Look, it's no secret to anyone who knows me in the slightest: I love this man. He is my inspiration and my hero, I love his attitude to life, his sensLook, it's no secret to anyone who knows me in the slightest: I love this man. He is my inspiration and my hero, I love his attitude to life, his sense of humour and unflinching ability to stand up and speak out for what he believes in.
He here tells a brutally honest account of his growing up and how he first came to realise that he was gay. He takes the reader through his days in a boarding school where he struggled to fit in and constantly rebelled against, without knowing quite why. He tells of his troubled mind and how it led him to spend time in prison prior to completing his education at Cambridge, he also speaks of his first love and questions his own thoughts and feelings. Fry attempts to analyse his own behaviour, struggling himself to understand why he grew up the way he did when he was treated no differently to his brother.
It is honest, it is funny, poignant and sometimes sad. It is nearly always curious and often confused. But it is never apologetic. Good for you, Stephen....more
I keep promising to write a full review for this but never get around to it. Basically, I read Persepolis for my Gendered Communities course and I thiI keep promising to write a full review for this but never get around to it. Basically, I read Persepolis for my Gendered Communities course and I think it's one of those rare reads that actually gets better when you study it for the historical, cultural and political context. There are depressingly few Middle Eastern women whose books are read on a large scale so the insight which Persepolis offers into this part of Iran's history is very important. It offers a perspective we don't get to see too often....more
This may be a graphic novel, but it is also one of the most honest, refreshing, detailed and touching memoirs I have ever read. I have one slight comp
This may be a graphic novel, but it is also one of the most honest, refreshing, detailed and touching memoirs I have ever read. I have one slight complaint and it isn't really a complaint, more of a little suggestion as to how this could have been better - if a couple of the f-bombs had been removed and this became a book we could give to younger kids. Because, damn, in a world of pink glitter for girls and blue guns for boys, younger kids really do need a book like this.
Tomboy is the tale of Liz Prince's childhood and adolescence. She understood from an early age that she didn't like all of the things people consider "girly" and much preferred boys' clothes and toys. As she grew older, she didn't want to dress in pretty skirts or conform to what was expected for her gender, she got crushes on boys but all of them wanted the "normal" girls.
What is most interesting is the underlying discussion going on about what it means to be male or female. The book ultimately challenges the notion that there is only one way to be either and sees Liz going from a child who would rather be mistaken for a boy and claims to "hate girls", to someone who recognises that she is a woman and doesn't have to behave or dress in a certain way to prove that. It looks at conformity and non-conformity, bullying and growing up. It is, essentially, a coming-of-age tale told through the eyes of someone who doesn't want to grow up in the way everyone thinks she should.
I really liked getting this perspective on gender expectations. I wasn't really a "tomboy" myself and the only close experience I have with this is through my brother who always wanted to play with dolls and do ballet dancing. In fact, before reading this, I always focused on the problems gendered clothing/behaviour has for boys. It's commonly known that it's easier for women to wear jeans and baseball caps than it is for a man to wear a dress and make-up... so I didn't fully appreciate the effect being a "tomboy" would have on a girl while growing up. Until now.
Very enjoyable, funny and thought-provoking story.