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on 24 February 2018
If Porterhouse had weird characters rated at level 5 Grind takes them to a full ten out of ten. And not for the better.

The over wordy, over descriptive and over eccentric characters and ideas are just so tedious and prevented the plot from progressing at any reasonable pace.

If you like listening to Will Self trying to prove he eats a dictionary for breakfast then maybe this book is for you.
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on 29 April 2009
I've read several Sharpe books before, such as Blott on the Landscape and Wilt, and was looking forward to reading this one after seeing the fantastic Porterhouse Blue television series. While this book has its moments, it's certainly not Sharpe's best novel. Mind you, it must be quite a challenge to keep up to the standard he has set himself with some classic novels in the past.

It was great to see the character of Skullion again but some of his funny stories about the college just tailed off in the manner of genuine recollections, which was realistic, but it made them a bit of a letdown in places. There were none of the enormously shocking and funny moments that Sharpe is so famous for and this book falls into the trap of many sequels in this regard, since it fails to live up to the brilliance of its predecessor.

I liked the sardonic character of the Praelector but though the new Purefoy character showed great promise, he failed to deliver the laughs I had expected. I thought that Lady Mary should have been used in more scenes (she disappears fairly early on) and that this was a missed opportunity. If I had written this I think some brilliant comedy scenes could have been created with Purefoy giving Lady Mary his report on the College but it wasn't to be.

Some Porterhouse Blue fans will like this as a trip down memory lane but this book is always going to be compared unfavourably with its predecessor. There were some good bits but they serve mainly to remind you of how good the first book was.
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on 27 October 2017
The second chapter of life ,and death, in Porterhouse College deals , in a darkly , comic , almost macabre way with a way of life that would be unbelievable but for the fact that you find yourself recognizing real people rather like seeing a familiar face in the most grotesque nightmare. Don't look for a happy ending...there isn't one. Just a sense of lives having run their course petering out not with a bang , not even with a whimper but with a frozen deserted silence.
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on 31 August 2017
Absolutely hilarious, a great follow on to Porterhouse Blue. The twists and turns of the fortunes of Porterhouse is a book you can't put down and great to see Skullion still pulling the strings. Loved it all the way through.
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on 25 October 2017
great fan of Tom Sharpe, bought to replace a loaned unreturned copy
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on 19 May 2012
Tom sharpe is back on form with this sequel to porterhouse blue, it's a dark witty tale full of strange characters in strange places with plots and sub-plots wit and savage humour a must read for any fan and a good introduction to anyone just discovering his work.
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on 4 May 2017
A bit laboured and tired.
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on 13 June 2016
Even better than Porterhouse, especially if you have any connection with Cambridge, not too far wide of the mark!
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on 5 March 2018
Just what you expect from Tom Sharpe. Wonderfully dark and complex characters and just the right amount of farce and smut.
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on 9 May 2015
Even for a Tom Sharpe novel, this is obscure and the characters contrived. I absolutely love Porterhouse Blue but I had to persevere to finish this one
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