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Porterhouse Blue: (Porterhouse Blue Series 1) by Tom Sharpe
This book is an absolute treasure: if you want something to cheer you up it's definitely the one to go for. I had to really restrain myself the other day on the train to avoid annoying fellow passengers by laughing out loud. Best to read at home so you can really let rip!
No female characters, other than the voluptuous bedder and the Master's wife - so doesn't really count. Tried a few passages out on my wife, but she didn't find them amusing, so suspect female appeal may be lacking.
A really fluid style that reminded me a bit of Trollope, and with lots to say as well about where right meets left, hypocracy, pomposity and big ego's as well, but always gentle and never pedantic… Read more
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
My first taste of Trollope and absolutely bowled over with it. I read the first two novels of the Barchester Chronicles before deciding to take a break. After Dickens it's an absolute tonic, if only for the wonderfully drawn female characters, so lacking in the big D's novels. And what a style - so beautifully written in an almost effortless way. Stand by for a panoramic exploration of a C19th ecclesiastical world you never knew existed, and it's certainly opened my eyes to the machinations of the clergy. But, you know what, I also loved his gentle assertion throughout that morals and kindness DO matter and if I had a picture of the mild hero, precentor Septimus Harding, he'd definitely be… Read more
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Halves, 9 Nov 2012
I've now read D.C. three times and it gets better every time. It was apparently his own favourite book and certainly seems to draw heavily on his own past at times. But ... there's always a point, just after the first half of the book, when it loses its initial momentum and brilliance - basically as David starts to grow up and become an adult. And at times it lapses into the mushy sentiment and melodrama that is always a bit of a mountain to climb for modern readers. In other words, it's at its best when David is a child, and the vulnerability that Dickens must have experienced so painfully himself, is always present. But there's always such a wonderful parade of characters throughout the… Read more