Loitering with Intent: The Child

Loitering with Intent: The Child

by Peter O'Toole
     
 

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Seldom have critics so raved about a film star's memoirs, or have fans been so delighted by such infectious energy and ebullient storytelling panache. Loitering with Intent: The Child captivates readers with O'Toole's rakish wit and shining eccentricity, recounting the story of his weird, wacky, wild, and wonderful early life. Photos.See more details below

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Seldom have critics so raved about a film star's memoirs, or have fans been so delighted by such infectious energy and ebullient storytelling panache. Loitering with Intent: The Child captivates readers with O'Toole's rakish wit and shining eccentricity, recounting the story of his weird, wacky, wild, and wonderful early life. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The star of Lawrence of Arabia , Beckett and other films, O'Toole here offers a rambling narrative of his upbringing in northern England during the '30s and '40s. There are some entertaining anecdotes: O'Toole's auditions at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he charmed the Academy's director before he knew who the man was, or that the organization gave acting classes; his travels and bohemian adventures with friend O'Liver (sic); the peripatetic life of his father, a bookie, and his shady friends. Unfortunately, O'Toole's sentences run on, his narrative jumps confusingly in time and he uses slang and earthy metaphors to excess. The strangest part of the book is the many pages devoted to Adolf Hitler, about whom O'Toole writes with sloppy familiarity: ``The dictates of Providence had Hitler clearly murmuring that his opponents all were little worms and, abstractedly perhaps, thinking of Danzig and Poland, he took his sheet of paper that Neville Chamberlain had signed and wiped his fearful arse on it.'' Reading this memoir is like sitting at a bar with a chatty drunk whose nearly incoherent monologue contains a few lucid, wonderful moments. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr)
Library Journal
Caveat emptor: this is only the first volume of the Irish actor's memoirs, covering roughly the opening 20 years of his life. Once you accept the fact that there will be no stories about the making of Lawrence of Arabia or O'Toole's many other wonderful films, you can revel in his colorful writing: e.g., ``It was smashing to be back among the throng of gamesters, gee-gees, jockeys, bookies.'' Among the aforementioned ``throng'' was the author's roguish father, Captain Pat. The other major figure in these pages is Adolf Hitler; Peter was 7 when World War II broke out, and he's obviously still obsessed with the imprint the German dictator left on the world. Entertaining stuff, but recommended only for larger collections.-- Thomas Wiener, formerly with ``American Film''
Brad Hooper
One of the most esteemed actors of our time is a feisty son-of-a-gun, much like the character he played in the marvelous 1982 movie "My Favorite Year". It's obvious he's penned this first volume of his memoirs himself--his puckishness and eloquence ring from every page. "Bliss was it in those days to be a child eight feet high in the air, happily with his Daddy, and, as was our gorgeous custom, heading for the Moo Cow milk bar," O'Toole says at the outset, and throughout these remembrance he recalls not only the events but the tastes and atmospheres and emotions that colored his early years. Of Irish extraction, English raised, O'Toole was a boy during World War II, and what that event did in terms of robbing young Peter of a normal childhood is one of the most effective recollections of this entirely delicious autobiography, which extends to when the young actor was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He plays loose with chronology but, nonetheless, this is a splendidly poetic evocation of one man's learning about life and about himself, all wrapped in a wry sense of humor. Expect demand for this exceptionally literate star memoir.

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ISBN-13:
9781856950510
Publisher:
ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Pages:
237

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