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Alec Guinness (1914–2000)

Author of My Name Escapes Me

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Lawrence of Arabia [1962 film] (1962) — Actor — 642 copies
Return of the Jedi [1983 film] (1983) — Actor — 614 copies
Star Wars [1977 film] (1977) — Actor — 597 copies
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 548 copies
The Empire Strikes Back [1980 film] (1980) — Actor — 433 copies
The Bridge on the River Kwai [1957 film] (1957) — Actor — 367 copies
Doctor Zhivago [1965 film] (1965) — Actor — 336 copies
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [1979 TV mini-series] (1979) — Actor — 141 copies
Kind Hearts and Coronets [1949 film] (1949) — Actor — 136 copies
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Contributor — 133 copies
Murder by Death [1976 film] (1976) — Actor — 116 copies
Scrooge [1970 film] (1970) — Actor — 111 copies
A Passage to India [1984 film] (1984) — Actor — 105 copies
The Ladykillers [1955 film] (1955) — actor — 93 copies
Smiley's People [1982 TV mini series] (1982) — Actor — 87 copies
The Lavender Hill Mob [1951 film] (1951) — Actor — 78 copies
Great Expectations [1946 film] (1946) — Actor — 77 copies
The Fall of the Roman Empire [1964 film] (1964) — Actor — 66 copies
Our Man in Havana [1959 film] (1959) — Actor — 59 copies
Oliver Twist [1948 film] (1948) — Actor — 51 copies
The Man in the White Suit [1951 film] (1951) — Actor — 49 copies
Cromwell [1970 film] (1970) 43 copies
A Handful of Dust [1988 film] (1988) — Actor — 43 copies
Tunes of Glory [1960 film] (1960) — Actor — 25 copies
The Quiller Memorandum [1966 film] (1966) — Actor — 21 copies
The Prisoner [1955 film] (1955) — Actor — 20 copies
Little Lord Fauntleroy [1980 TV movie] (1980) — Actor — 13 copies
Malta Story [1953 film] (1953) — Actor — 13 copies
The Comedians [1967 film] (1967) — Actor — 12 copies
A Foreign Field [1993 film] (2005) 10 copies
Lovesick [1983 film] (1983) — Actor — 10 copies
Last Holiday [1950 film] (1950) — Actor — 10 copies
Little Dorrit [1987 film] (2007) 9 copies
Damn the Defiant! [1962 film] (1962) — Actor — 9 copies
Raise the Titanic [1980 film] (1980) — Actor — 8 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 26 (1945) — Contributor — 8 copies
A Majority of One [1961 film] (2011) — Actor — 7 copies
Twelfth Night [1969 film] (1969) — Actor — 7 copies
The Card [1952 film] (1952) 5 copies
The Swan [1956 film] (2011) 5 copies
All at Sea [1957 film] (2015) 3 copies
To Paris with Love [1955 film] — Actor — 3 copies
The Scapegoat [1959 film] (1959) — Actor — 2 copies
Edwin [1984 TV movie] (2003) — Actor — 1 copy

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A relaxing read following Alex’s activities and thoughts for 18 months from Jan 1995.
He obviously enjoys nature as flowers and birds are often mentioned.
It is surprising to find out his is very self-conscious, gets nervous in new situations.
An interesting and honest report even revealing his thoughts on approaching old age and grumpiness at times.
“It seems a pity that the good old phrase ‘living in sin’ is likely to be dropped by the C of E. So many friends, happily living in sin, will feel very ordinary and humdrum when they become merely partners; or, as the Americans say, ‘an item’.” Page 26.
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GeoffSC | 10 other reviews | Aug 20, 2023 |
A memoir covering the life and career of Alec Guinness up until roughly about 1980. If you have an interest in what it was like to be a jobbing actor in mid-century Britain, or in reading anecdotes about various different actors and directors—some still well-known today, others largely forgotten—this I think might be an engaging read for you. Guinness writes with great fluidity and meanders amiably from one topic to the next, eschewing chronological order, and my sense was that he must have been a great dinner party guest. There's too much performative humility in Blessings in Disguise, though, and too many other things (hints of a certain kind of very English snobbery, racism, misogyny) for me to think I would have liked the man had I ever met him.… (more)
 
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siriaeve | 4 other reviews | Jul 11, 2022 |
Guinness is a skilled writer. He weaves his tales and vignettes of "the great dead" simply, in an unpretentious tone and then, when you're not expecting it, slips in a wry, comical but wisely accurate observation that makes you pause and reflect and/or laugh.

His preface was particularly clever and enlightening, as was his lengthy chapter on his religious journey and his time in the Navy during WWII.

I found myself looking for events, moments, coincidences, that were the blessings in disguise referenced in the title. As I came to the end of the book I realized that it wasn't the moments that he was highlighting. It was the people that were the blessings in disguise. So, perhaps, it is with us.… (more)
 
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OutOfTheBestBooks | 4 other reviews | Sep 24, 2021 |
Somebody said, "Hey, Sir Alec Guiness, will you keep a daily diary for a couple years so we can publish it?" And he said "ok." If one expects to learn deep or penetrating information about the life of Alec Guiness, one will be disappointed. If, however, one enjoys an old British actor's daily commentary on his mundane and sacred activities, with lots of reminisces included, this is a delightful read! Despite the conceit of the book, I really liked his ruminations, often witty, mostly candid, on aging, what books he is reading, and his random stories of actors I may or may not have heard of. It made me want to read more books of the "journals of" or "letters of" variety.… (more)
 
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Zaiga | 10 other reviews | Sep 23, 2019 |

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