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As soon as I stepped out of my mother's wombI realized that I had made a mistake uentin Crisp declares giving a small hint of the witty and wry approach he takes toward the life he describes with uninhibited exuberance in this classic autobiography which is both a comic masterpiece. Sting Gordon Sumner dedicated his song Englishman in New York 1987 to Crisp He had remarked jokingly that he looked forward to receiving his naturalisation papers so that he could commit a crime and not be deported In late 1986 Sting visited Crisp in his apartment and was told over dinner – and the next three days – what life had been like for a homosexual man in the largely homophobic Great Britain of the 1920s to the 1960s Sting was both shocked and fascinated and decided to write the song It includes the linesIt takes a man to suffer ignorance and smileBe yourself no matter what they saySting says Well it's partly about me and partly about uentin Again I was looking for a metaphor uentin is a hero of mine someone I know very well He is gay and he was gay at a time in history when it was dangerous to be so He had people beating up on him on a daily basis largely with the consent of the publicLink There's an anecdote in this charming and astringent memoir that epitomizes THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT for me in the 1930s uentin Crisp name at birth Denis Charles Pratt worked in an office and was sent to buy a pair of scissors for that office Instead of going to Woolworth's and picking up a cheap pair for sixpence about fifteen cents US then; perhaps a buck or two today he went to a good stationer's and spent two shillings sixpence for a nice pair five times what the Woolie's model cost The assistant to whom he brought the scissors was aghast at the high price until Crisp facetiously suggested calling the new acuisition paper shears rather than scissors THAT made the purchase okay to Crisp's surprise and chagrin uentin Crisp just wasn't constructed to live in straight society and sexuality only sometimes had anything to do with it He did decide as a young man to brazen it out and live as an effeminate gay man on the theory that he would never pass for straight He took the lumps physical and metaphorical associated with such out ness but he had a lot of fun too just being himself Gay or straight the reader who wants a witty vastly well written and insightful memoir from Interwar England 1919 1939 will be well rewarded Waiting For a Girl Like You (Drawn to the Rhythm, that I had made a mistake uentin Crisp declares giving a small hint of Waiting For a Girl Like You the witty and wry approach he The Chemistry Redemption takes Hit and Run (Blue Sox, Book 3) toward I Was Your Fool the life he describes with uninhibited exuberance in The Loved Dead And Other Tales this classic autobiography which is both a comic masterpiece. 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And a uniue testament to the resilience of the human spirit Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931 when the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities but he did so with grand and provocative flamboyance determined to spread the message that homosexuality did. Reading this book makes me happy and sad at the same time which feels a bit like how I imagine mixing uppers and downers must discombobulated and a bit illIn other words I'm really enjoying itSo far I'd recommend this to anyone though I have to warn those who are afraid of homosexuals that they will probably be unable to sleep for weeks after reading this book So if you are one of the many people frightened by homosexuals I'd only recommend it if you are also a fan of terror I wish Mr Crisp had been writing advice columns for Seventeen magazine when I was growing up He might have saved me some investigation and trouble later on There is no great dark man Even under an exterior as rugged as a mountain range there lurks the same wounded wincing psyche that cripples the rest of us Where we are led to think we will find strength we shall discover force; where we hope for ruthlessness we shall unearth spite; and when we think we are clinging desperately to a rock it is falling upon us Even with a man whose neck is thicker than his head if we are not careful we shall be involved in an argument about who most loves whom The trouble is that if you find by mistake you have bitten into a soft center you can't very well put it back in the box p 141At the risk of sounding than mildly brain damaged I'll make the suprising statement here that uentin Crisp displays a striking amount of insight into the topic of gender roles Wow This book didn't end at all the way I'd expectedNot to get all corny but this is a brave book It was really sad but as suggested above an often amusing pleasure I don't read much memoir so I'm not sure which ualities were specific to the book and which are characteristic of the genre but at any rate I do recommend this It really gets astutely into some very rare stuff about the experience of being human which at the end of the day is pretty much all I'm after when I open any book Cracking The Code: My Journey To Bollywood testament Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Essential Guide—How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater to Black Reign Saga the resilience of Captured by the Alien Savage the human spirit Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931 when Bayou Bad Boys the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities but he did so with grand and provocative flamboyance determined Bayou Bad Boys to spread Just the Way You Are the message The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century that homosexuality did. 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Not exclude him or anyone else from the human race His hilarious descriptions of encounters with parents friends employers soldiers and sailors and the law reveal the strength and humor of an honest man determined to face the world with the uncensored unapologetic truth about himse. An amazing look into a bygone era and into one of the personages that began laying the fundamental brickwork to change society as it was known foreverThough to be fair let it be said that uentin Crisp though he paints himself in a primarily positive light was NOT the nicest or most likable of people and yet even though he claims to effectively Not give a damn about people's opinions it's still hard not to truly empathize with him and his plightIt's difficult to imagine the courage it took to live openly as a gay man back in the 30's 40's and 50's and the toll it must have taken As a 40 something gay man I can remember how difficult it was to come out in the pre Will Grace 1980'sAnd yet even in this comparatively enlighted age of the Internet and Caitlin Jenner it's STILL hard for many people to find the courage to speak out and identify themselvesWhich is why this book resonates still to this day and is even important than ever as a lesson in being true to yourself and your beliefs whatever they may be Torpedo Run the human race His hilarious descriptions of encounters with parents friends employers soldiers and sailors and Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God: (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X) the law reveal The Third Parent the strength and humor of an honest man determined The Girls in the Picture to face Çanlar Kimin İçin Çalıyor the world with His Boy Next Door: Season Three the uncensored unapologetic Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat truth about himse. An amazing look into a bygone era and into one of Gron's Fated the personages The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America that began laying The Mortal Word the fundamental brickwork Harbor Me to change society as it was known foreverThough The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert to be fair let it be said Teach Yourself Arabic that uentin Crisp The Last Queen of Sheba though he paints himself in a primarily positive light was NOT The Last Queen of Sheba the nicest or most likable of people and yet even Not Your Nest! though he claims Global Forensic Cultures: Making Fact and Justice in the Modern Era to effectively Not give a damn about people's opinions it's still hard not Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing: How to Harness AI and Maintain the Competitive Edge to The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent truly empathize with him and his plightIt's difficult Cracking The Code: My Journey To Bollywood to imagine Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Essential Guide—How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater the courage it Black Reign Saga took Captured by the Alien Savage to live openly as a gay man back in Bayou Bad Boys the 30's 40's and 50's and Bayou Bad Boys the Just the Way You Are toll it must have The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century taken As a 40 something gay man I can remember how difficult it was Our Gandhi: Child of Fear to Man of Freedom to come out in Driven To Murder the pre Will Grace 1980'sAnd yet even in Driven To Murder this comparatively enlighted age of Beg for Mercy the Internet and Caitlin Jenner it's STILL hard for many people Jack-in-the-Box to find Wojna polsko-jaruzelska: stan wojenny w Polsce 13 XII 1981-22 VII 1983 the courage Waiting For a Girl Like You (Drawn to the Rhythm, to speak out and identify Waiting For a Girl Like You themselvesWhich is why The Chemistry Redemption this book resonates still Hit and Run (Blue Sox, Book 3) to I Was Your Fool this day and is even important The Loved Dead And Other Tales than ever as a lesson in being One September Morning true Ladyhawke to yourself and your beliefs whatever Killer's Law they may be


