Moab Is My Washpot

  • by Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose.
b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service.
c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring and self-destructive debaucheries: the unrepentant libertine author seeks revenge on his many enemies and tears the lid off the private life of blameless churchmen and librarians.
Fry`s autobiography is all and none of these. Too old to rock and roll, too young to die, the author looks back with bruising frankness at his life so far.

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What the Critics Say

"Stephen Fry is one of the great originals. This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion. That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." (Financial Times)
"He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood - some of his bursts of smile take the breath away - his most satisfying and appealing book so far." (Observer)

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An Honest Account

If you like Stephen Fry (and who doesn't) you'll like this auto-biographical account of Stephen's early years. It's an honest tale of childhood and teenage memories and Stephen talks openly about his upbringing and misconducts in a way that you don't expect to hear from such a public figure. And you can't help but respect him the more for it.
I looked forward to my commute each day simply to hear the next instalment of this clearly narrated book.

This book is also a tale of how, with enough determination, it is possible to turn your life around.

Highly Recommended.
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- John Bates

A great man with great weaknesses

Fry has used this first autobiography to exorcise cohorts of personal demons while offering short guided tours into the dark labyrinth of a genius mind.
I found it both fascinating and disturbing, and like another reviewer could hardly bear to put it down.
Fry writes brilliantly for most of the time. Some of his descriptive passages take on a beauty of their own.

But prepare to ride along with Fry the fox, Fry the weasel, and Fry the most honest and open human being imaginable. Look as close as you might but there are few signs of the genial and donnish presenter of QI to come.

He takes the trend in many recent autobiographies of opening the heart to the world a good deal further. He lays his entrails on the table and dissects in excruciating detail with verbal tweezers, sparing us nothing.
There is a road map of sorts through his school days but prepare for him sometimes to stray off the track, creating turgid pools of quotes, lists and vile rants.

Understanding his well publicised battle with bi-polarity helps separate the parts written while in pits of despair from those soaring the peaks of creative ecstasy. On difficult days at his word processor I could feel him seeking inspiration in lists and details from treasured publications to fill his daily quota. I could also sense those ecstatic days where genius and supreme command of language and writing flowed effortlessly.

In this book expect a journey through guilt and self loathing. Expect too, some analysis of his sexuality, short dissertations on male beauty and begin to understand his yearnings to love and be loved.
Some passages might reasonably be described as essays in trivia in which he takes a subject and reduces it to its basic constituents, biting into it furiously from every direction and worrying it to death.

All that said, I loved the book and respect the man even more having got to understand him better, this time from the inside.
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- Ray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks