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Dirk writes beautifully and his delivery is faultless. His beautiful "cut glass" English accent and the warm tones of his fluent French are a joy to hear. The book focusses upon his 20 plus years living an idyllic life in the south of France, his disdain for fame and its trappings and the touching illness and eventual death of his long term companion. I found the book to be transporting, funny and very moving. My only slight criticism is the way the book tends to jump about a bit, but I enjoyed every second of it and I wasn't ready for it the book to end.
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This is the last of (I think) seven volumes of autobiography, written by the late Dirk Bogarde and this edition, narrated by the author, is a sweetly nostalgic account of his years in Provence at Le Pigonnier, where he lived with his partner (or euphemistically named 'manager') Tony Forewood, before illness and infirmity forced their return to England.
Bogarde's presence as an actor was always commanding and his beautiful voice makes this a very enjoyable and satisfying listen. His writing is precise and atmospheric and the descriptions of the Provencal countryside and the characters who live there are delightful. The deep love he felt for 'Tote' is made delicately but deeply obvious and the account of the death of his partner from cancer is handled with great sensitivity. I was totally captivated by this book and will listen to it many times with pleasure. I'm only sorry that DB only seems to have made one recording, but I do recommend you read the other volumes in print. They chronicle an extraordinary life, a distinguished acting career and a gentler time with outstanding literary talent and astonishing artistry.
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Where does A Short Walk from Harrods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I felt as though I was sitting in a comfortable room sipping on a gin and tonic listening to Dirk telling me about his everyday and very extraordinary life.
What other book might you compare A Short Walk from Harrods to and why?
Alec Guinness "Blessings In Disguies" for the insight into a very interesting life
What does Dirk Bogarde bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His narrative and passion
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Part fact part fiction, this is an unabridged overview of the last 30 years of Bogarde's life. He was, and remains, inscrutible. One never knows what is fact and what is fiction. One Hopes others in this series shall be released.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful