Blott on the Landscape Paperback – 1 May 1977
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"Confirms that he had inherited the mantle of the late P.G. Wodehouse. This is deliciously English comedy" (Guardian)
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"This exuberant novel will cheer all those who dislike bureaucracy" (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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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Love Toms early books when I was in my teens
Now looking forward to reading more of his work and hoping that the laughter will be there even in public
Classic comedy, the book is even better than the TV series!Published 9 months ago by Norfolktolancashire
Enjoyed reading this tongue in cheek story of the ways of an England of a short time ago , with political manoeuvring that we still read about in the papersPublished 17 months ago by R818
I think this is probably the best Tom Sharpe I have read. The TV production is a cracker too. Get it nowPublished 17 months ago by G E SANDERS