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  1. says:

    There are many people famous for doing nothing or very little who command high salaries for their appearances Some have done nothing at all like the entire money and fame mad Kardashian family but in this time of recession they are definitely doing their bit to keep the cosmetics industry afloat some are going to exploit their name and connections like the Prince Harry and Megan Markle Some have done just a little but their train wreck life style continues to fascinate like Lindsey Lohan and Miley Cyrus When interviewed they fall flat they have nothing to say that hasn't been scripted they have no personalities and no ambitions other than to be famous rich beautiful and young forever and ever Such is their empty philosophy What they do all have in common is spin doctors PR companies paid to tirelessly promote these nonenties as products they can make a percentage fromuentin Crisp had done absolutely nothing at all other than being a naked life class model to deserve fame but the force of his personality and his immense moral values brought him fame on the stage in print and on film It takes a huge personality to have done nothing and achieve all that No publicity machine for himWhat he had done is what we would all love to do but don't have the courage He lived his life exactly as he wanted to making concessions only where he had to and then was totally honest about what he had done and why He hid nothing not even the sleazy times of prostitution or worse perhaps He didn't even hide his filthy ways he rarely washed and never ever cleaned his house He did say it didn't get any worse after the first four years but later he said he'd been wrong and in fact it did In real life and on the stage he was just himself he spoke from his heart and not from a script The script that John Hurt followed when playing uentin Crisp in two films had been approved by him No script but he did have an agendaHe had been charged with importuning in the street He wasn't guilty that time but was the victim of some nasty homophobic policemen's stitch up His defence was magnificent He laid his entire life on the line and was acuitted by a judge who had started out not just unsympathetic but actively despising this ageing ueer with makeup and pastel coloured hair uentin Crisp's message to the court was that morals have nothing to do with the law if you haven't broken the law you are innocent no matter how you want to live your life Find your own moral compass and be true to it Help others be true to theirsThe world was less colourful less moral and less witty the day uentin Crisp passed away Read his book AND see the films to see this man and admire his strength personality and rather witty gay turn of phrase


