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The Hole Opportunity (The Hole Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Anyway, whatever my reason for buying, I'm so very glad I did. Although it took me a little while to get into it - as another reviewer said, it does feel a little far fetched at the beginning, once I stopped wondering where the plot was going to go and just enjoyed the story, I absolutely loved it. It made me laugh out loud on several occasions and loved the eccentricities of the many characters - so very British and very funny. Will definitely be downloading the sequel.
He introduces us to the financially burdened Colin and Izzy Griggs who are struggling to carve out a living income, while working a farm in rural England. Their lives and destiny are changed one morning upon the delivery of a letter from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), advising them that all farming grants must be made through their website. Minter manages to use and knit the very best of idiosyncratic characteristics of English rural life, incorporating the very real, yet flawed characters, which are unique to rural small-town English life.
The story is unconventionally crafted introducing unlikely scenarios, consequences and events combined with some extremely amusing tongue-in-cheek moments. He introduces every character in an inventive and timely progressive manner, developing the storyline and each character with a finesse and wittiness throughout, that will make you not want to leave the book down. Every act and opportunity brings the reader deeper into the lives and unfortunate happenings of the residents of Henslow, so much so, you literally have the sense of being an observer in this hilariously captivating storyline. Minter manages to deliver an exceptionally creative and imaginative comedy filled story, which will have your sides-splitting even for those silent quiet readers. A skilfully created book which combines the best of British rural life, with well developed characters, a curious and unpredictable plot and a level of hilarity not found for some considerable time. It exemplifies the best of British humour and comedy only found in the classic "Carry On movies" and another classic like "John Sullivan's - Only Fools and Horses".
This books is a good and well thought out farce in the mould of Tom Sharpe. There are misunderstandings and assumptions galore with a cast of characters designed to cause maximum friction between their personalities. The central concept - farming holes - means that no part of this can be taken seriously and is a delightfully surreal basis for the rest of the story to hang off of.
The book is essentially in three sections; the first concerns the setting up of Griggs Hole Farming and the golf course contract. Following this there are various accusations of attempted murder introducing the characters of the local reporter and various members of the police force. The third section involves the arrival of aristocracy to return the local stately home to its former glory, which requires several holes to be provided for the ornamental ponds.
I found the first and last thirds of the book humourous and witty, plenty of laugh out loud jokes and cringeworthy moments as befits a farce. The middle third I didn't enjoy anywhere near as much. I suspect this was mostly because people being arrested for attempted murder is not a very funny concept, even if the charges are obvouisly completely ridiculous and follow a bizarre series of events and assumptions. But once this part is over the third part returns to the form of the first with some terrific class snobbery and social climbing, the staple of many classic British comedies.
Overall this is an enjoyable book with plenty to recommend it. The middle section dropped a few marks for me and there are a higher than average number of spelling mistakes and incorrect words so I can't really justify 5 stars.
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