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.
The book also deals heavily with Fry's homosexuality and how this effected his youth.
Others might read this and see someone they know, and still others might be astounded by the depth of feeling and sincerity expressed.
I read Stephen Fry's autobiographical works The Fry Chronicles and Moab Is My Washpot in reverse order.
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 1 month ago by Dan Salling Brayshaw
Reading Stephen Fry is like sitting and listening to a wonderful friend. Beside his wonderful use of language and his wit, his extraordinary honesty and introspection make his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by phylco
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 1 month ago by Regine
I love everything about Stephen Fry. However, I could not give this book a five-star rating because Mr. Read morePublished 2 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 2 months ago by Jon
Fry's descriptive abilities are absolutely top class. I was reminded of Dickens. His honesty in admitting his lying and stealing was most commendable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ian Scott
Fry gives an inside glimpse of life at prep & public schools, written with humour, while not sparing himself. And it is not even fiction.Published 3 months ago by Robert van Overbeeke
If your into tedious books about the sexual longings and unrequited love of spoilt private schoolboys you'll love this book otherwise give it a big miss. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Graham