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This irresistible book, the best-written celebrity memoir of 1999, concentrates on Fry's first two tumultuous decades, but beware! A Fry sentence can lead anywhere, from a ringing defense of beating schoolchildren to a thoughtful comparison of male and female naughty parts. Fry's deepest regrets seem to be the elusiveness of a particular boy's love and the fact that, despite his keen ear for music, Fry's singing voice can make listeners "claw out their inner ears, electrocute their genitals, put on a Jim Reeves record, throw themselves cackling hysterically onto the path of moving buses... anything, anything to take away the pain." A chance mention of Fry's time-travel book about thwarting Hitler, Making History (a finalist for the 1998 Sidewise Award for Best Alternative History), leads to the startling real-life revelation that Fry's own Jewish uncle may have loaned a young, shivering Hitler the coat off his back.
Fry's life is full of school and jailhouse blues overcome by jaunty wit, à la Wilde. The title, from Psalm 108:9, refers to King David's triumph over the Philistines. Fry triumphs similarly, and with more style. --Tim Appelo
Stephen Fry is amazing with words. Unfortunately he uses a few too many of them sometimes and it can take several pages (if not chapters) before he gets back on track. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jo Keat
A joy to read. Fry is a master of the english language. It is difficult to recognize the grown man, we know from television, in this boy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dan Salling Brayshaw
Loved it; couldn't put it down. While not quite as 'different' feeling as a child, I could relate. And the reflexive paradoxy - right up my alley. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Regine
I love everything about Stephen Fry. However, I could not give this book a five-star rating because Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julie Ann Jacques
I believe I have a reasonably well-developed English vocabulary, so when someone fits 3 words onto a single page that I've never heard before they've got my attention - at least... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jon