With an introduction by P. J. O'Rourke
'Do not read this book in public. You will risk severe internal injuries from trying to suppress your laughter.' Sunday Times
I was born in 1939. The other big event of that year was the outbreak of the Second World War, but for the moment that did not affect me.
In the first instalment of Clive James's memoirs we follow the...more
I’ve summarised our discussion he ...more
This time I started off with P.J. O’Rourke singing the praises of „Unreliable Memoirs“, which we‘re told is not only „every thinking persons’memoir“, „something new that no one has done before or will do again“ but „the best memoir in the world“ by „the best-read person he’s ever known“. (In order to find more things to praise, even the town name of Kogarah seem ...more
I found reading this paperback amazingly funny and, ...more
The strength of the novel is Clive James's self deprecating humour, that has you cringing and laughing at the same time. He's fearless in recounting stories that anyone else would have happily oppressed and forgotten about.
I recommend this book to everyone I know and keep having to buy myself new copies because of the one's I give away.
Read it and enjoy.
Covering James' early life, childhood, adolescence, university and national service it takes us up to the point at which James reaches England as ...more
Now I need to track down and read everything else he has written.
From his early learning years James offers an account of himself as naturally gifted but inherently unenthusiastic. The selfishness of his relationship with his mother is viewed with ambivalent eyes - he did what he wanted, progressed with her support but seems to think he should h ...more
From the ridiculous:
"The whole secret of kacking your pants, incidentally, is to produce a rock-solid blob which will slide down your leg in one piece and can be rolled aw ...more
The first of a series of books he's subsequently written as memoir there is nobody in these books that James picks on more than himself. He has a wonderful, dry way of commenting on the obvious, of drawin ...more
I enjoyed it, and could hear James' Australian drawl throughout, but I did not enjoy it as much as The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, which does a similar thing for that author's American childhood, but with better historical detail slipped in and more reflection on the passage of time.
I was reading a Folio Society edition which was, as ever, beautiful to h ...more
Aside from the infatuation with penile escapades, this book suffered from being a memoir which read like a collection of paragraphs the author read out loud at open mic night.
The best part was trying to figure out all the bizarre Australian slang.