pulled himself together, working hard and passing exams.
I really admired his honesty about his schooling, sexuality and criminal behaviour. The book made me admire the man even more.
The follow-up autobiography "The Fry Chronicles" is from before being accepted for University and getting his degree despite being involved in various entertainment societies and appearing at Edinburgh. Not sure where the follow up chronicles end as I have not finished listening to them yet (just over 12 hours £13-99.).
In the Chronicles Stephen does not narrate as fast as in Moab is my Washpot though he does name drop a lot of course. From public school to prison on remand to appearing on television. Even a person not a fan should read or listen to these books, the man truly has my admiration.
"Moab is my Washpot" is Text to Speech enabled but unfortunately the robotic voice bears no comparison to listening to Stephen Fry himself.
I listen to Audible books on my laptop. I can sit across the room with eyes closed while I listen or I can download on to my mp3 player to take out with me.
I understand you can download an audible book on to a Kindle with sound, I have not tried this yet. I have listened to audible books on a Kindle Fire and the quality of sound is excellent.