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A Diary as a Documentation of Ones Performance in Ones private LifeAlec Guinness writes My Name Escapes Me - The Diary of a Retiring Actor - in purpose of documentation of his performance to commit his story to the public record In the diary Alec Guinness at 82 shows his wishes to spend his declining years as a retiring actor he has not done with acting he is still performing yet retiring This time his performance is committed to words in the commissioned diary I see a diary as documentation of ones life especially when it is to be shown to public By definition a document is a formal paper bearing important or official information In the same sense Alec Guinnesss diary is a document of his act of writing as Paul Matthew Pierre called In addition the facts that it is commissioned and is admissionable to us the public that he is a public figure and that it is commemorating his people suggest Guinnesss intentions for his stories and his performances in the diary to be for the public recordWriting is another way of acting for Alec Guinness His desire to perform is reluctantly replaced by writing Alec Guinness wishes to act again if I am to retired I am in inclined to assume a pained expression and deny it I doubt if any part however small would tempt me P 10 He openly shows his regrets toward his retirement forced by his senescent body I think the TV unit has finished with me it came home to me almost savagely that age has withered memory alertness had taken what talent was there p 41 my granny will be thrilledp 41 Also in the quotation almost unrecognizable in the film I like the almost we see that he still wants to be remained as a public figure His love for acting and plays are all-transparent in the book He consistently refers back to
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