- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ancestral Vices Paperback – 7 Nov 2002
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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)
A hilarious dose of British farce from Tom Sharpe, the bestselling author of Wilt and Porterhouse Blue.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
For relaxation and a serious laugh, well worth it but if you are offended by vulgar crudity, perhaps best avoided.
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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If you like Tom Sharpe, this is one of his funniest. If you have never read any, try this, you might like it!Published 6 months ago by J. Button
brilliant author i read them all the when first released just replacing long lost friends,ready to read again,if you like funny look no furtherPublished 10 months ago by patrick
Sharpe has lost his acid wit somewhat but still a wickedly funny read.Published 13 months ago by Keith Leaver