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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stephen Fry makes no bones about his young life and his at-the-time somewhat un-evolved young character, his mistakes, and his successes after all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rags
It's just impossible to not like Mr Fry, even after reading this bitingly honest tale of his distinctly unlikeable exploits at snob-schools, leading up to his eventual acceptance... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alzinho
What amazing writing and what a weird and wonderful life and mind. Can't wait to read the next instalments.Published 8 months ago by Couch potato
A curate's egg. OK, but overly self-obsessed as is typical of Fry. Very much in the typical Fry "Look at me, I'm so clever, I'm so Oxbridge, I'm so up myself" mould. Read morePublished 9 months ago by I. J. K. Dunbar
I enjoy Mr.fry's work.very funny .I have had this book.for about 2 years .About time to listen to it again.Published 10 months ago by hawk55
My vocabulary has increased by at least 20%. This was a raw look at an earlier Stephen Fry, warts and all.Published 11 months ago by Jan Dowlz