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Squire Haggard's Journal (Prion Humour Classics) [Hardcover]

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8 Sep 2000 Prion Humour Classics
A bawdy parody of a late 18th-century gentleman's diary. Amos Haggard is a gargantuan, warty toad of a character. Along with Roderick, his idiot sidekick son, he carouses with prostitutes, imbibes copious amounts of wine, evicts the poor and fires his pistols at poachers, dissenters and foreigners.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd; New edition edition (8 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853753998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853753992
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Jones without a conscience! 25 April 2001
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Squire Haggard's Journal was originally inspired by the author's researches in the archives of a provincial newspaper for a series of articles on what was happening 200 years ago. If the result is anything to go by, perhaps it's just as well that times have changed!
The eponymous Squire carouses and wenches his way through the book with reckless disregard for anyone else. Women are, throughout, the targets of his apparently indefatigable amorous intentions, the height of his ambition being to enjoy a shilling whore in London, instead of the usual threepenny variety. He is frustrated because all the shilling girls have been booked for an MP's party! Alone amongst women, it seems, his wife Tib is regarded as a miserable shrew.
Foreigners, poachers, tenants, clerics and dissenters all receive short shrift from the Squire, who treats them all vilely.
You will begin to see that this book was conceived and written before the days of political correctness. Perhaps partly because of this, I found it exceptionally funny. I read the book in a business class cabin on a flight to Dubai, and embarrassed myself on a number of occasions by laughing out loud. The humour is of the schoolboy variety, but the book is well written, with a reasonable plot (how the Squire restores the family fortunes by marrying off his son to a wealthy heiress), and I enjoyed it very much.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who takes being politically correct with any seriousness, unless they are determined to repent and recover a sense of humour, but any schoolboy between the ages of about 12 and 102 should find this a good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny. 16 Feb 2002
Squire Haggard is the man I aspire to be when I have had too much wine. A riproaring laugh of irreverant eighteenth century tomfoolery, reminiscent of Squire Western in Fieldings Tom Jones, only Haggard is more drunk, more vulgar and much more disgraceful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Physically sick with laughing 9 Oct 2003
Probably the third funniest book ever written(after The Papers of Smauel Marchbanks and Waugh's Decline and Fall.)
The dissolute nature of the Squire will be so refreshing to modern readers.
Worth reading for his experiences on landing in France alone: "I went about the town insulting Frenchmen, of which there were an inordinately large number!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 24 Jan 2014
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I defy you not to smile (or laugh out loud!) while reading this book. It's easy to imagine Squire Haggard scribbling vile comments into his diary and railing at all lower forms of humanity who cross his path. Wonderful stuff and totally non-PC! Worth every penny!
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