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    My father hated me chiefly because I was revolting but also because I was expensiveDates are important ask any camel uentin Crisp was born in 1908 This funny and truly outrageous autobiography was published in 1968 uentin was the Oscar of his day and this book is stuffed with Wildeish observations – I did not know that a reputation for wit is earned not for making jokes but by laughing at the pleasantries of othersOr – here he is recalling a conversation from the 1930s between a landlord and a tenant Landlord I want you all to know that there is a coal black Negro living at the top of the houseLodger Oh dear And there’s no lock on my doorLandlord In that case Mrs Thomas you will have to think of some other method of preventing his escapeSeven years later John Hurt was cast as uentin himself in a great tv adaptation of this book and suddenly uentin was famous at the age of pushing 70 After that he toured in a one man show and I saw him in the 1980s at Nottingham Playhouseuentin is for modern readers a hideously awkward case I wanted to reread this book to remind myself I think many modern readers of all and any sexual orientation including cis sies like myself might simply explode before they get to page 100 And this is all about the evolution of attitudes uentin knew he was gay from a very young age He was determined never to hide the fact from anyone I became not merely a self confessed homosexual but a self evident one That is to say I put my case not only before the people who knew me but also before strangers This was not difficult to do I wore make up at a time when even on women eye shadow was sinful Many a young girl in those days had to leave home and go on the streets simply in order to wear nail varnish Blind with mascara and dumb with lipstick I paraded the dim streets of PimlicoIn those days – we are talking about the 1920s here One hundred years ago So there was the young uentin dyeing his long hair flaming red painting his nails plucking his eyebrows slapping on the slap and getting – naturally – beaten up for it on a regular basis as well as getting barred from pubs clubs and any outpost of polite society You might then figure him for a brave decades early lone warrior for gay liberation – except you have to put up with such comments as I regarded all heterosexuals however low as superior to any homosexual however noble Well I think this is him in 1968 saying how viciously homophobia was internalised in the 1920s and 30s It’s a rather challenging way of saying it thoughHis gay friends were not happy with his in your face style They were angry with me for presenting to the world by whose good opinion they set great store a brand image of homosexuality that was outrageously effeminate An American actor expressed to me the view that obviously gay boys were “spoiling it for the rest” I was dumbfounded by this remark It was as though he had said that consumptives who coughed ruined for others all the fun of tuberculosisYes underneath all the flaunting uentin thinks being gay was some kind of curse He wouldn’t have voted for it given the choice But he saw that he had no choice So you may say he was very enlightened in some ways and really not in others Well as Osgood Fielding says in Some Like It Hot nobody’s perfectHere’s another interesting uote I was over thirty before for the first time I heard someone say that he did not think of himself as masculine or feminine but merely as a person attracted to other persons with male sexual organs A confession of this nature would still bewilder and perhaps anger some of my homosexual friendsThis early sighting of gender fluidity gains uentin’s approval as you see but it’s not long before some of his other less benign opinions pop up like a surprisingly vicious plastic duck in a bathtub What a bookRecommended to all


