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5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest-ly, it's a funny read.
The calamitous capers of Ernest continue with a vengeance in part two of the journal.

A bilingual dog, draconian teaching methods, the near drowning of his nephew and his refusal to follow the uncouth British tradition of slapping on suntan lotion - leading to his endless embarrassment - are just a few of the hilarious highlights.

The reader is also...
Published 9 months ago by Andrew

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Similar
Very similar too many I have read and it becomes much of a muchness, with not a lot of variation , after enjoying the first part...
Published 7 months ago by D. E. Newman


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5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest-ly, it's a funny read., 25 Oct 2013
This review is from: Spanish Journals: The Posthumous Diary of an Expat: Part Two - Invasion (Kindle Edition)
The calamitous capers of Ernest continue with a vengeance in part two of the journal.

A bilingual dog, draconian teaching methods, the near drowning of his nephew and his refusal to follow the uncouth British tradition of slapping on suntan lotion - leading to his endless embarrassment - are just a few of the hilarious highlights.

The reader is also introduced to - in Ernest's opinion - Pamela's ghastly family.

Their son, Gerald, makes an appearance too with his cracker of a girlfriend in tow, who Ernest takes a fancy to.
Pamela again rules the roost, with her effortless integration into Spanish life and scything remarks that keep her hubby in check.

Other colourful characters - Scottish Andy for one - add extra flavour to the mix.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've lived next door to him!, 24 Oct 2013
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Like the first instalment it is slightly too short (Parts 1 and 2 should have been the same book?), but just like the first instalment I really enjoyed it. And, for exactly the same reason: Ernest, the archetypal pompous middle class retiree. If you've ever lived in Spain then you have more than likely lived in the same village, the same valley, the same urbanizacion, or even, next door to Ernest. If you think you haven't then I'm afraid you must be Ernest himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different, fascinating, hilarious, 8 Oct 2013
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Both Part One and Part Two of these diaries (Journals - to be correct!!) are a great read. I tittered away for hours...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second book, 22 Jun 2014
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As good as the first. Hilarious at times and funny all other times.
Such an easy read and lifts my spirits!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yep so true, 4 May 2014
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It is a lovely book with bits that ring so true. It's not paradise moving to Spain but there are many good people and if you can survive the paperwork you have done well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it, 6 Mar 2014
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Brilliant
Couldn't put it down I got totally into the life and wanting to know what was going to happen next
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Parts 1-3, 2 Mar 2014
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Stewart Muir (Spain) - See all my reviews
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The thought of reading ex-pat diary entries may appear boring & repetitive, ... but in fact it is none of these. There is not really a plot as such, as this would make the diary less believable. So instead there are themes/ threads that evolve like in real life. These threads are rarely put to bed, so they build up from one book to another.
These diaries are funny, with a host of comic characters that generally grow funnier as you get to understand them. The main character, Ernest Postlethwaite, I feel sorry for, made more intense by the fact we know that he dies prematurely, and his wife publishes his work. He tries so hard, and yet progress is so slow ... does that sound familiar? Amongst other themes, is his strife for a 'Good Life' (remember Richard Briers & Felicity Kendal?) But this lifestyle is far from what his wife Pamela had in mind when they moved to Spain. Pamela is as sharp as a knife ... but how does he meet his early death?
This work has been written by someone who knows about ex-pat life in Spain, and readers who are themselves in this position will be able to relate to many of the episodes in Ernest's Spanish life. All 3 parts are recommended reads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read, 8 Dec 2013
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An amusing, fun and heartwarming read. Shame there won't be any more. I'm sure the characters really do exist in real life though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading, 8 Nov 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed it, an easy and entertaining read. Nice to read about ex-pats who want to go native instead of creating yet another British enclave.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read, 31 Oct 2013
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A brilliant read and amusing account of the English in Spain trying to be Spanish. I liked the style of the writing and much appreciated the translations of occasional phrases in Spanish.
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