Sunday, January 2, 2011

Big Book Read #21

The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry

The follow-up to Moab is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles, well, chronicles Stephen Fry’s post-adolescent life and the beginning of his rise to fame. As with everything he writes, its funny, touching, and honest.

The book can be jolly, like when Fry talks about how he skipped along through university at Cambridge, joining the footlights and meeting some guy name Hugh Laurie along the way. School came very easy to him, so he spent his time doing more interesting things like acting, smoking and writing.

But The Fry Chronicles can also be dark. Fry’s battle with manic depression is well-known in the UK and he doesn’t shy away from recounting episodes of his life marred by mental illness.

I would buy this book a second time as an audiobook just to hear Fry himself read. As can be expected from the author, be ready for big flowery language. It’s wonderful.

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