Non-Fiction of Gay Interest
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"Snakes and Ladders is the sequel to Dirk Bogarde's outstanding volume of autobiography, A Postillion Struck by Lightning. With the same skill and humour he continues his story, from the army training camp at Catterick to the greatest challenge of his film career, the role of Von Aschenbach in Death in Venice.
"There are many highlights in this second volume; the moving account of his partnership with Judy Garland; the struggle that he and Losey had to make The Servant; the agonies of playing Liszt in Hollywood; the demands and rewards of working with Visconti. It is a book rich in detail, incident and character, by a man whose many talents include a rare gift for writing."
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Background / Biography:
Sir Dirk Bogarde (28 March 1921 – 8 May 1999) was a British actor and novelist. Continued on Wikipedia
"An adroit mixture of anecdote, character sketch and self-analysis ... witty and accomplished memoirs" New Statesman
"A work of art from a gifted writer ... vivid, acute, sensitive, intelligent and amusing" Sunday Express
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"Back in the Lana Turner Suite with its squashed porridge carpet, Forwood steadily played through the entire foot-high pile of records required for the film, while I sprawled, numb with misery and full of Hennessy and self-pity, half in and half out of one of the porridge tweed armchairs, staring hopelessly at the splintered woodwork of the unmended lintel. After an hour and a half of sonorous organs, crashing cymbals and a run-amok piano, I slid into a heap on the floor and begged most earnestly to be carried to the next flight for London."
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