Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
A number one bestseller
in Britain, 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.
I've always loved Stephen Fry's writing and acting and thoroughly enjoyed reading this account of his early life. It gives a real glimpse into the whole British school boy boarding school experience.
Fry uses words so well and knows how to tell a story. This autobiography is linear in that it goes through the events of his school life, but then he also goes off on tangents that reveal more about who Stephen Fry is and the kind of world that he grew up in. I love this kind of meandery story telling.
This is a well written memoir that I raced through because I could hardly put it down. I can hardly wait to read the next one.