Review: My Name Escapes MeThe Diary of a Retiring Actor

Alec Guinness (1996)

When I happened upon this little book in the library, I checked it out not so much as a fan of the actor, but as a reader who enjoys books made up of diary entries and correspondence. This is no name-dropping, tell-all celebrity book but rather a very British gem composed by a man who has lived a long time and has something to say about it. Written over the course of a year and a half, Sir Alec spends a quiet life in the country, traveling to London for art exhibits and meals with friends, musing over world events, and pondering his growing old and a career which he acknowledges has reached its end. For those who enjoy this book, Guinness has just released another journal installment called A Positively Final Appearance.


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