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Night of the Toxic Ostrich Paperback – 1 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747276390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747276395
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 21.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,694,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Night of the Toxic Ostrich, right-on stand-up comic James Randall has offended the Mujaheddin. Now they want revenge. James doesn't know this, of course. He's more concerned about his image. Life as Britain's most outspoken gay celibate comic is increasingly tough--particularly when you're heterosexual and desperate. The girl of his dreams, hippy-chick Loretta seems more concerned with liberating ostriches. Until a certain Afghan hit-man arrives on the scene. After that, sex is the least of James's worries, as his life descends into apocalypse, populated by limbless minicab-drivers, exploding enemas and irradiated ostriches.

Fans of Revell's House of the Spirit Levels will recognise his darkly funny world-view, reality twisted a few notches into the realm of the surreal. Fantastical happenings are frequent--this is surely the only novel whose obligatory sex-scene contains a randy ostrich. But at the same time, Revell has a keen eye for the absurdities of life as it is. Modernity is shown up in all its hilarious hollowness--London's newest shopping complex hosts mass weddings where couples are matched by their till receipts while "Pristina", a bar modelled on Serbia's most stylish bomb-shelter, is a magnet for Soho trendies. Comedians will be spitting feathers about this book, not least because Revell has all the best jokes. --Matthew Baylis

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'Improbable comedy: stand-up comedian James is seriously offensive about Afghanistan; Rashid is sent to London by the Taliban to seek revenge. Festival appearances' The Bookseller

Magazines: Maxim rev July issue, FHM rev Aug issue, Later rev Aug issue

There was a review of Night Of The Toxic Ostrich in the Guardian 8/7

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
Night of the Toxic Ostrich has everything going for it. There are brilliantly drawn, surprising characters such as Raschid, the charming and likeable Taliban assassin and Stevie the wannabe terrorist who loves goldfinches. There is a plot that is intricate, bizarre and entertainingly disgusting. Best of all it has many many laughs (at least 17). Unless you have no sense of humour at all this book will make you laugh lots.Only low point is cover. Just tear it off and read the novel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookie on 7 July 2009
Format: Paperback
A very weird and humerous novel. I read a lot of books and this is one that I still remember fondly many years after reading it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Pounds on 22 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the second book i have read from nick revell and it didnt dissapoint i couldnt put it it down the same as the first i read. This was great reading .. made me chuckle too ..
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm not really sure why this has been compared to the excellent "White Teeth", which is a vivid, subtle, well paced and original story. I'm even less sure what the point of Revell's novel is. A collection of unlikeable, cliched, one-dimensial characters limp their way towards a farcical climax for no apparent reason. This has to be one of the worst literary depictions of London; described in a smug, arrogant and predictable way that tries to patronise non-London dwelling readers, but instead makes them glad they live a healthy two hour train journey away from the place that inspired such sub-GCSE level prose.
I truly can't think of a worse novel, including John Grisham and Ben Elton.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2001
Format: Paperback
If you want to read a funny and touching story of contemporary London life, don't bother with Zadie Smith. Long before 'White Teeth', Nick Revell got there first with this amazing book whose characters rapidly carve their way into your heart (and your funny bone). The flowing, genius-like quality of his writing leaves you wondering: why hasn't *he* had the same recognition as Ms Smith?...
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