Loitering with Intent: The Apprentice

Loitering with Intent The Apprentice Covering his time as a drama student at RADA the author writes about his student days in London in the s a time which coincided with significant moments in British theatre Among the recollection

  • Title: Loitering with Intent: The Apprentice
  • Author: Peter O'Toole
  • ISBN: 9780330352086
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • Covering his time as a drama student at RADA, the author writes about his student days in London in the 1950s, a time which coincided with significant moments in British theatre Among the recollections are seeing Richard Burton in King John at the Old Vic, remembers Dame Sybil Thorndyke giving him elocution lessons and describing ballet lessons shared with fellow actor, ACovering his time as a drama student at RADA, the author writes about his student days in London in the 1950s, a time which coincided with significant moments in British theatre Among the recollections are seeing Richard Burton in King John at the Old Vic, remembers Dame Sybil Thorndyke giving him elocution lessons and describing ballet lessons shared with fellow actor, Albert Finney.

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    About " Peter O'Toole "

  • Peter O'Toole

    Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts RADA.Eight time Academy Award nominee for Best Actor and recipient 2003 of the Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.Nominated for the Academy Award for his performances in Lawrence of Arabia 1962 , Becket 1964 , The Lion in Winter 1965 , Goodbye, Mr Chips 1969 , The Ruling Class 1972 , The Stunt Man 1980 , My Favorite Year 1982 , and Venus 2006.He received the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts BAFTA Award for his performances in Lawrence of Arabia and Becket He received the Golden Globe for his performaces in Becket, The Lion in Winter, and Goodbye, Mr Chips Recipient of the Emmy Award 1999 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Joan of Arc He was awarded many additional awards for his performances on stage and screen.

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  • The autobiography of my favorite actor. The use of language is brilliant, as one would expect. A generously written warts-and-all portrait, with plenty of theatrical trivia and hilarious stories of what some might call a 'misspent' youth, yet I found it not your typical wastrel ramblings but what I would call the fond memories of a serious student with great talent.


  • Funny: I've seen hardly any of his films, but I've loved both books of his memoirs. Of the two, this one is the denser read, with lots of jumping around, characters with evolving nicknames, and many cheeky digressions. Yet it's so entertaining and charismatic that we don't begrudge O'Toole anything, not even his only covering up to the end of his first year studying acting over two books. More please.


  • Probably one of the best memoirs I ever read (along with its earlier volume), though I can understand why it might split opinion. After all it dares to be Joycean, literate and even wistful at times. It was a joy to read, as much for the language as the content.


  • Loitering with Intent, the Apprentice, the second of Peter O’Toole’s memoir set, would make just as much sense to me were it written in Chinese. It brims over like spilled ale with long rambling sentences, semi-lucid anecdotes about his days as a rabble-rousing acting student, and mentions of those long forgotten. None of the blurry photos are identified, which annoyed the hell out of me and made me think this was purely a vanity piece to generate money for O’Toole and accepted by the publ [...]


  • Peter O'Toole is a delight to read. His 2 volume autobiography is truly the best auto bio I've ever read. I couldn't put either volume down once I started reading. A brilliant, extremely gifted and phenomenal actor, these books prove he was also a great writer.Highly recommend. I can read these again and again.


  • The so-called first volume of his autobiography. Hilarious and wonderful reading for anyone interseted in the theatre and films. Understandably this still great actor's entire career is overshadowed by his Oscar winning performance in the classic Lawrence of Arabia, still a great film after all these years. I need at least a full 3 hours of it nce or twice a year


  • i cant really claim i read this because i totally didnt. i tried, and i think not for the first time, and failed. its like poetry, his writing style, which is not how i like to read. each sentence is like a mini poem. which is lovely, but not relaxing or fun for me. so i didnt rate it. because i didnt read it. and im only writing this and noting it to remind me that its not a good choice for me.


  • His wit and intellect leap off the page. This series of books was a joy to read, even if some of the slang took a while to figure out. Some of his stories made me cry and some I laughed with until tears streamed down my face.


  • He writes the way he speaks, and I love it, even if I am fairly certain he's tipping a glass back while he's doing it. He is one of our greatest examples of how to make the English language sing. I could not follow him on all of his diversions, but it was a fun romp nevertheless.


  • There are more digressions here than in 'the early years', hence a longer book; but a very enjoyable read nonetheless. Too bad he didn't get part III done.




  • Like his first memoir, I absolutely loved this one. The language and narrative he uses is terrific. Plainly-speaking, Mr. O'Toole was a wonderful raconteur.


  • Autobiography of actor Peter O'Toole. It's AWESOME. His command of the language is amazing and his deliveryjust like he talksozy, erudite, wry's the funniest thing I've read.


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