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Cleared for Take-Off
by Dirk Bogarde
The sixth and final volume of the actor and writer's autobiography, which relates episodes from his war experiences, and years in films.
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Viking Books
(first published 1995)
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One of the pleasures of visiting a new acquaintance's home is the opportunity of inspecting their bookshelves. First off I found an all time and rare treasure in 'The Matchmaker of Perigord' - I book I adore although when I launched my book group several years ago and chose this as a cherished, hilarious read I was disappointed with their underwhelming enthusiasm so it was fantastic to find another lover, and also that my lover loves it too. And to have a chance to read it for, well, probably th ...more
This is the second memoir of Dirk Bogarde's I've read and which I have also enjoyed very much. His style is easy and immenesly readable, though I've met at least one person who finds his style annoying. His ability to play down (for the most part) significant influences/occurrences in his life is I feel commendable here rather than superficial though lets be fair this is not a deep read but it's a good read and one likes the man more for having read it.
I was lucky enough to meet Dirk and he signed this book for me, it's another triumph, a really startling account of his time spent in the army as a young man and his discovery of his love of acting. His way with words is to me, unsurpassable brilliance. The man had a true gift and I preferred his writing to his acting, I have never been moved by books as much as I was by his.
Dirk Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde was born of mixed Flemish, Dutch and Scottish ancestry, and baptised on 30 October 1921 at St. Mary's Church, Kilburn. His father, Ulric van den Bogaerde (born in Perry Barr, Birmingham; 1892–1972), was the art editor of The Times and his mother, Margaret Niven (1898–1980), was a former actress. He attended University College School, the former Allan ...moreMore about Dirk Bogarde...