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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as fabulous and witty as everything fry has ever written
discovering all his books at once, i had a marathon few days digesting them all as thoroughly as possible, not wanting any to finish, but barely able to wait to start the next. this is characteristic of fry with his superb intelligence and wit and brilliant ability to hold us all to constant attention with such wonderful story telling skills, and bizarre imagination...
Published on 17 Feb 2000

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah! - Just OK!
Reads a bit like a Micky Spillane novel - thought it might have been a bit "deeper" from someone with the brain power of Stephen Fry!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Funny, 30 Nov 2005
This review is from: The Hippopotamus (Paperback)
Fry has done it again. It think this book is even better than The Liar. It doesn't deliver the constant laughs that The Liar did, but it works better on multiple levels as a comedic novel, gender satire, social and political commentary. Outstanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hippopotamus, 26 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Hippopotamus (Paperback)
I really wanted to hate this book; I mean how many talents can Mr. Fry have? Unfortunately for the green eyed monster lurking in my soul I have to confess he is a damn good writer and as witty in print as with the spoken word. The story follows a jaded poet called Ted Wallace who is sent to investigate the healing abilities of David his Godson. Wallace finds himself staying at the teenager's grand family home and in the company of assorted misfits whose company he far from relishes. The discoveries he makes concerning David's `healing powers' and how they appear to function force Ted into some hilarious situations. The story is strong but perhaps the most delightful part of the book is the realisation of Ted Wallace's character and the thoughts he expresses on contemporary artistic and social conventions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 4 Oct 2007
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Stephen Fry has delivered an expertly funny and unpredictable story here. It never gets dull and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Good enough to keep and read again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hippest hippo ever, 27 Oct 2008
This review is from: The Hippopotamus (Paperback)
Oh man, I miss Tedward already! Bring him back Fry! He is the best novel character ever...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, entertaining...fabulous read, 4 Oct 2001
This review is from: The Hippopotamus (Audio Cassette)
Drunken, failed journalist Ted is fired from his job ( which he didn't really like much anyway). he goes to stay with his friend Lord Logan for a relax and wind down in his enormous manner house when he discovers some strange goings on. Mysterious forces at work. Ted fathoms it out.....or at least he thinks he does. Fabulous read, full of witty ( and sometimes rather camp but don't let that put you off!) humour. Watch out though there are some rude bits which I'm not sure are completly nessessary but very funny all the same. A brilliant book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read, 25 Mar 2009
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From start to finsish i loved this book. It's secrets and mystifying events keep the reader entertained the whole way through. Stephens writing technique is wonderful and very humourous. A great read!!!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what else could we possibly expect from the master?, 23 Jan 2002
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Yet another clever plot, tied in with fruity language and superb characters and it cant fail to entertain!Although rude in places it is done so well it will have you in fits of laughter is inneudos are your thing or not. But whatever you do don't sit there and begin if your going to be busy for the rest of the day because it will get you hooked!!!!! By the Stephen Fry lover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah! - Just OK!, 28 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Hippopotamus (Kindle Edition)
Reads a bit like a Micky Spillane novel - thought it might have been a bit "deeper" from someone with the brain power of Stephen Fry!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Brilliance..., 25 Sep 2008
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...but would you expect any less from the inordinately scintillating Mr Fry. Expect no more than to hold your sides from laughter, be deeply moved at the heartfelt sentiment of the characters, and be surprised at the unexpected curveballs throughout. Simply excellent. I'd give it 100 out of 10 - couldn't put it down!
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1.0 out of 5 stars this was a disappointment. Having read the reviews I was expecting something ..., 23 July 2014
This review is from: The Hippopotamus (Kindle Edition)
Frankly, this was a disappointment. Having read the reviews I was expecting something more amusing. It seemed to be like a book written by a upperclass public schoolboy with that level of humour. Felt no empathy for any of the characters, the language unnecessary and was frankly bored by the whole thing.
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