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    Sting Gordon Sumner dedicated his song Englishman in New York 1987 to Crisp He had remarked jokingly that he looked forward to receiving his naturalisation papers so that he could commit a crime and not be deported In late 1986 Sting visited Crisp in his apartment and was told over dinner – and the next three days – what life had been like for a homosexual man in the largely homophobic Great Britain of the 1920s to the 1960s Sting was both shocked and fascinated and decided to write the song It includes the linesIt takes a man to suffer ignorance and smileBe yourself no matter what they saySting says Well it's partly about me and partly about uentin Again I was looking for a metaphor uentin is a hero of mine someone I know very well He is gay and he was gay at a time in history when it was dangerous to be so He had people beating up on him on a daily basis largely with the consent of the publicLink There's an anecdote in this charming and astringent memoir that epitomizes THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT for me in the 1930s uentin Crisp name at birth Denis Charles Pratt worked in an office and was sent to buy a pair of scissors for that office Instead of going to Woolworth's and picking up a cheap pair for sixpence about fifteen cents US then; perhaps a buck or two today he went to a good stationer's and spent two shillings sixpence for a nice pair five times what the Woolie's model cost The assistant to whom he brought the scissors was aghast at the high price until Crisp facetiously suggested calling the new acuisition paper shears rather than scissors THAT made the purchase okay to Crisp's surprise and chagrin uentin Crisp just wasn't constructed to live in straight society and sexuality only sometimes had anything to do with it He did decide as a young man to brazen it out and live as an effeminate gay man on the theory that he would never pass for straight He took the lumps physical and metaphorical associated with such out ness but he had a lot of fun too just being himself Gay or straight the reader who wants a witty vastly well written and insightful memoir from Interwar England 1919 1939 will be well rewarded


  4. says:

    Reading this book makes me happy and sad at the same time which feels a bit like how I imagine mixing uppers and downers must discombobulated and a bit illIn other words I'm really enjoying itSo far I'd recommend this to anyone though I have to warn those who are afraid of homosexuals that they will probably be unable to sleep for weeks after reading this book So if you are one of the many people frightened by homosexuals I'd only recommend it if you are also a fan of terror I wish Mr Crisp had been writing advice columns for Seventeen magazine when I was growing up He might have saved me some investigation and trouble later on There is no great dark man Even under an exterior as rugged as a mountain range there lurks the same wounded wincing psyche that cripples the rest of us Where we are led to think we will find strength we shall discover force; where we hope for ruthlessness we shall unearth spite; and when we think we are clinging desperately to a rock it is falling upon us Even with a man whose neck is thicker than his head if we are not careful we shall be involved in an argument about who most loves whom The trouble is that if you find by mistake you have bitten into a soft center you can't very well put it back in the box p 141At the risk of sounding than mildly brain damaged I'll make the suprising statement here that uentin Crisp displays a striking amount of insight into the topic of gender roles Wow This book didn't end at all the way I'd expectedNot to get all corny but this is a brave book It was really sad but as suggested above an often amusing pleasure I don't read much memoir so I'm not sure which ualities were specific to the book and which are characteristic of the genre but at any rate I do recommend this It really gets astutely into some very rare stuff about the experience of being human which at the end of the day is pretty much all I'm after when I open any book


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    uentin Crisp is a delightful smart and engaging man and his book is an entertaining funny as well as tragic insight into what it was like to be flamboyantly gay in the early part of the twentieth century It's a fabulous story of a very brave man who stuck by his ideals and refused to be anything but who he was I was very fortunate to meet the man while in college He came to Seattle for a book signing and took the time to meet with the GBLT Alliance at the University of Washington of which I was co chair It was such an honor and privilege to meet and dine with him He spent the whole time asking us about our lives When we got him to talk about himself he was humble polite self effacing and very funny His book is the same way


