Vintage Stuff Paperback – 20 May 1983
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"When Tom Sharpe turns his attention to a very minor public school- the result is predictably savage. Hoaxes, chases, car crashes, shootings, and general mayhem. Wicked riotous humour" (Daily Telegraph)
"Wildly hilarious pot-shots at the public school system and the sacred cows of adventure fiction" (Observer)
"You'll enjoy this wild and, in places, wildly funny story- It is all an hilarious send-up of the Dornford Yates style of thriller with some modernistic Sharpe barbs added" (Daily Express)
"One of our best contemporary comic writers- very, very funny" (Birmingham Evening Mail)
"Excellently funny" (Auberon Waugh Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A hilarious dose of British farce from Tom Sharpe, the bestselling author of Wilt and Porterhouse Blue. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Tom Sharpe has no respect for the PC culture as all of his best books were produced before anyone had heard of Political Correctness.
For the rest of us... this book is so funny you will embarrass yourself if you read it on public transport.
Sharpe seems to do what all of us have dreamed of, to ridicule, in print, those teachers who gave him a hard time at school and to point out they are all kids, and bullys themselves who never had the courage go out into the big wide world they sent us to.
Just try it!
It tells the story of the rivalry between two masters at a below par public school. One obsessed by old fashioned adventure stories and the other obsessed with getting revenge on his rival. Throw in a stupid school boy who has been turned into a sociopathic killing machine and send them on a harebrained adventure into the wilds of France to rescue a countess who has no idea that she even needs rescuing and you have your story.
Fleshed out with sex, violence, politics and explosions it makes for a page turning read.
Having said that, this has none of the empathy that helps to cut this farcical slapstick and turn it into something more than a romp, the stuff that makes such classics of Wilt and Blott on the Landscape, which is a bit of a shame. Enjoyable but not a classic.
When Peregrine Clyde-Brown is sent to Groxbourne school by his father, he is in a for a surprise. Peregrine does very well at his new army training school but Peregrines problem is not his forever failing O-levels or his brutal dad's threats but the fact that Peregrine takes everything literally. When Mr Glodstone tells Perry about fantasy adventures in distant countries, Perry is enthralled and when Glodstone starts receiving letters from a mysterious "damsel in distress", Peregrine and Old Gloddie set of on what seems to be the biggest task of them all. But will everything end so happily ever after?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As in previous posts of Tom Sharpe books, revisiting after about 20 odd years and loving every page. Still very funny.Published 4 months ago by kevin
My favourite Tom sharpe book. I just love the combination of farce and quest. Highly recommended.Published 9 months ago by harold larwood