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Book review: Moab Is My Washpot 
21st-Aug-2011 06:12 pm
A while back everyone seemed to be reading The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry's second volume of autobiography. But I hadn't even read the first one yet so I figured I should catch up with that. Moab Is My Washpot basically covers his school years from prep school, through various high schools after he got expelled from the first one, up to him spending time in a young offenders' institution for a spree of credit card fraud (later to be identified as an upswing of his bipolar) and turning things around for himself to get into Cambridge. I like Stephen Fry but there's a few things I couldn't warm to in the book, firstly the fact that it's so conversational - he goes off on lengthy tangents so much it feels like a first draft. And the title is an allusion to him using the book as a confessional to purge himself of the things he did in his teens, something that's a bit too apparent, his constant references to what a terrible person he is compared to everyone else feel a bit like protesting too much. There's still a lot of cleverly written stuff in here to enjoy and it shows a side of him that people tend to forget about but although it's still the National TreasureTM everyone loves it's him at his most self-indulgent.
22nd-Aug-2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Interesting that you're reading that. I quite enjoyed the first book but am currently most of the way through listening to the Fry Chronicles on talking book. For me there is no comparison to Moab, possibly though because by listening to Stephen read the book makes the chatty style feel much better when it's spoken than when you read it yourself.
22nd-Aug-2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah that's what I would expect, when you're reading it the digressions really stand out a lot more. I know I'm the world's worst for going off on tangents when I'm talking, but then I can't go back and edit myself into something more coherent like you can in a book.
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