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eBook The Last Cigarette (Smoking Diaries) ePub

by Simon Gray

  • ISBN: 1847080383
  • Category: Arts and Literature
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Simon Gray
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Granta Books (UK); 1st ed. edition (January 30, 2009)
  • Pages: 312
  • ePub book: 1746 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1885 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 838

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The final volume of the trilogy that began with The Smoking Diaries finds Simon Gray determined to give up smoking. Can he kick the habit of sixty years?

Can he kick the habit of sixty years? Will he, sometime soon, be able to leave his house without nervously feeling for his two packets of twenty and his two lighters? As this wonderful, wayward record of Gray's life progresses, these questions are overtaken by much larger ones. The final volume of the trilogy that began with The Smoking Diaries finds Simon Gray determined to give up smoking. Can he kick the habit of sixty years?

The Last Cigarette premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in March 2009. Notable for his uncompromising honesty and a wit both fierce and fearless, Simon Gray's voice was uniquely his own - intelligent, probing and often outrageously funny.

The Last Cigarette premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in March 2009. He faced life - and death - with unflinching courage and defiant humanity; even when writing about his own mortality, he lost none of his prodigious talent to entertain. Warm, candid and with a double dose of dark humour, this dramatisation of Gray's The Smoking Diaries and other memoirs was completed just before his death last summer. The Last Cigarette premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in March 2009.

3 people found this helpful. His second wife, to whom the book is dedicated, receives passing mentions throughout, but there is more than a hint of the misogynist in Simon Gray, an honest man who has become a self-hating misanthrope in his decline.

The Last Cigarette book. The final volume of the trilogy that began with 'The Smoking Diaries', this diary reflects Simon Gray's determination to give up smoking.

The Smoking Diaries - Last Cigarette. Simon Gray is determined to give up smoking. Book in the The Smoking Diaries Series).

This valedictory from Simon Gray, who died in August, is a delight, full as it is of all . So, yes, more than anything, this is a book about endings, a. .

This valedictory from Simon Gray, who died in August, is a delight, full as it is of all that is best and worst about human nature: hatred, fear, joy, generosity, compassion, honesty. So, yes, more than anything, this is a book about endings, as troubling and as beautiful as they may be.

The Smoking Diaries, Volume 3. By: Simon Gray. In his work as a practicing psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz hasspent the last twenty-five years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our mostbaffling behavior. Narrated by: Simon Gray. Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins. Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Artists, Writers, & Musicians. The Examined Life distills more than fifty thousandhours of conversation into pure psychological insight without the jargon.

The last cigarette is just the start. In the third and possibly final instalment of his Smoking Diaries, The Last Cigarette, Simon Gray is as funny, honest and idiosyncratic as ever, says Euan Ferguson. Sun 6 Apr 2008 0. 6 BST First published on Sun 6 Apr 2008 0. 6 BST.

The dramatist Simon Gray has put his considerable talent into his plays, his genius into his diaries, says . But, in fact, this is only his framework, so we do not know whether the last cigarette mentioned in the diary is actually his final one. The narrative is straightforward

The dramatist Simon Gray has put his considerable talent into his plays, his genius into his diaries, says JONATHAN CECIL. The narrative is straightforward. We follow Gray and his wife Victoria on holiday from England to the Greek island of Spetses, to Barbados and to New York, where his play Butley is being revived; then back to England. The joy is in the details and digressions. People, places and sights are vividly, often hilariously evoked.

Simon Gray is determined to give up smoking. Really. At last. Can he kick the habit of sixty years? Will he, sometime soon, be able to leave his house without nervously feeling for his two packets of twenty and his two lighters? As this wonderful, wayward record of Gray's life progresses, these questions are overtaken by much larger ones. What was sex like before 1963? Will his name be in lights on Broadway? Why leave the bedside of his dying mother? With their combination of comedy and serious reflection, of sharp observation and painful self-disclosure, Simon Gray's diaries have reinvented the memoir form and are destined to become classics of autobiography.

Comments

Ximathewi Ximathewi
These autobiographical "Smoking Diaries" are the most moving and simultaneously hilarious accounts of the sad ending of a wonderful writers' life
Kefrannan Kefrannan
Gray, Simon. The Last Cigarette

This is for the most part an interesting and amusing memoir dealing with Gray's final two years. Where it finally hits the buffers is in its concluding sequences where the author retells at length the story of his tussles with actors, theatre directors, critics and reviewers of Butley, an earlier play revived in New York. In fact Gray's major struggle is with himself, with his decaying body and the prospect of decline and death. He confesses to huge disappointment at not seeing his name in lights in Times Square - not only is that `last triunph' denied him but there's no indication of the writer's name. He is in fact eclipsed by the star of the show, Nathan, whom he compares favourably with Alan Bates who played the lead 30 years before.

The book is divided into 8 Parts, each Part consisting of long or short episodes, mainly of his holidays in Greece, sprinkled with anecdotes on for example his brother Piers, FR Leavis, the dying Harold Pinter, old friends and sundry mistresses from his more potent days.

Throughout the memoir Gray flits like a butterfly from past to present, settling on golden flowers to recall past joys and sorrows, being scathing about minor writers like CP Snow, getting angry with flies and the heat in Spetses, his present hideaway. He retreats on occasion into the persona of an elderly man, `a poignant and grotesque spectacle ... gulping down black coffee and cigarette smoke to resore his nerves, waiting for his wife Victoria to return from the shops.' His second wife, to whom the book is dedicated, receives passing mentions throughout, but there is more than a hint of the misogynist in Simon Gray, an honest man who has become a self-hating misanthrope in his decline.
Beazerdred Beazerdred
This, volume III of Gray's ,lacks the pace of the first spectacular volume. Gray still crams in his mordant and funny observations on life and culture (my favourite is his musings that the woman rubbing suncream in the back of a skinhead on a Greek beach, all the while jabbering in her mobile phone, is the man's parole officer).

But Gray has used up much of the good material in the Smoking Diaries, and such high points are rarer. Mostly this book is a fairly mouldy rumble through his time in New York as his play Butley gets a Broadway revival. There is lots of name dropping as Gray does things like dine with Tom Stoppard, which I found a bit tedious, and I think Gray on top form would have made more of his material.