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The Great Pursuit Hardcover – 12 Apr 1977

4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd; Book Club Edition edition (12 April 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436458063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436458064
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tom Sharpe has now turned his weapons of comic destructiveness onto that sitting target or lame duck: the literary world" (Observer)

"Mr Sharpe constructs his plot with immense care. He also, more to the point, has a nice line in lewd jokes. I understand that this sort of thing isn't to everybody's taste, but I laughed out loud" (Guy Bellamy Punch)

"Individual blend of robust farce and deeply cutting satire" (The Listener)

"Tom Sharpe is the funniest novelist writing today" (Philip Howard The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A hilarious dose of British farce from Tom Sharpe, the bestselling author of Wilt and Porterhouse Blue. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
The great pursuit revolves around a publicity trip which goes horribly wrong. All the ingredients of a good farce are in here - rioting, false identities, grotesque characters, mad passions, trips to police stations and a bit of suspected arson and attempted murder thrown in too. The plot is promising, but somehow it's just not that funny. I enjoyed Wilt, Vintage stuff and Porterhouse Blue, and have read a few of his other books, and I thought that this didn't quite measure up. But it's still worth a read on a rainy afternoon.
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It's been some time since I last read anything by Tom Sharpe and I had high hopes for this. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. There were no laugh out loud moments which had made earlier books so enjoyable. Plenty of silliness but not what I'd call funny. That said, it helped pass a few hours and will not put me off reading his work.
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The headline sounds like a criticism but it attempts to be a parody of what Sharpe is parodying. Readers who know even a little about academic lit crit will recognise the po-faced characterisation of someone famous. Whether the changes were necessary is up to the reader to determine but read it and see it on at least two levels.
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Not one of Mr Sharp's best but amusing enough and worth a read if you're short of material. Get the feeling he changed he ending at some point because he felt a little disjointed.
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Tom Sharpe is THE funniest writer ever, his dry confusion and willingness to state the obvious has me in stitches.
Brilliant read.
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If you've enjoyed Tom Sharpes other books then this one's a must too. If you've never read a Tom Sharpe book then this is a good one to start with as it's not as extreme in places as some of his other books but is still very funny.
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Very funny. I am now barred from reading Tom Sharpe at night because I laughed so much, I can't help it, that I keep waking the wife up.
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Another epic farce from the master of the genre. Sad to hear that the author died recently.Well worth a read.
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