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    Only a lifetime of receiving the confidences of unhappily married middle aged women brought me to the realization that in time even for heterosexuals sex is reduced to an indoor sport This was consoling It is nice to be in the same boat as one's betters especially if it is sinkingHe was the person that lashes what they are afraid you are thinking Before you get the chance they will wield the martyr and the whiplash is from turning their neck too fast to get the full effect Because he freuently puts down his own prose style I can't say that he's the poor girl's Stephen Fry or the destitute girl's Oscar Wilde Crisp says health is having the same disease as your neighbors That's like when cool is pretending with someone like you But what about when no one is watching? He's so makeup such red hair oh those twisting hips Coarse hookups whisper that he wiggles his fanny like a woman The homosexual clubs don't want him The streets don't want him and only the streets will have him I kept thinking about that part in Charles Bukowski's Ham on Rye The pimply awkward kid drowning to make it hates the boy worse off than himself Sore thumb boy doesn't try only hides behind Chuck He cuts the piggy in the middle and doesn't stick out for him with the institutionalized thugs any uentin Crisp is that boy It's awful to read about their fat fists beating his purple into a pulp I don't believe he who doesn't like homosexuals was adopting their space signs as a CAUSE He wanted someone to protect him The great dark man with strong arms to encircle him in the dark I suspected it was all shit That he was going to confront anyone else What HE wanted was someone unimpeachable to HIM to make him feel better about him I don't know about his convictions that homosexuality was a mental illness Shit swimming in glass jars with Crisp's grand ideas about homosexuality Normal straight world versus the servile dilettantes Fake women men as women puppet strings making you a not real boy girl He says that he has never been loved and never in love He says that women and men clash in personalities passions Men force their way to body I guess if he had ever been in love he would have broken up when it settled and live went on in that awful my love life is supposed to fill every void uentin Crisp is deeply irritating a lot of this Outside too His older man revelations that good manners will get you what you want How about seeing people as something besides what you want from them? He will admit that he's the most self righteous tool in the box and still try to pretend he scammed restaurants out of free meals every day for ages because his roommate had the idea He says that if people saw him as a contributing member to society instead of a thief it would make a difference for homosexual image in England He still opines his misfortune in life once he's left home and no one is taking care of him any longer He likely would have been well off if he had ever found a boyfriend to dark horse his life But there is chump change in alley ways with men who go home to their wives and mothers It was his many con artist schemes that interested me about The Naked Civil Servant The student he teaches tap dance by learning a move ahead of her Mervyn Peake illustrated his first book because he told Peake it was to be published His book was published because he told them Peake was the illustrator He put himself in the situation by tarting up and then maybe he was spiting his self hating by slithering out of it I just wanted him to be who he really was and not pretend it was for anyone else When he's in legal trouble or getting out of the army on cause of sexual perversions But he could die as well as anyone else? Not witty uentin fake as shit Why was he really in that army office attempting to sign up? What is the use of an autobiography that short changes on this stuff? What was the use of confronting people with the real him? He never says what he wanted to happen to change for homosexuals The freak show tactic he took because he believed they were was so wrong but mostly I'm at at a loss because this is the kind of lying that drags you down If you got him when they've beaten him up before a story has time to reinforce I suspect the true uentin Crisp love story is that he was an ugly man He'd be related to those who don't feature in their own fantasies If he's not telling the story He had hands that didn't leave him alone in rock bottom I don't have any answers about why their unreach to heaven wasn't enough I don't have answers about loneliness that has nothing to do with anyone else I suspect Crisp knew about it but didn't have any either He'd get closer to it if no one was watching him Attention was not a good thing to happen to himI liked how he made some allusion to a silent film and the 1970s tv film ran with it His too uentin Crisp to be a real person one liners are turned into silent film dialogue cards That was great like he thought he had to be over the top in a deaf world John Hurt gave him a layer of self awareness that the memoirness of this didn't have It's good to have both the living too long with your own myth of A Naked Civil Servant the book and the martyr Crisp of the movie I don't know if I believe him in the book when he says that he didn't give his friends enough He's now fifty and his seventy year old Czech friend has made their only relationship he still has he's in a mental institution and Crisp still visits him into a sexual one The johns he passively aggressively attempts to turn away by lack of enthusiasm alone The dullest tool in the box he lets live with him when he has nowhere else to go Crisp in the book knows he makes him his slave because he never could with the rest of the world Movie Crisp just lies there Book Crisp is limp The only sex he has is purchased or forced on him by not saying no Sex is everything for lack of felt sex is impotent I've heard that about how Crisp was the elder statesmen of homosexuals in England before In the end of the film the aged Crisp is confronted by the they got younger hooligans He gives them that line I guess it was supposed to mean something that he doesn't keep his mind on his step and his eye on nothing Yeah I don't know that exists There is no such thing as control of a world that allows you to age gracefully Men at work get so bent out of shape with rage that old women at work don't make their dicks hard I can't deal with this It's like pulling together parts of the world that isn't like that


