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The Fry Chronicles  by Stephen Fry
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Oct 31, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2-star-just-made-it
Read from October 31 to November 02, 2011 , read count: 0.5

Didn't finish and had no desire to. I enjoyed Fry's previous volume of autobiography - Moab My Washpot - although I appreciate that this book was more of a delving into his adult years, it just wasn't anywhere near as entertaining. I was gripped during his narration of his time at Cambridge and was incredibly thrilled by the first appearances of Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie and a bunch of other famous names, however I lost interest the minute he became a professional - name dropping is fine and natural when you are becoming famous, but it just gets too much and he does go on about how fabulous other people are, almost to the level that you just start talking at the book, "Yeah, Stephen, we know Emma Thompson is a great actress." or "Oh, you lived near Lady Di when you moved to so and so place in London and met her at a later date - yes, very interesting...." It's the little things that bring this book down and it's a real shame, because Fry has a proven record of being able to write and we definitely know that he can be and is very charming and funny. Really, a disappointment that breaks my heart somehow.
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Stephen Fry
“The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

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message 1: by Bruno (new)

Bruno Rogers surely you can't review a book you haven't finished?!

Tania Bruno wrote: "surely you can't review a book you haven't finished?!"

Course I can! I just did :-) There is no point with some books to torture yourself. Rarely am I moved to review or comment on books I have left unfinished, but this one was a particular disappointment, because I love Stephen Fry and know he can do better.

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