One Big Damn Puzzler Paperback – 1 Aug 2005
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"'A wonderful novel, written with great humour and a rare generosity of spirit.' - Deborah Moggach 'Wonderfully funny, original and moving. Harding has knife-sharp observation, immaculate timing and the guts to take his story as far as it will go.' - Helen Dunmore 'Underpinned with great love and humanity. A wonderful book.' - The Times 'Very funny...truly memorable...the third ace in Harding's hand is the ending of the book...it's quite stunning.' - Daily Express"
Hitting the funny bone and touching the heart, the glorious new novel by the author of What We Did On Our Holiday... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The title comes from Hamlet, of course. If you don't remember Shakespeare writing that line, that's because this Hamlet has been translated into the local pidgin English by Managua, the enigmatic tribesman whose literacy (and cunning) gives him the edge over his fellow islanders. The startling ways in which the islanders use their form of English to render certain concepts is often played for laughs, although never in a way that patronises the speakers; often, it's the islanders' language itself that seems to draw us into the book and creates the world in which the events take place - rather as Florence's idiolect did in the last of Harding's novels that I read, Florence & Giles. The vivid simplicity of their language, and the way that words are turned about to give them a whole new perspective, seems to echo the islanders' lives and beliefs: sometimes familiar, sometimes incomprehensible, and sometimes simply working to a different, but entirely valid, logic.Read more ›
It's a book that owes as much to The Tempest as to Hamlet and references other Shakespeare plays too but if you're not a fan of the Bard don't let that put you off. The memorable characters, humour and compassion combine into a delight of a book I highly recommend.
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strange mix of serious social criticism and farce. I was a bit bothered that it was patronising `natives'.
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The work,of a master storyteller. One of,the best novels I have read in recent times. Totally absorbing and you are sure you know every one of the three dimensional characters... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Constant Reader
Never read a story quite like it! In depth characters, funny, sad, interesting; loved every moment!Published 5 months ago by Marianne
Quite simply, the best book written in recent years.
I read it when it came out and this is for a friend. Read more
very funny in places, great characters bit Mills and Boon/Carry On towards the end .Published 11 months ago by TEM
A very funny piece of work. Engaging and full of interesting characters. Quite a lot of toilet humour too...Published 16 months ago by Joanne Davis
This is a big novel. A novelist who has been able to capture the capture and immersion of a culture to where it loses the point of its purpose. Read morePublished 19 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
One of my very favourite books of recent years. Vividly imagined and thoroughly convincing. Packed with invention and ideas, totally absorbing.Published 20 months ago by John Dilworth
A lovely romp through a clash of cultures love story with a comfortably predictable ending. Interesting discussion of after life.Published 20 months ago by June Jurmann