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Date: Dec 3 8:14 PM, 2019
RE: What are your favourite etc. extracts from WG's autobiography ?
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I think the word "Private" in the title tells us that he will not reveal all of himself.  I'm happy with amusing anecdotes especially about his family and his worldly travels and insights into his writing.  Too often when I like an author or actor or singer, learning too much about their "sins" taints my enjoyment of their work.



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Date: Dec 3 5:27 PM, 2019
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I am currently re-reading WG's Memoirs with not much enthusiasm. It seems to me that there is probably a lot of interesting material which does not appear in the memoirs. Indeed, Winston himself says in the preface that there was a comment, from an old friend, that his depiction of his life was "a little too exemplary" to attract attention these days." This friend went on to suggest that Winston "must surely have committed some sins". 

One thing that I do find annoying, unless it is intended as a joke, is the reference to Winston Churchill as "the famous Socialist". I cannot believe that he was serious about this. 

I hope that when I get a bit further into the book I shall find something more positive to post.



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Date: Dec 2 8:49 PM, 2019
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It's been some time since I read Memoirs, but two stories left a lasting impression.  First, WG's description of his writing process during the early Poldark novels. He'd leave home in the morning and walk to a cottage near the sea that he rented for writing. There, in the empty cottage, he said his characters would come alive and often dictate their stories to him, sometimes taking over and changing the narrative. This anecdote is so believable because his characters certainly walk off the pages.

The second is more a memorable extract rather than a favorite one. During one of their trips abroad, his wife suffered a severe stroke one night. They were far from any medical facility and had to wait until morning to seek help.  Jean must have suffered a great deal during that long night, but what I remember most is WG's description of her bravery and determination.     



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Date: Dec 1 11:47 AM, 2019
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Yes I always enjoyed those things as well often wondering too how much of Jean his wife was reflected in Demelza.

Overall however I think how many of his own activities appeared in some form or another in the books. But I think one of the funniest is when Garrick used to go off on his own somewhere with unknown people ringing up from miles away asking if someone could come and collect him before he wrecked something else, especially his passionate dislike of two stroke motorbikes including the local policeman's one !



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Date: Dec 1 5:28 AM, 2019
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Offhand, I loved learning of WG's great fondness for bathing in the ocean and giving that love to the Poldarks, especially Demelza.  Also, his love of flowers and gardening which he also gave to Demelza.  Will have to have a quick re-read of his Memoirs.



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Date: Nov 28 9:27 AM, 2019
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What are your favourite, most interesting or revealing etc. extracts from WG's autobiography....?



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