- Publication Date:
- 05 August 2004
- Literary Essays
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Latin! or Tobacco and Boys.(originally published in Tatler)Twenty-six-year-old Hampshire prep school master Dominic Clarke is a droll caricature. He is smitten with thirteen-year-old Rupert Cartwright of Lower 6b: ‘A shining sun, whose very smile ripens fruit and opens petals.’ Clarke’s lessons are a tour de force of sexual innuendo: ‘Boys who rub me up the wrong way, Elwyn-Jones, come to a sticky end.’
A varied collection of work from Stephen Fry containing mostly articles from radio/magazines, along with a short play and even a piece of Sherlock Holmes fan fiction! Due to the variety of material it is inherently a hit and miss affair depending on the reader's individual tastes. One of my favourite sections was the collection of columns written for The Telegraph in the 80s/90s. Despite being around 20 years old, these were eerily relevant with talk of war in Iraq (the first Gulf War), the economic recession and the conflict between fundamentalist religion/spiritualism and rationalism. All of these are, of course, tackled by Stephen's trademark wit and humour. So, whatever your tastes, Paperweight should make an excellent addition to any Fryphile's collection.
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