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on 11 March 2002
This is one of the funniest things I ever read. Coward's characters are full of live and wit and the whole plot - concerning the preparations of a royal visit to the island of Samolo - is hilarious from start. There are a few passages which I still laugh at when I remember them - the airport scene is unbeatable.
By recovering a few characters of an under-rated play ("South Sea Bubble") he makes the link between his work as a playwriter and as a novelist. If you know his short-stories you might find this quite lighter, much more nearer the witty world the plays from the late 20's and 30's. Anyway - Don't miss the chance of very good laughs!
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on 19 September 2008
Humorous novel set on the South Sea colony of Samolo where a Royal Visit is expected and the narrator, a mother of three, is dealing with everything from chicken-pox to the amours of a visiting Duchess
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on 14 July 2015
the Master's only novel and like he it is timeless; should be read whilst sipping Chardonnay on the lawn
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on 15 March 2015
Very cheap quality in every way - especially the print. Expected a little better
for the price.
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on 31 July 2009
I have wanted this for a long time - it was out of print. I read it years ago and am still chuckling. What a pity he didn't another novel. It's a real tonic
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on 15 January 2017
This man was a disgusting coward who bought child slaves and ran a muck! What a rotter!
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on 8 October 2015
interesting story
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on 30 August 2014
As expected
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