Stuart: A Life Backwards #2020

Stuart: A Life Backwards By Alexander Masters Stuart A Life Backwards A unique biography of a homeless man and a complete portrait of the hidden underclass So here it is my attempt at the story of Stuart Shorter thief hostage taker psycho and sociopath street racont
  • Title: Stuart: A Life Backwards
  • Author: Alexander Masters
  • ISBN: 9780007200368
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stuart: A Life Backwards By Alexander Masters A unique biography of a homeless man and a complete portrait of the hidden underclass So here it is, my attempt at the story of Stuart Shorter, thief, hostage taker, psycho and sociopath street raconteur, my spy on how the British chaotic underclass spend their troubled days at the beginning of this century a man with an important life I wish I could have presented itA unique biography of a homeless man and a complete portrait of the hidden underclass So here it is, my attempt at the story of Stuart Shorter, thief, hostage taker, psycho and sociopath street raconteur, my spy on how the British chaotic underclass spend their troubled days at the beginning of this century a man with an important life I wish I could have presented it to Stuart before he stepped in front of the 11.15 train from London to Kings Lynn Stuart Shorter s brief life was one of turmoil and chaos In this remarkable book, a masterful act of biographical restoration, Alexander Masters retraces Stuart s troubled journey Stuart was homeless, with many of the problems this sub section of English society display alcoholism, drug addiction, crime, violence.
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      Alexander Masters is an author and screenwriter He is the son of authors Dexter Masters and Joan Brady.

    521 thoughts on “Stuart: A Life Backwards”


    1. A beautiful dog, some kind of retriever probably, had a litter of puppies, every one of them a golden ball of pure joy, and this directly led to the deaths of three people in Oxford, that famous university town in England, some years ago The people were homeless, and it s a known fact that homeless people love their dogs, because their dogs are their family And plus, a dog will keep you warm at night And especially they loved these little puppies and were thrilled when the owner of the puppies g [...]


    2. I ve just finished this book, and honestly I m so ineloquent with words I m not going to even try and write a proper review, I could never do it any justice or hope to explain all the little thoughts about life it made me have but I want everyone to read it.It was incredibly sad, insightful, funny, heart warming and disturbing I know Stuart had done some terrible things in his short life, that he was incredibly damaged but I thought he was also extremely charismatic and intellegent, a beautiful [...]


    3. So all of the praise on the jacket seems to involve people falling over themselves Not that there s anything wrong with that And not that I don t get it It s just that, well it s not that kind of a book Stuart is a homeless guy except he s not, when we meet him Who s mentally ill except he s doing okay, when we meet him Who s been in prison countless times Who the system failed except it didn t, because somebody who wasn t himself had to get him out of that parking garage Stuart and Alexander bo [...]


    4. This biography tells the life story of Stuart Shorter, a homeless knife wielding nutter, from the present back to his childhood, to explain how he went from being a happy go lucky little boy to a homeless drug addict I loved this book, but read it with a sense of foreboding, knowing that it was going to go back to some horrible events in his childhood , and it does The book jumps back and forth quite a bit, some of it is funny as Stuart tells of his various stints in prisons all over England, an [...]


    5. Having spent most of my life working in the human services field, this book really gave me a lot to think about Then again, it would have done that no matter what For years I tried so hard not to let myself become jaded or cynical about the clients I worked with, realizing that the behavior I witnessed and the personal details I knew about probably only scratched the surfaces of the sum total of their lives experiences full admission ultimately, I failed This book delves deep beneath surface per [...]


    6. I don t read a lot of biographies and I picked this book up on a whim a few days ago when I was filling in time browsing in the bookshop because I was early for my hairdresser appointment I bought the book because of the opening page, which I read in the shop Hair done, magazines read, holiday s discussed not really , I went home and ignored my teetering to read pile and got stuck into Stuart because of page 6 Basically, if you like pages 1 to 6 of this book then you ll like the rest I loved pag [...]


    7. A very moving accurate and unromanticised view of the issue of homelessness, addiction and mental illness, Masters achieves something quite rare in confronting the inherent tragedy of these issues without glossing over the real life choices that led to Stuart s dilemma There is seemingly a whole industry spawned from tragic life stories and those that have overcome great difficulties to simply have a normal existence but what Masters achieves through his telling of Stuart s story is highlight th [...]



    8. Questo libro mi serviva proprio E dire che l ho scelto per il pozzo letterario di gennaio solamente perch il film che stato prodotto dopo l uscita di Stuart ha come attore Benedict Cumberbatch.Non avevo idea di che cosa parlasse Non avevo idea che fosse una storia vera.Questo libro mi ha tirato uno schiaffo, mi ha svegliato via, mi ha tirato addosso una vagonata di realt , quale non ne avevo mai visto prima.Stuart una vita al contrario narra la storia a partire dalla fine di Stuart, un trentatre [...]


    9. What a wonderful biography of a troubled soul This book has all the feels Sad, happy, frustrated, amused, angry, confused all in one package Stuart gives a very different perspective of life on the streets Suffering from MD since childhood, and abused most of his life, Stuart finds ways to escape the hell that is his life by using drugs and alcohol He gets in trouble constantly, and yet, he s a very caring person deep down Although, as an adult, Stuart has trouble with his memory, he can still t [...]


    10. It was an unusual book The phenomenon of homelessness has been always a mystery to me I have been always asking myself how it happens,is it only poverty or something else why people used to living in the streets,cannot return their lives to normal even if given the opportunity The book says a lot about all these things but also,it doesn t and can t answer all the questions First of all, Stuart is a precious document of a human life It is also a valuable document on how homeless people think and [...]


