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Loitering With Intent: The Child Paperback – February 13, 1997
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As enthralling as this story is, the writing in this book are every syllable as deliscious and enjoyable as the life in these stories. The biggest surprise is that the subject of these pages, Peter O'Toole, is also the author! As it turns out, Mr O'Toole is as superlative a writer as he is gifted on the stage and screen as an actor. Who knew?
The best news of all: this is volume one. Read it and then rush out and grab volume II, "Lotering With Intent: The Apprentice."
O'Toole's recollections of his parents--a gorgeous, flirtatious mother and a handsome, ne'er-do-well father--are rich with detail and emotion. He remembers also their friends, their tribulations (and pet mouse!) during WWII, and perhaps most vividly of all, his enforced sojourn in the English countryside when city life was deemed too dangerous for children. His account of going to church and going to a Protestant school (O'Toole was reared a good Irish Catholic boy) are especially hilarious, from the fights with bullies to the strict teachers to the sad family with whom he lodged. One especially funny tale has to do with a school picnic. When the Protestant teacher instructs the class to pray for good weather for the picnic, they all promise to. Of course picnic day arrives and is rainy. The teacher disapprovingly sniffs, "Well, I see God didn't answer our prayers." O'Toole, eight years old and astounded by this non-Catholic outlook, cries out, "Yes, He did! He said no!"
Young O'Toole is obsessed with Adolf Hitler, who makes an appearance every several dozen pages. O'Toole gets at the maniacal dictator's fascination for a young, feverishly imaginative boy with some extraordinary stream-of-consciousness writing:
"Hitler had been poison-gassed [in WWI]. Daring despatch runner that he was, twice he was got. Shrapnel swept a bit of his shin away.Read more ›
p.s. Just my feelings: as far as that so-called "Academy" goes, noone can even count all of the rotten mistakes they've made and continue to make; they are and always have been a bunch of mean, stupid jerks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best autobiographies are written by those who know how to use language and who aren't afraid to tell unflattering stories about themselves. Read morePublished 14 months ago by greyhound1954
Almost stream of consciousness but rewarding bits if you hang in.
His memories of 'Rogue Male' encouraged me to buy one of the
best page turners I've read in years.
Someone needs to publish a book of both volumes! It's an atrocity that such an accomplished person should be so overlooked!Published on December 16, 2013 by Puck
First in a series of autobiographies by the actor who also writes very well. Here's hoping he finishes the third volume.Published on November 10, 2009 by Stephen Harlen
A disjoint account of a small part of the life of a talented man who has lived a very full life.Published on March 13, 2003 by Kim Dyer