Loitering with Intent: The Child

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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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Overview

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''
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In this memoir, the renowned actor provides a vivid narrative of his life. Beginning with childhood in wartime England, O'Toole reveals how the war had immense impact on his life, of making his way to London to live the life of a "scholar Bohemian," his short-lived career as a cub reporter, and of auditioning at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art almost by accident.The well-loved actor shows himself to be an intriguing writer as well, displaying the wit and originality he's noted for in his acting roles. Black and white photos. "Peter O'Toole comes running all the way in this vivid, bubbly torrent of a book. And not just running but leaping, bounding, fists flailing and bloodied knees flying as he recreates his wartime childhood...A triumph!--Literary Review.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786881963
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    The rogue can write!

    I received this book as a gift, and, with some hesitancy, I open the cover and began to read. I was, from the first page, I was astonished and engrossed by Mr. O'Toole's anecdotal wit and charm (so readily apparent on screen). With just the right touch of ego, blended with a canny sense of self-deprication, he brought life to the words and to the stories. His stories of growing up in an England under constant threat from the 3rd Reich, his schooling (attacking a teacher with a vial of ink), church life ('We will be true to-deedle-death'), his foray into the world of the theater, and his tales of mishap (getting caught in an elevator stands out as one of the most amusing), Mr. O'Toole paints the portait of his history in strokes sometimes elegant, sometimes baudy, but always entertaining and delightful. You'll be hardpressed to ignore this work if you're any kind of fan of Peter.

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