The Fry Chronicles

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The Fry Chronicles

Format:  Hardcover,

438 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jan 2012

ISBN-13: 9781590207147

ISBN-10: 1590207149

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Stephen Fry arrived at Cambridge University as a convicted fraudster and thief, an addict, liar, fantasist, and failed suicide, convinced that any moment he would be sent away. Instead, he befriended bright young things like Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie, and he emerged as one of the most promising comic talents in the world. This is the engrossing, hilarious, and utterly compelling story of how the Stephen the world knows (or thinks it knows) found his way. Tales of champagne, love, and conspicuous consumption jostle with insights into Broadway and TV stardom. A feat of trademark wit and verbal brilliance, this is a book unafraid of confronting the chasm that separates celebrity from a young man's personal reality.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jan 2012
ISBN-13: 9781590207147
ISBN-10: 1590207149
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 438
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5
Walmart No.: 9781590207147

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Review by Library Journal (2011-12-01)

From his love affair with sugar to his star-studded years at Cambridge and beyond, writer and actor Fry found his place in British television (e.g., A Bit of Fry & Laurie), film (e.g., Wilde), radio, and theater. Picking up where his first book, Moab Is My Washpot, left off, he let's us see his playful, vulnerable side as he relates college life at Cambridge. Working with Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson, he soon found himself among the best of the best of British performers.

His appreciation for the craft, love for the written word, and an almost unhealthy need to please people add to the humanity of his auto-biography. Willing to do the work to reap the fame, Fry illustrates what it takes with hilarity, wit, and linguistic flair.

Verdict: Fry weaves a no-holds-barred account and reveals sometimes difficult truths about himself and the nature of celebrity. Readers of Graham Norton's So Me and Fry's other books will enjoy his journey of self-discovery. Highly recommended for fans of his comedic work and those interested in drama.

-Rochelle LeMaster, Medina Cty. Dist. Lib., Lodi, OH

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Stephen Fry arrived at Cambridge University as a convicted fraudster and thief, an addict, liar, fantasist, and failed suicide, convinced that any moment he would be sent away. Instead, he befriended bright young things like Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie, and he emerged as one of the most promising comic talents in the world. This is the engrossing, hilarious, and utterly compelling story of how the Stephen the world knows (or thinks it knows) found his way. Tales of champagne, love, and conspicuous consumption jostle with insights into Broadway and TV stardom. A feat of trademark wit and verbal brilliance, this is a book unafraid of confronting the chasm that separates celebrity from a young man's personal reality.

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