worryingly entertaining A good place to start exploring the Clive James story. The humour level is kept consistently high throughout although this first volume ends before we have much of a chance to discover how Clive, the juvenile builder of muddy tunnels in suburban Sydney, becomes or grows into the highly literate and multi-talented Clive that we know from the start of the 1970’s onwards. To be honest I’ve always preferred his pop song lyrics (with Pete Atkins orchestration) to his stand alone poetry but…
Not for everyone – for instance perhaps some more technical types like me I just about finished reading it – I was still contemplating not bothering at 90% read.There are some very funny bits – but not enough. Other bits ranged from quite funny, to testing on keeping my attention.There are too many literature references to which I’m not familiar my education and experience being more technical, and in fact some of the vocabulary seemed unnecessarily unusual. I found some of the literary high-brow stuff quite irritating.I recognise…
Honest beautifully written memoir. While reading this memoir I could hear the voice of the young Clive James. I often found myself not really liking the man, but he has said he wasn’t a particularly nice younger man. The stories he tells are unreliable because all of our memories are unreliable, unless we keep a diary details change or get lost. I have spent quite a lot of time in the area he grew up in so it was interesting to read how Sydney changed from the unsophisticated city of his youth that he and many others were so…
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