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Blott on the Landscape Paperback – 1 May 1977

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (May 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330250809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330250801
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.5 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,219,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Confirms that he had inherited the mantle of the late P.G. Wodehouse. This is deliciously English comedy" (Guardian)

"Extremely funny . . . Mr Sharpe's dialogues is nifty, imaginative, enjoyable" (Peter Ackroyd The Spectator)

"I laughed out loud, I really did . . . Tom Sharpe is nowhere more buoyant than when mounting catastrophic scenes of hilarious mayhem" (The Statesman)

"A very funny writer indeed . . . Tom Sharpe's comedy lies as much in his language and the pace of the dialogue as in the outrageous muddles and confusions of his comic situations" (The Times)

"This exuberant novel will cheer all those who dislike bureaucracy" (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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One of the best-loved post-war comic novels, made into a memorable BBC series starring David Suchet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2014
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First published in 1975 probably most people are aware of this due to the TV series that was made, rather than having read the novel before. Sir Giles Lynchwood would love to get rid of the house he is living in, Handyman Hall; the building is already falling to bits and costs a lot of money to maintain, and also he would rather like to get rid of his wife, Lady Maud, the descendent of the family who owned the Hall. The latter is a big task and if his affair is found out could mean a divorce and his losing all the assets of his wife. The former problem though looks like it can be resolved. Looking for an idea Sir Giles stumbles across a plan to build a motorway straight through the grounds of his home. A nice fat cheque from the Government in compensation and the old hall can be done away with. Of course, perhaps things won’t be so easy and there may be a few problems on the way, but Sir Giles feels confident on a good result.

As Sir Giles starts his machinations things start to go awry as the whole motorway proposal starts to unravel. With blackmail, murder, mayhem and kinky sex it seems that the whole thing will blow up in someone’s face, especially when a civil servant is sent down from London to assist in any problems. And lest we forget there is always Blott somewhere on the scene, an orphan German, but thought of as Italian, who is more British that most native born Englishmen.

With some satire, a lot of humour, which is mainly farce, read what happens when Sir Giles puts into place plans for something that even he has lost control of.
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By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2001
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When you consider who could have been the hero of this tale; a rich and powerful business-minded peer, his rich and in many ways more powerful wife, a government troubleshooter or even several Zebras, Lions and Rhinos, you would be surprised that the hero was in fact a quiet Italian gardener with a love for all things English. This, along with the ability to create rib-tickling chaos like it were going out of fashion, is Sharpe all over and is why any book of his is worth a couple of afternoons any day.
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This is typical Sharpe. That's to say it's absolutely hilarious. I'm a younger reader and I'm not too keen on or interested in politics, but the way he makes it all seem so stupid is great! He has the ability to show that a character thinks his plans are masterful and infallible when everyone else knows the ideas are doomed to failure. The stereotypical characters will really get you worked up, whether you love or hate them. Great stuff!
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Sharpe makes me laugh on depressing Winter days (which last for nine months of the year in the West Midlands). As British television is so mediocre, this is good. "Blott on the Landscape", as with everything else Sharpe has penned, is my guaranteed fix on keeping my sanity - i.e. laughter is the best medicine. As a writer of fiction for the last 20 odd years, I have long given up reading fiction as my analytical mind invariably works out the denoument in about the first 20 pages. Sharpe is different, he keeps me smiling in a world that has forgotten how to smile.
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I actually saw the televised adaption of the book MANY years before I actually read the book itself, but the book still outshone the TV version no end. Tom Sharpe has to be one of the best comedy writers ever - the proof is in the reading of Blott On The Landscape. Incredible!
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This is a funny, funny book in a very British way. (Despite the main character being Ger.. sorry Italian!) .

There are some good characters in this book, and the plot twists and turns fiendishly. The humour is not forced - it is just the truly ridiculous situations the characters find/put themselves in. Corrupt politicians with dodgy personal penchants, anal bureaucrats, power mad officials, and a good sprinkling of some very eccentric characters make for plenty of fun and games.

Why didn't I give it four stars.. I am not sure. I suppose for four stars a book has to really move me, not just amuse me. This amused me a lot so may be I am being pedantic. I admire very much the tortuous plot. Its an amazing mind that can dream up this kind of stuff.
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I loved this book! Having seed the BBC's production some years ago, so well acted, I wanted to read the book. Such fun, very readable, poignant, a love story but a rather unusual one! Can only recommend highly.
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By A Customer on 29 Nov. 1999
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Blott on the Landscape is a witty, imaginative and highly enjoyable book that I found very hard to put down. The characters are vividly described and Blott himself is wonderful. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a good laugh.
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