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Moab is my Washpot

It is the autobiography of Stephen Fry, a very well known English comedian.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 13:09 IST

Moab is my Washpot
Stephen Fry
Price — Rs 391
Publication — Random Books

Moab is my Washpot is probably one book that will have you rolling on the floor (with laughter), begging for more. It is the autobiography of Stephen Fry, a very well known English comedian, author, actor and director. Moab… covers only the first 18 years of his life, primarily giving graphic details of his school life at Stout’s Hill, Uppingham School, before he was kicked out from there.

Through the book, Fry blatantly describes his insolent habits of cheating, stealing and lying that got him into trouble over and over. A borderline genius; his IQ tests proved, he had a highly able brain and a great aptitude. But sadly, he did not have the anatomy to match his intellect.

His underdeveloped body, was a constant source of humiliation to him, be it while playing sports or during the community showers that followed. Today, he says, he can’t recall the childhood pains of gashed knees, twisted ankles or broken backs, but he does remember the pain of loneliness, abandonment, humiliation, rejection and fear.

The irresistibly delightful youngster, the protagonist of the book never tires of indulging in illegal, dishonest, deceitful activities and keeps you flipping through the pages to know more. A flip sided personality, Fry nonchalantly details the corporal punishment that was dished out to him, at the same time describing the infinite heartache and pain that he experienced on account of his first love.

But, in spite of his satanic deeds and confessions, Fry comes out to be this likable character, with a warm, sensitive, and charming personality, but one who is in desperate need of love, understanding and clarity. The autobiography is an emotional, funny, witty, clever, sensitive and sardonic account of his early years.