Welcome to my Alec Guinness tribute page. Why Alec Guinness you ask? Well, I stumbled on his writings some time back and found them quite interesting, and not just from a literary standpoint. Unfortunately I am too young to remember him from the movies - other than Ben Kenobi from Star Wars - and I have never lived in England to see him in a play. Nevertheless, it is his
writing that has moved me most. I have read all of the books he has written, including his latest, A Commonplace Book, published posthumously. I get a sense of the man, the real Alec Guinness; his sense of propriety and self-effacement are to be commended. His concern, for decorum and for others, is admirable.
Wednesday 6 March
What I liked most about Brighton as a boy was the little electric railway which ran from near the Palace Bier to Black Rock and had a section of its line, all too short for my money, running out over the sea. When the sea was a bit rough this was a thrill; when it was really rough the cissy little train didn't function. I must have spent many happy, if lonely, hours
to'ing and fro'ing. Not absolutely lonely. I have always found the sea, in whatever mood it was in, good and sufficient company.
-My Name Escapes Me by Alec Guinness. 212pp. London: Penguin Books Ltd.