Loitering With Intent

Loitering With Intent

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Baker & Taylor
The popular actor describes his youth in northern England, his father, his mother, the difficulty of a wartime childhood, the impression of the war, his education, and his introduction to drama. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
One of stage and screen's most charismatic, best-loved actors demonstrates in Loitering with Intent that he is also a splendidly gifted writer whose prose sparkles with the same passion, wit, and intensity that characterize his best performances.
"Up on my old Pop's shoulders when my age was five or so and the world was young. My legs about his neck and dangling down his nattily suited chest, my ankles in his fists, my hands gripping the rim of his billycock bowler hat, and we stalked on..." Pop was Captain Pat O'Toole, itinerant bookie, one of the three people who definitively influenced the young Peter. The other two were his mother, Constance Jane Ferguson, of the quick eyes and wavy black hair, and Adolf Hitler, whose onscreen image created in the boy an early and intense interest that only deepened as he discovered that in wartime England he would have no childhood: "I went straight from infancy to youth. Childhood meant war, barbed wire, and sandbags."
Despite the unhappiness of the war years, the overall impression left by this "vivid, bubbly torrent of a book" (Literary Review) is one of the ebullience and rakish charm of the young man who makes his way to London to live the life of a "scholar Bohemian" and auditions at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art almost by accident. A recitation of Professor Higgins's speech to Eliza Doolittle in the second act of Shaw's Pygmalion launches his career.
The infectious energy and storytelling panache exhibited on these pages capture brilliantly the sheer joyful abandon of a life always lived to the full.

& Taylor

The popular actor describes his youth in northern England, the difficulty of a wartime childhood, his education, and his adventures as a young man on the loose in London

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [1992-]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1992-
ISBN: 9781562828233
Branch Call Number: 792.092 OTOOL
Characteristics: volumes <1 > : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes: Library has: volume 1


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Jan 04, 2014

Whimsical, funny, erudite, not overly chronological, interspersed with the life of Hitler whose actions obviously left a big impact on the author's life. At times it felt more like a ride than a story! It was refreshing knowing it wasn't written by a ghost writer as it clearly showcased the voice of the actor I have heard many times speaking about himself on shows. Hard to pin down on details but captures the essence of this wonderfully clever and witty man.

Apr 08, 2010

This is a fun and fantastic read. Peter O'Toole is as engaging on the page as he is on screen. He intertwines the story of his own childhood with that of Adolf Hitler in a very interesting combination.


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