A Short Walk from Harrods is the sixth volume of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography. In it, he pays tribute to the corner of Provence that was his home for over two decades, analyzes his sense of loss at 67 after the death of his life partner, and discusses coming to terms with living alone in London.
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Local Government Officer, listens to audiobooks whilst commuting, loves Biographies of quintessentially English eccentrics.
Dirk writes beautifully and his delivery is faultless. His beautiful "cut glass" English accent and the warm tones of his fluent French are a joy to hear. The book focusses upon his 20 plus years living an idyllic life in the south of France, his disdain for fame and its trappings and the touching illness and eventual death of his long term companion. I found the book to be transporting, funny and very moving. My only slight criticism is the way the book tends to jump about a bit, but I enjoyed every second of it and I wasn't ready for it the book to end.
This is the last of (I think) seven volumes of autobiography, written by the late Dirk Bogarde and this edition, narrated by the author, is a sweetly nostalgic account of his years in Provence at Le Pigonnier, where he lived with his partner (or euphemistically named 'manager') Tony Forewood, before illness and infirmity forced their return to England.
Bogarde's presence as an actor was always commanding and his beautiful voice makes this a very enjoyable and satisfying listen. His writing is precise and atmospheric and the descriptions of the Provencal countryside and the characters who live there are delightful. The deep love he felt for 'Tote' is made delicately but deeply obvious and the account of the death of his partner from cancer is handled with great sensitivity. I was totally captivated by this book and will listen to it many times with pleasure. I'm only sorry that DB only seems to have made one recording, but I do recommend you read the other volumes in print. They chronicle an extraordinary life, a distinguished acting career and a gentler time with outstanding literary talent and astonishing artistry.
If you buy any of Dirk Bogarde's books, it has to be the one! Easily the best audio book I've listened to. So poignant. Sad, joyful,loving, occasionally funny and definitely moving. Written and read by the author so every subtle nuance is captured by the actors voice.His character studios are brilliant. He brings the hills and characters of Provence and the streets of london lovingly to life. Treat yourself.
This is probably the best audio book that I have ever listened to. It is very funny in some parts, and incredibly sad in others, if you like Provence it is a must have. Bogarde takes the listener right into the hills behind Cannes, you can almost feel the heat! He paints a picture of the region that will stay with you forever. I won't spoil the experience by telling you more, but I strongly recommend it.
I really enjoyed this, so beautifully read by the author himself, and giving such a wonderful insight into his life. His description of life in rural France was just enchanting and the slow and inexorable decline in his and Forwood's health is terribly sad.
Read by the Author himself, the book gives fascinating insight in to his life. Descriptions of place and personal relationships so perfectly portrayed it has to read over and over again. My favourite actor is also a brilliant author.
Clearly the story is simply one of love and loss well described - The thoughts and feelings of a private "gay" man stuck back in a time of pre-1967 self preservation. He ensures he stays aloof whilst describing the loss of his 40 + year long life partner in a sensitive yet cloaked way. Wonderful voice for narration, and as he famously said in an interview - the truth is all there if you look for it
Part fact part fiction, this is an unabridged overview of the last 30 years of Bogarde's life. He was, and remains, inscrutible. One never knows what is fact and what is fiction. One Hopes others in this series shall be released.
I felt as though I was sitting in a comfortable room sipping on a gin and tonic listening to Dirk telling me about his everyday and very extraordinary life.
Alec Guinness "Blessings In Disguies" for the insight into a very interesting life
His narrative and passion
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