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    “When the telegram announcing my father’s death arrived I felt nothing except irritation at the thought of having to go home attend the funeral and come back”uentin Crisp is not a likeable human being About one uarter way into this book I was tempted to throw it aside for good But given its generally favorable reviews I felt I should give it another chance And a peculiar thing happened Although Crisp does nothing to present himself in a favorable light – if anything he goes out of his way to make the point that the reader’s approval matters nothing to him – by the two third mark one cannot help but develop a grudging admiration for the manIt’s hard to know why this happens – perhaps just a case of sympathy for the underdog Crisp was born in a time when homosexuality really was the love that dare not speak its name and made his mark by never obliging those who would have him live life in a shadow instead choosing to flaunt his difference This book is an account of the price exacted While the reader may be moved toward a grudging admiration for Crisp’s refusal to be ground down by the prejudice and cruelty surrounding him it’s impossible to feel any real sympathy for the man Because ultimately this is the autobiography of a narcissist Reviews of this book invariably mention its wit and brilliant self mockery ualities I found singularly absent Given a 200 page book in which no other character appears as remotely human as anything other than a sketch or cipher and in which the author admits to never having loved or been loved the final effect of this strangely empty memoir is bleak indeed I feel a certain admiration for uentin Crisp But I can’t say that I enjoyed spending time in his company


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    I first became aware of Crisp from his appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in the days of my tender youth the 1970s and 1980s I found this old flamboyant colorfully dressed and mascara and rouge laden British ueen and his tales to be mesmerizing Then I read his autobiography The Naked Civil Servant which proved that he was uite a bold subversive in his day; he chose to live out and outrageously so in a time 1930s '40s and '50s when it was extremely dangerous to be yourself You've got to admire his courage to make a stand instead of playing it safe I later saw the film version too well cast with John Hurt playing Crisp But the book is the real one to grab Crisp reminded a staid British public of realities they preferred to sweep under the rug but he wouldn't let them Crisp was not a great man in the traditional sense; he didn't make much money lived in poverty most of his life or invent anything and he could be cantankerous petty and bitchy Even his autobiographical writing is at best competent The important point is that he lived a very interesting life and dared to live it his way This is fascinating stuff


  9. says:

    An amazing look into a bygone era and into one of the personages that began laying the fundamental brickwork to change society as it was known foreverThough to be fair let it be said that uentin Crisp though he paints himself in a primarily positive light was NOT the nicest or most likable of people and yet even though he claims to effectively Not give a damn about people's opinions it's still hard not to truly empathize with him and his plightIt's difficult to imagine the courage it took to live openly as a gay man back in the 30's 40's and 50's and the toll it must have taken As a 40 something gay man I can remember how difficult it was to come out in the pre Will Grace 1980'sAnd yet even in this comparatively enlighted age of the Internet and Caitlin Jenner it's STILL hard for many people to find the courage to speak out and identify themselvesWhich is why this book resonates still to this day and is even important than ever as a lesson in being true to yourself and your beliefs whatever they may be


  10. says:

    Pretty funny and one to add to anyone’s London Soho collection Firstly he’s pretty admirable for his sheer resilience and not give a fuckery and his whole late in life success is in itself a charming story something he’d no doubt call ‘Rags to Bitches’ or suchlike He’s also very honest never claiming to have much in the way of talent though he has far than he gives himself credit for and can write very well There are many funny lines What is intriguing is that while one assumes this is confessional it’s still overwhelmingly façade someone whose life is devoted to performance probably wouldn’t do it any other way So if anyone hoped to get to the heart of the man they won't find it here Everything is show down to the confessions When he says things like he ‘never loved anyone’ or that he and his lover gave up sex one day at the drop of a hat in some pithy one line flourish I find myself not believing the raconteur It’s all in the cause of anecdote and a decent pun really Likewise claims like intentionally wearing shoes many sizes too small really C? Would you really? Maybe The punning and epigram speak Crisperanto itself is integral to the book and works superbly He’d be amazingly easy to parody His turn of phrase very attention seeking and melodramatic speaker as star – now sounds very eighties pop star to me Lines like to misuote ‘I wanted to have my cake but not eat it’ and ‘people always buy books about things they already know’ you can hear Morrissey in them and Boy George especially the latter’s ‘I’d rather have a nice cup of tea than have sex’ There’s some truth buried in some of them though I did start agreeing when we learn that later on even uentin’s audience get tired of hearing his lines I have met a fair few people like this in my life Some good glimpses of social history here too The police pre Repeal what a bunch of thugs I still think we need a sort of Apartheid Museum for the treatment of gay men and women with exhibits to the present day uentin laughs it off and isn’t a campaigner but he’s hard hearted on that one Lastly I love the fact that his real name was Denis Pratt