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Nosy Neighbour Letters From The Village Of Long Bottom, England Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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From the Publisher
This is a funny book, great gift idea. Please tell your pals and family of this great book. The Movie is in the works as it is a Great British Village Story.
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Set in the remote village of Long Bottom, England, this book sees the life of retired submariner Capt. Frobisher through his outrageous letters. Always complaining, the Captain interrogates the residents of Long Bottom through the medium of mail, complaining to the police, the council and even the water board! Frobisher remains undeterred despite the rejection he encounters and he continues to distribute his humourous letters. Be it for a holdiday, a gift or just a new read, this book is perfect, so buy it today!
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In Cooper's book, spoof letters are sent to various customer services departments containing madcap ideas. Given that these departments try their best to be accommodating, they sometimes reply, even to the more outlandish ones. This can lead to a very funny correspondence.
However, in Nosy Neighbour Letters, all the letters are contrived, fictional. The humour vanishes when that element of genuine mickey-taking is lost - what you're left with is a series of letters that purport to be from an eccentric (who doesn't really exist), with replies from other people (who don't really exist). There isn't much to laugh at - I smiled once, but the whole thing is really just not that funny.
It's like watching a good episode of 'Beadle's About', and then comparing it to a set-up with actors replacing the gullible members of the public. It just doesn't feel real.
Don't waste your time on it - life's too short, and there's plenty of funnier alternatives to choose from.
If you want to see how letter writing from lunatics should be, check out The Timewaster Letters - Robin Cooper's excellent work is considerably better than this.