Loitering with Intent: The Child

Loitering with Intent The Child In the first volume of his acclaimed memoirs the actor narrates his childhood as the son of a bookmaker in a bleak industrial slum in England during World War II and his stints as a journalist and a

  • Title: Loitering with Intent: The Child
  • Author: Peter O'Toole Rick Kot
  • ISBN: 9780786881963
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the first volume of his acclaimed memoirs, the actor narrates his childhood as the son of a bookmaker in a bleak industrial slum in England during World War II and his stints as a journalist and a sailor Reprint NYT.

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    About " Peter O'Toole Rick Kot "

  • Peter O'Toole Rick Kot

    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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  • Reading this, the first of a two volume memoir, was like listening to your grandfather tell you the story of his childhood. He's all over the place, tells events out of sequence and chases rabbits so deep into holes you are unsure where the story first began. His use of colloquialisms, one right after another in rapid succession, make you question whether he's even speaking English. But you, shy young grandchild that you are, are too smitten to ask him to stop and translate.Loitering With Intent [...]


  • A terrific celebrity autobiography. O'Toole writes with wit, drama and verve. Occasionally his vernacular veered off into the impenetrable. A glossary for those of us bereft of English slang of the 40s and 50s would help.When speaking of himself, or his family, or the times, O'Toole is charming. He's every Irish raconteur you've ever imagined, but better. The odd bit is his fixation on Nazi history, and Adolf Hitler specifically. To be sure, WWII was the main event of his childhood and had a pro [...]


  • His delightful writing style sweeps you along with the actor growing up in WW2 England. 'The child is father to the man' as they say. He introduces us to his family, friends, and adventures, along with the unique dialects of his youth, including the whimsical Cockney argot that befuddles so many Americans: 'trouble and strife' = 'wife', 'dog and bone' = phone. Strange.I had no idea that O'Toole was so obsessed with the life of Adolf Hitler, but it's understandable, I suppose, since Germany was b [...]


  • Hard to believe an actor without literary aspirations can write such rich and original prose. Lively commentary on growing up alongside Hitler's war.


  • Finding a used copy of Peter O'Toole's Loitering with Intent: The Child at Half Price Books for a quarter was too attractive to pass up. The Child is the first of two volumes; the second, The Apprentice, covers O'Toole's rise as an actor. The Child, as its title suggests, focuses instead on O'Toole's childhood, spent under Hitler's bombs.The material is fascinating, from his bookie dad, Captain Pat O'Toole, and his shady compatriots to his flagrant hatred of being sent to a non-Catholic school a [...]


  • Hitler? Who would have guessed that Hitler would occupy such a large part of Peter O’Toole’s childhood autobiography?This is the first volume of that biography and is called “The Child”. It covers his family (bookmaker father and loving mother) growing up as he did during World War II. The family left London and the bombing to live in the remote country side where it was so dark (with the black outs) that people were injured and died from walking into darkened light polls.O’Toole was b [...]


  • I found this in the laundry room as we were packing up to move. I am so glad that I did not throw it away. Once I got beyond the slang and the stream of consciousness approach, it was so much fun! Peter O'Toole was a great British actor in the 60s thru 80s. He was flamboyant, hilarious, and full of life, a working class lad who made good! Such stories! I am looking forward to reading part 2 (Loitering with Intent the Apprentice)about his time at the British Academy of the Arts learning his craft [...]


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Floridly written( in a good way). Much of the book is a meditation on O'Toole's greatest fear as a child. Adolf Hitler. His recap of Hitler's career has a trenchant bite reminiscent of Christopher Hitchens.




  • I pretty much tore through this book. I've been a fan of Peter O'Toole for quite some time. When I was really young, I had it in my head that he was a relative. He wasn't. In my head though, I thought he would be a very cool person to meet. It wasn't until his recent death that I found out he wrote his memoir. The first one was available at my library, so as soon as it became available, I picked it up.He rambles in the way my family does. I could hear his voice in my head as I read his words. Ho [...]


  • While some would take issue with the discombobulated progression of the narrative, any fan of Peter O'Toole won't be able to help but hear the text in his voice. He dazzles the reader with his charm, wit, and amusing insights into his childhood during WWII. I'm anxious to read the second installment, "Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice."


  • This was an amazing journey through Peter O'Toole's early life. His style of writing is eclectic to say the least, almost poetic with a wry sense of humor that if you aren't looking for it will pass you by. A thoroughly interesting look into the actor's mind and make-up.


  • Enjoyed Peters ramblings,made me giggle, especially,the pain episode, and is dislike for Hitler, Now have the second part to read.


  • Incomprehensible! Clearly written on a bender. Love him he's always so funny & charming in interviews. Such a good raconteur but a bad writer; this memoir is crazy. Avoid it.





  • Delightful! Almost poetical, very enjoyable. Interesting unique child's eye view of WWII London. Looking forward to next volume.


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