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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099435535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099435532
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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"They make me cry with laughter ... I think he's one of the great geniuses" (Daily Mail)

"Tom Sharpe is in top form ... outrageously funny ... Left-wing academics, right-wing capitalists, true-blue country gentry, workers, peasants, police and lawyers - all take custard pies full in the face in this boisterous knockabout farce" (The Listener)

"A novelist who has broken out of the pack, established a wholly distinctive style ... such a keen eye for the ridiculous and marvellous ability to puncture it" (Scotsman)

"An immense gift for social satire ... the action is unflagging" (Daily Telegraph)

"There’s almost no one funnier" (Observer)

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A hilarious dose of British farce from Tom Sharpe, the bestselling author of Wilt and Porterhouse Blue.

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By L. Sears TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2012
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My first Tom Sharpe novel, recommended by a colleague.

Though full of that great British wit and sarcasm I wasn't that impressed. It's Certainly readable, but a little lacking in places.

Waldon Yapp, a hapless genius, takes on a job not realising he's being played as a pawn. As the story progresses he finds himself getting deeper and deeper into trouble as one coincidence after another goes against him, trapping him with, seemingly, no way out. Murder, money and mayhem abound this is one very well plotted misadventure.

I know plenty of people who love Tom Sharpe and I'd certainly try give another of his novels a try. But this wasn't as funny as I thought it was going to be.
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While reading this book my wife often wondered what I was laughing about , a very funny book all the way through
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Almost as funny as The Throwback
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This book is definitely worth a read. There are a number of hilarious episodes including the bath incident and especially the scene at the car wash. I would venture to add that this is perhaps the best Sharpe novel I have read so far after Porterhouse Blue, The Throwback and Vintage Stuff. However, the novel seems to fizzle out as if Sharpe suddenly thought that he had written enough and just wrapped everything up in the most inconsequential way; hence the four stars.
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he did tail off in his later books,but this for me is the high point.no clues to the plot,just get it and enjoy.dont read it with young kids about,first they will think your gone mad with all the laughter,second are you really going to tell them about the porg that came out of the oven?good clean dirty fun.a masterpiece
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Politically incorrect, vulgar, in very bad taste and extremely funny. A really good poke at political correctness and an illustration of how things can go so badly wrong with misunderstanding and misinterpretation in weird or unaccustomed social environments. A lot of wonderfully insane nonsense but worth reading in somewhere like an airport lounge or similar where you can laugh out loud - and where you will probably be deemed as mad as the book characters themselves. Worth it for the laugh alone!

For relaxation and a serious laugh, well worth it but if you are offended by vulgar crudity, perhaps best avoided.
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Yet again, Tom sharpe impressed me with his ability to make me laugh at a turn of a page.
Ancestral vices I thought was slightly more unique than the other Sharpe books, but still as clever and unpredictable as ever.
No one escapes in this book, whether it be politicians, lecturers or the housewife, they are all victims of Toms unmistakable style.
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After a quiet start this develops into a brilliant satyrical farce on the higher education of the time and on business. There's some great dark humour, a dash of dark slapstick and a chunk of insight. Times have changed, and this is a book of its time, but I still really enjoyed it. Tom Sharpe is a master of taking the mickey.
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