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Nothing But The Blue,
This review is from: Porterhouse Blue: (Porterhouse Blue Series 1) (Paperback)
It was just bad luck I began reading Tom Sharpe with the incoherent The Wilt Inheritance, a novel (allegedly) so bad that I thought I'd been the victim of a practical joke. 'Persevere and try an earlier one', said a friend, so I did and it was Porterhouse Blue. Sharpe blasts powerfully away at a type of academia that exists only to provide brainless hooray-Henrys with rowing and rugger clubs, lazy academics with lavish Feasts, and working class lackeys (Skullion) with rotten jobs they both hate and cherish. The gas-filled prophylatics episode is great but even better is the mortally injured Master calling his wife for help at the Samaritans and eliciting only hearty exhortations to snap out of it, chin up, as she gets the wrong end of the stick - as she does with everything. Excellent stuff, though what anyone unfamiliar with the English class system makes of it is a mystery.