- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1073 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publisher: Just4kix Books (20 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003PPCSJ8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But Can You Drink The Water? (Droll, witty, and utterly British) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
When the family return to Liverpool, and life as they knew it, Mavis has insights that are so true. The author surely has 'been there, done that' to capture it so well.
The book isn't the longest and I would love to have had another 100 pages to giggle over. That's a good sign isn't it? At the price(under a pound),this is a real bargain buy, and great entertainment.
It is a book outside my normal reading preference, however it is one of the most enjoyable I have read for a long while. Thus I highly recommend this book to you.
The book follows the fortunes of Frank and Mavis Turner and their 15-year-old son Gerry from the moment the wheels of the 747 hit the runway at Louis Botha airport. They are a working class family from Liverpool, Scousers to the core. Frank has signed a five-year contract to work in Durban, dragging his reluctant wife and resentful, Mohican-topped offspring with him.
Hurst-Nicholson has a lot of fun with these innocents abroad, doubly baffled by a strange country with its alien climate, food, customs and wildlife, and by their sudden promotion to the bourgeoisie. They survive first encounters with sunburn, geckos, brinjal, litchi and naartjie and discover that, yes, you can drink the water.
Many of the jokes are at their expense, know-it-all know-nothings, but there are wider targets too. The author has a wicked eye for absurdity in the culture they have left behind. Mavis is impressed that their new home has an en-suite bathroom, but the thing that strikes her first is the toilet paper:
"'And decent loo paper too,' she noted, accustomed to the cheap, wood chipped Bronco sheets her mother insisted on because her dad wound them into spills for his pipe."
Very amusing - at first. After a while, though, the digs begin to seem a bit relentless. This is partly because the pitch of the writing varies very little, but partly also because there is really only one gag: the Turners are ignorant and badly educated, conditioned to their cold, wet, council house terraced lives in Liverpool and totally at sea in the wider world.Read more ›
I grew up in Liverpool in the 70s and 80s, and the characters in this book felt so familiar, maybe that's part of why I became so involved.
10/10 from me!
Although the synopsis states the book is about Frank and his family as they adjust to life in a new country I found there was more focus on the changing family attitudes when relatives from the UK come to stay. This doesn't detract from the story, it's part of the story, but I think there was so much more that could have been explored.
I would have liked to have read more of the day to day problems faced by Frank, Mavis (particularly Mavis) and Gerry as they settled into South Africa as I think it would have added depth to their characters as well as given many opportunities for humour.
Overall I enjoyed the book and dived back into it whenever I had five minutes. It ended too soon and I am left wondering what Frank, Mavis and Gerry are up to and I hope to see them again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do enjoy reading books - mostly non fiction- about people moving abroad and their experiences in that country. This is, of course, fiction but funny and well written. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Reader Ruthie
Witty good holiday type book. Wouldn't say I couldn't put it down but a good read.Published 13 months ago by barbs
I have read this book 3 times love it!
Nostalgic,funny,touching & full of love for family life. Recommended. Will read again soon.
One word describes this book BRILLIANT. Obvious that the Author Emigrated from UK to RSA. I and my family left Liverpool same as the Author for RSA also in the 70s. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr B M GALLAGHER
The chatacters are real. I'm certain we all have people they are based on within our own families.Published 24 months ago by Linda Taylor
This book is neither droll nor witty. Please don't be fooled by the blurb or the cartoon-like cover. What it is, is boring drivel. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Heather Feather
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