Book Review: Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

Moab is my Washpot

by Stepehn Fry

[per la versione italiana andate giù]

moab is my washpot

Reviewed by Giulia Bertelli

I finished this book about two weeks ago and for many different reason I find myself to write about it just now. This is a bit strange for me because I usually have to write down at least something on what I liked or unliked of my latest reading.
But here we are and both you and me have to accept this situation, I just hope to still have something with any sense to tell you. I can do it, I just have to keep calm.
I read this book while I was on holiday in Barcelona at the end of may and I think it was the perfect reading. It’s the first part of Stephen Fry’s autobiography, and even if he tells you so many facts and stories, you can close the book, go around the city, read some pages while you are in a coffee shop waiting for the little rain outside to stop, and continue it at home (I rented a lovely little house in Gràcia neighborhood).
This is that kind of book you don’t want to put down, you want to know what’s going on with little Stephen.
The one thing I like about Moab is my Washpot is that Stephen Fry has the great ability to start a story, then to continue with another one, so that after even only ten pages you don’t remember why he’s telling you about that event. His ability consists in not losing himself while he’s doing that, and I can assure you most writers aren’t so good at that.
This book covers the first twenty years of Stephen’s life and I like to think that if you read it you could understand a little bit more about Stephen Fry in his twenties and compared to today.
I usually don’t read any autobiography or biography, but I love Stephen Fry and his works, every time I go to London I find myself in the bookshop looking at his books, but I don’t know why, I never buy them. Now I did it and I’m really really happy and I don’t want to stop. Right now on my bookshelves I have the second book and in many of my wishlists I have the other Fry’s books.
One last thing: in his introduction to the edition I bought (the book was published in the 1997), Stephen Fry wrote something that I can use to reassume this book and its tone:

I hope when you meet the young Stephen Fry who lurks within, you will enjoy his company. he means well and, like you and everyone else in the world, he is only looking for love. That is his besetting sin and redeeming virtue.

You can buy the book here

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Giulia Bertelli: obsessive compulsive reader, crocheter and knitter. Giulia Bertelli lives in Milan between books and yarns. You can find her wool and cotton stories on kckshop on Etsy. She loves photography: always looking for something new to watch through hers or someone else’s eyes. Addicted to Instagram, you can find her there @keepcalmandknit, in the middle of her fiber art, a moodboard or looking at clouds.

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***ITALIANO***

Ho finito questo libro circa due settimane fa e per molti motivi mi ritrovo a scriverne solo ora. Questo è un po ‘strano per me, perché di solito devo scrivere subito almeno qualcosa su quello che mi è piaciuto o no della mia ultima lettura.
Ma qui siamo e sia tu che io dobbiamo accettare questa situazione, spero solo di avere ancora qualcosa con un senso da dirvi. Posso farcela, devo solo non farmi prendere dal panico.
Ho letto questo libro mentre ero in vacanza a Barcellona alla fine di maggio e penso che sia stata la lettura perfetta. E’ la prima parte dell’autobiografia di Stephen Fry, e anche se lui ti racconta così tanti fatti e storie, è possibile chiudere il libro, andare in giro per la città, leggere alcune pagine mentre sei in un bar in attesa che la pioggia fuori decida di fermarsi, e continuare a casa (ho affittato una graziosa casa nel quartiere di Gràcia).
Questo è quel genere di libro che non si vuole mettere giù, si vuole sapere cosa sta succedendo al piccolo Stephen.
Una delle cose che mi piace di Moab is my Washpot è che Stephen Fry ha la grande capacità di iniziare una storia, poi proseguire con un’altra, di modo che dopo anche solo dieci pagine non ti ricordi perché ti stia parlando di un certo evento. La sua abilità consiste nel non perdere se stesso, e posso assicurarvi che molti scrittori non sono così bravi.
Questo libro copre i primi venti anni di vita di Stephen e mi piace pensare che, se lo si legge si può capire un po ‘di più lo Stephen Fry nei suoi vent’anni e di oggi.
Io di solito non leggo molte autobiografie o biografie, ma io amo Stephen Fry e le sue opere, ogni volta che vado a Londra mi ritrovo in libreria a guardare i suoi libri, ma non so perché, finisce sempre che non li compro. Ora l’ho fatto e sono davvero davvero felice e non voglio smettere. In questo momento, sulla mia libreria e in una delle mie liste dei desideri, ho il secondo libro che mi attende.
Un’ultima cosa: nella sua introduzione all’edizione che ho comprato (il libro è stato pubblicato nel 1997), Stephen Fry ha scritto qualcosa che posso usare per riassumere questo libro e il suo tono:

I hope when you meet the young Stephen Fry who lurks within, you will enjoy his company. he means well and, like you and everyone else in the world, he is only looking for love. That is his besetting sin and redeeming virtue.

Comments
One Response to “Book Review: Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry”
  1. Reblogged this on brandon arkell and commented:
    Having watched Mr Fry in the biographical film about Oscar Wilde, and having read his refreshingly truthful quotes about the idea of ‘being offended’, I cannot say I have read this book, but I would probably recommend it if I had.

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