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This review is from: Travels With Boogie: 500 Mile Walkies and Boogie Up the River in One Volume (Paperback)
Along with the Riddle of the Sphinx and what happened to Spangles menthol, an abiding mystery for me is why Mark Wallington is not recognised for his towering talent as a truly and consistently funny writer. I should know of that which I speak as I have been trying to analyse written humour and write a few well-turned amusing sentences for half a century. I met Boogie and his master on paper when they went up river and was immediately sold on his style and content. Perhaps other people don't 'get' him in the way they do other more populist writers and their stuff, but this bloke is right up there with the likes of Tom Holt, P. G. Wodehouse and Stephen Leacock for me. If you don't know Stephen Leacock, do yourself a favour and you will see what I mean.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2014 20:04:21 BDT
Hazel Preller says:
Absolutely agree with you that he's an underrated talent. I first read 500 Mile Walkies years ago and can still read it and laugh out loud. I was honoured when Mark wrote a recommendation for my book...Praise from on high in my eyes!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2014 08:28:51 BDT
What Ho Hazel. he did not write a recommendation for any of my books, so I am going off him! Only joking. I can't remember exactly what I said before, but think it is about tastes in humour and how they change. Mark's style actually pre-dates the time his earlier books were written, if that makes sense. That sort of self-effacing and wryly observational narration was first really big in the 50s and 60s and I grew up on it. It went 'out of fashion' sometime in the 80s, but is actually timeless. That's why one can read good humour of this style fifty years on and still relish it. A perfect example is Stephen Leacock, a Canadian who wrote Literary Lapses Over a century ago. It reads fresh as a daisy, and summons up Hancock and the Pythons in the situations that arise and his reactions to them.
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