- Title: Vintage Stuff
- Author: Tom Sharpe
- ISBN: 9780330269827
- Page: 130
- Format: Paperback
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Peregrine Roderick Clyde Brown, a bumbling British public schoolboy, has a penchant for taking the most innocent commands literally His adventures whisk him to a French castle, where he commits murder and mayhem British humor is rarely captured as effectively as this Fry accomplishes an incredible range of accents and distinctions of age, occupation and sex If hearingPeregrine Roderick Clyde Brown, a bumbling British public schoolboy, has a penchant for taking the most innocent commands literally His adventures whisk him to a French castle, where he commits murder and mayhem British humor is rarely captured as effectively as this Fry accomplishes an incredible range of accents and distinctions of age, occupation and sex If hearing an imitation of a man with a missing lower denture tickles you, then Vintage Stuff is right up your alley 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
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Con este libro lloré literalmente de la risa. Muy divertido.
Truly vintage Tom Sharpe. Whenever you feel the need to laugh out loud, he is the author you should turn to. Great book!
The book starts off with a brilliant setting and promises a fun-filled reading. But the later 3/4th of the book is a penmanship that is trying hard to be humorous. The story is never dull but for long stretches it is neither quite funny. The last 30- 40 pages are deliberate twists and turns to make sure that the story idiots are not in terrible trouble. Overall, its a good book to read and enliven the mind after a long day at the office but for me it does languish near the bottom in the humor ca [...]
The book started on an interesting and comical note. But after a while became a boring and definitely not funny at all.
Why did I read this? Because I was at the cabin, desperate for a book and this was the only one available. Fun at first, then clearly outdated.
The initial premise is very interesting and allows for a wildly funny first few pages. But then the book gets mired up in a preposterous plot turn, boring descriptions of the roadtrips and chases it creates, and continues to get worse and worse as it progresses. The humor is too grim this time around, I would hesitate to call it funny at all. The worst book from Sharpe so far.
Enjoyable, and mildly amusing. But unlike The Throwback, which I read recently, not laugh-out-loud hilarious and, as such, a tad disappointing which may entirely be due to having read this second, rather than first.
Ein Buch das nach wenigen Seiten in meinem Kopf die Hauptrolle mit John Gleese besetzt.Monty Python in schriftlicher Form, herrlich absurd.
Very amusing. Definitely one to read when you're feeling unwell
A funny novel illustrating that our so called "common" workaday reality is the back side of absolute absurdity.
If you're comfortable with the British sense of humour - invariably satirical - this is your book. A boy who takes everything literally - "take a page from this book" would prompt him to tear the book apart - is sent to a boarding school for underachievers, which teaches skills that we all need, such as surviving military assault while reassembling a log cabin (OK, I made that up, but you get the idea) by his frustrated parents. Turns out he excels at warcraft, and is a natural for involvement i [...]
I read this book as research for a novel I am writing (under a pen-name) as much of it is set in France. I am a huge fan of Tom Sharpe although his prose is somewhat dated these days.This book is so fast moving, that you need to stay very awake to keep up with Sharpe's wit and twisting plot.It is nowhere near his best book, but it is fun to read and I love the character of Perriguine on whom I have drawn some references. For me Wilt is still one the greatest satirical protagonists in any humour [...]
I'd call this funny in a nonsensical way. The situations that arose were hilarious, and there was quite a bit of dark humor in the final quarter of the book. You wouldn't have believed they'd take things as far as they did. My main problem with this book, the reason it doesn't get five stars, is that, as a reader, you don't really like any of the characters. You can't relate to them, you don't even care much what happens to them (which is actually a good thing, as you'll realize in the end). The [...]
The book has funny moments. But 2/3 the way through, the plot got too muddled for me. The books starts out simple and funny. By the end, it was complicated and required pushing myself to stick with it. I think the writer is quite talented so I'll read another of his books. I think this book is a five star book for some people. There are laugh out loud moments in it. The book is about a boy named Peregrine who takes everything everyone says LITERALLY. Tell him to get lost & he will. Tell him [...]
Delightfully delicious book, I picked it up this morning and didn't put it down again all day! It's written obviously as a comedy - it is Tom Sharp after all, but it mimics the classics like Buchan because of the story line. But it adds to the unique character of the book, and its absolutely not dated, as its harping back to "romantic" notions. And of course there are some plot twists you wouldn't necessarily see coming.Totally Brilliant!
Fabulous exposition of an excellently crafted plot. The fluidity in the narration and the monitored pace of the story is highly enjoyable. Of all the Sharpe novels, this stands to be my favourite. A simple plot and a silly incident is extracted and rendered into seemingly an international case of espionage, I just simply couldn't stop laughing or put the book down. It is duly recommended to all lovers of the comedy or satire genre.
Me gustó mucho como empezó, pero después se fueron yendo del tema (o tal vez el tema no era el que parecía al principio). No me movió nada la rivalidad de Slymne hacia Glodstone, me imagino que era irónica, pero me pareció infantil y rebuscada yBuéh, la cosa es que al final abandoné el libro. La vida es muy corta y las obras a leer, muchas. Me di cuenta de que me estaba no sólo aburriendo sino que también enojando, pero no lo descarto completamente. Quizá en el futuro le dé otra cha [...]
This is a book about a kid who does everything everyone tells him to do. Tom Sharpe is a funny writer; last year I enjoyed THE GREAT ESCAPE, which was about a secret author, a typist, and a mysterious manuscript! And arson!This is also a very small book; ideal for pockets and purses. It is glossy so will wick off subway grease, probably.
2.5 starsThe worst Tom Sharpe book I've read yet. Funny and enjoyable in parts, but it doesn't come together like his others that I've read, and while all of his book are unrealistic, this one is especially unrealistic.
Really stretches one's credulity in the extreme in exaggerating the practices and effects of "buy a degree' educational systems. Funny at times but not a throwback to the original level of humour in Sharpe's books.
This is a very sharp satire directed at Public Schools with very dark humour with master and pupil in preposterous situations taking in a journey to France and a French chateau and resulting mayhem. I read the book with a smile on my face throughout. A very enjoyable read
Not his best work but not his worst either. Made me chuckle a few times. Good old fashioned farce. Worth a read
Love his style. How does he think these absurd scenarios up? Probably a bit too un-PC for the space safe generation. Trigger alert lol
Wodehousian in the ridiculousness of the situations and the quirks of the characters. But black. And bleak. I like. :)
Ah, an old friend. Just as funny as the first time.
Awful (in comparison with the others). I particularly hate it because, before I read it this was the first Tom Sharpe she read, and so will not touch any of the others, which are so, so good
Classic humour, a sharp mind at work.Maybe a little dated now but, like Wodehouse, Sharpe will come back into fashion and favour.
Made me laugh out loud.
I read this book quite awhile ago but always found the characters very funny. Definitely worth a look.
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