- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre (3 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340961562
- ISBN-13: 978-0340961568
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mister Roberts Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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'Ridiculously entertaining' (The Times)
'A deliciously barmy, yet affecting cautionary tale...the considered, pitch-perfect prose of a talented novelist who also happens to have a wildly perverse imagination, and a store of beautifully delivered one-liners.' (Scotsman)
Among the very few comedians to write fiction which can be taken seriously as literature . . . It's also extremely funny. (Independent on Sunday)
Brains, wit and welcome absurdity...there is also a surprising amount of warmth (Guardian)
'Full of inventive comedy' (Herald)
Hilariously bonkers ( Red )
Critically acclaimed author Alexei Sayle introduces the curious tale of MISTER ROBERTS in his most funny and poignant novel yet.See all Product Description
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Those of you who have read Sayle's second short story collection The Dog Catcher will recognise the setting and some of the characters from the eponymous story of that collection. This may be a possible excuse as to why some of the characters are not as fleshed out in this novel as they could be. I would agree with those who wished the novel to be longer, but mostly on the grounds that reading anything by Sayle is a rare pleasure and it is always nice to have as much of his writing as possible.
Sayle's writing talents are too numerous to list, but I would say that creating characters is often where he is most comically inventive. A particular mention must go to a ginger-dreadlocked teenage bully named Runciman. As with his other works there is a masterful blend of comedy and brutality; banality and absurdity. He has been able to transpose that famed sense of humour into a concise literary prose style and shares more in common with the comic literary greats than he does with other comedians who have written novels.
If you want to start reading Alexei Sayle's fiction however, I wouldn't necessarily start here.Read more ›
Something made this not-quite-brillant, but maybe that's because I started with such high expectations. I did find Sayle's descriptions of various people's customs rather condescending, but then he did give much the same treatment to everybody. The story itself really finds its feet in the second half, and I'd definitely recommend it as worth a read.
Sayle's somewhat warped world isn't somewhere you'd want to live, but it makes for wonderful entertainment. Thought provoking too.
This is very short (a novella rather than a full novel), very funny and highly recommended.
Sorry Alexei, otherwise I think your great.
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Just the kind of story I love. Not a sci fi spoof, just a hilarious story of people out of place!Published on 28 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I think this book is very useful and easy to use. It was delivered very promptly in good condition. It will become a staple.Published on 21 April 2014 by Kate
if your into reading on holiday, you could do a lot worse than taking alexei with you, from the sublime to the ridiculous, all in his stride!Published on 1 Jan. 2014 by martie t
I've only read the first chapter, and I already expected this to be a bit mad like Train to Hell, but I really enjoyed it. Certain paragraphs were really top notch. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2011 by Andrew Ives
I enjoyed Alexei Sayle's 'Barcelona Plates' and thought this would be interesting and entertaining too. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2010 by William Eggleston
this book was very average I am 47 and I felt this book should have been in a teenage section in a library I would rather see alexei on tv than read his stuffPublished on 3 Nov. 2009 by David Wells