    11. I m not usually the sort of person to read biographies, but this just captivated me From this book I have learned so much about the lives of people like stuart, who we alienate from society so much That alone should be a good reason for anyone to read this book Stuart is a great person logical, clever and funny, and it s enjoyable to be around him in this book, which makes me all the sympathetic towards his situation and life s events, which have stopped him from being and excellent person The [...]


    12. Alexander Masters presents a riveting and humanizing portrait of Stuart Shorter, aka Psycho, an off again on again homeless Brit, an ex convict, a former junkie, alcoholic, and an all around decent and forgivable human being As the subtitle explains, Masters tells Shorter s biography backward, explaining with heartbreaking detail the chapters of Shorter s unhappy and unlucky life and the circumstances that brought them together The little illustrations presumably by Masters and reproductions of [...]


    13. I will admit, I saw the film first Benedict Cumberbatch Nuff said But I was so captivated by the story of Stuart Shorter and his subsequent portrayal by Tom Hardy he was ace , that I had to read the book.This is a wonderful book Alexander Masters captures the essence of Stuart in a way that is compelling and heartbreaking all at the same time It is the story of a young man so embroiled in pain and tragedy, yet has such a profound outlook on life I ached for Stuart, Alexander, and Stuart s family [...]


    14. Stuart A Life Backwards by Alexander MastersWhen I found out that this was one of the 25 books I had won from Booka I was really excited I d seen the film and absolutley loved it thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy It hadn t taken me long to love Stuart When I started the book I felt that same tone Despite the potentially depressing subject matter I found myself smiling at what Stuart said and I was eager to read the next chapter Unlike most biographies there was real humour and warmth [...]


    15. This is a highly original and captivating memoir which has captured the hearts of readers everywhere Stuart, A Life Backwards , is the story of a remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator a middle class scum ponce, if you want to be honest about it, Alexander and a chaotic, knife wielding beggar whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison Interwoven into this, is Stuart s confession the story of his life, told backwards With humour, co [...]


    16. Quick review from memory before I re read and re review at a later date Oh my goodness I remember almost everything about this book and I can feel within my bones that it will never not be a five star book A definite re read but when I couldn t say So sad, so beautiful, so ridiculous So human So stupid So absolutely everything I just wish I could remember whether I saw the adaptation first or read the book first I imagine it was the former, since I never read real life inspired works, ever.


    17. It s very very rare that I will start a book and not finish it, but this is one of those books I just couldn t get into it The narrator s voice is kind of engaging, but I was bored to tears reading this and finally just gave up.


    18. A social worker gets paid to be friends with a social basket case and then writes a novel about him Ethical depravity.


    19. Painful, funny, and painfully funny I didn t expect to enjoy it so much Definitely recommend reading this book.


    20. Written like no other book I have read, backwards Insightful, but also heartbreaking Not a page turner but a must read


    21. This is an enlightening and powerful book The biography of a homeless man told backwards from adulthood back to his childhood, hoping to pinpoint what caused his troubling life In addition to helping me understand why took him to such a rough place, it also helped me understand a great deal about the systems in place to help homeless and alcoholics and addicts Excellent read.


    22. The sewage of profanity was difficult to sludge through, but I managed only because I skipped reading it The biographer himself is not particularly profane, but his poor striving subject, though perfectly capable of some rather profound description, mostly prefers two particular pieces of profanity As those two words are consistent, they re easy to skip over once you spot the first letter I never could have made it through an audio This bio has an interesting purpose, because a main point of it [...]


    23. Warm, human, insightful, funny, disturbing and probably all the stuff on the back cover Truly a book that changes your view on life.


    24. Stuart A Life Backwards, the biography of a Cambridge homeless man could also go by the title Stuart A Life Unanswered Alexander Masters, or as his subject Stuart Shorter calls him, middle class c , narrates the life story of a man most of us would literally step over on the street, with no overt solution on how he may be rescued from his semi chosen state Unlike most of biographical heroes, Stuart s life isn t notable for what he s done, but for the continuously terrible things that have been [...]


    25. I loved this book, although it is hard to say why This sad, funny, weird book was eye opening and brilliantly written, full of compassion, humanity and brutal honesty It sounds like a hard sell the biography of a disabled, alcoholic, psychotic, drug addicted man who is patently unlikable at times, but I urge you to try it.


    26. It s hard for me to write a review for this book I saw the film first and it immediately stuck with me The tone of the film, the casting and the acting, its bittersweet aspect I knew that I had to read the book and I had the feeling that I would love it no matter what.When I finally came round to reading it, I didn t regret it for one moment.Masters did well to listen to Stuart s advice on how to structure his story The whodunnit approach works perfectly when it comes to narrating someone s life [...]


    27. Stuart, the focus of Alexander Masters book, is as enigmatic and polarizing as real people tend to get There is a reason that Masters introduces us to Stuart now, rather than beginning at the childhood that spawned this creature.Stuart is akin to a horrific train wreck that you can not tear your eyes away from he is scary and depressing, repulsive and untantalizing, yet somehow silumtaneously mesmerizing and endearing You wouldn t want to share an elevator or a dark alley with this character, bu [...]


    28. Have you ever walked past a street person and wondered how he or she got there Every one of them has a story, but it s a story we d rather ignore, just as we d rather ignore them Masters gives us the story of one man and, through it, a glimpse into a damaged life Stuart is appallingly damaged, and the explanation for how he got to where he ended up addicted to multiple substances, chaotic, unstable, violent, and unpredictable is sad and awful Masters does not romanticise Stuart or show him throu [...]


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