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Indecent Exposure (Piemburg #2)

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A blazing satire of South African apartheid, Indecent Exposure is Tom Sharpe's brilliant follow-up to his Riotous Assembly. Once again the setting is Piemburg, the deceptively peaceful looking capital of Zululand, where Kommandant van Heerden, Konstabel Els, and Luitenant Verkramp continue to terrorize true Englishmen and even truer Zulus in their relentless search for a p...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published January 18th 1994 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 1973)
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Chris
This novel is what you get when you combine racism, police and electro-shock therapy in South Africa.
Eric
Wet your pants funny! Its been to long since we have been able to make fun of apartide.
JonSnow
If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett you will likely enjoy this riot of a novel. While it is not set in a world of fantasy, it has that ridiculous sense of outrageous and amusing humor that attracts us to Pratchett's discworld.

This is a satire which pokes fun at the south african police in Piemburg, as well as the race segregation, racism, sexism, sex, the British, and so much more. If you're easily offended by jokes about racism, homosexuality, sex in general, and sexism, this book might not be...more
Carye Yanko
This is really good satire. And the story construction is excellent.
Gopal Iyer
Black Humor. That term is redefined by this Tom Sharpe novel. Set in apartheid SA, the quest for perfect White SA by Lt. Verkamp, the bumbling Kommadent van Hardeen's dream to be treated as true blueblood British & the maniacal Dr. vom Bliemstein's passion for turning any ordinary situation into a psychartist lesson leaves the reader in splits.

Tom Sharpe managed to keep in splits while simultaneously shaking my head and asking myself can this really happen? Sometimes a bit over the top, the...more
Jana
Hilarious. Satire re the South African police that is full of innuendos that had me laughing harder than I have in a long time. This is his followup to Riotous Assembly. I look forward to reading that book in the future.
Jay Daze
As a satiric take-down of racist white society in arphatide South Africa this is a top rate book, but time is merciless and the book is greatly eroded by homophobia and rape jokes.

At one time is probably was the height of yuks to have white policemen raping black women turned into flaming gays through shock treatment, but it falls with a resounding thud today. A french lesbian is buggered by an almost mythical creature of chaos and if not turned straight, is almost whistful about the experience...more
Jamie
>This was given to me in a mixed box of books.

I found this really very funny in some places, Clockwork Orange meets Benny Hill type humour. However, it is undoubtedly dated.

I think it probably would be deemed seriously offensive by most modern readers and I think would have been rejected by modern publishers... The author got booted out of South Africa for writing this book, so if you are easily offended or the type of person who wants Enid Blyton re-written because of the 'sexism' this is de...more
Richard Beasley
Need to save up the 5 stars. This is great, but not as "must read" as riotous assembly.
There are many laugh out loud moments, but some it's are a bit formulaic, and I didn't think the return of Konstabel Els really worked. He was a brilliant invention previously, but here it feels like putting in Els because he was funny last time, but not really having anything to do.

But Verkamp's descent from straight odd into total lunacy is wonderful. As always Tom Sharpe realises that you cannot underestima...more
Monica
The cops from Riotous Assembly are back, and in fine form. Kommandant Van Eerden thinks he now has a British heart (he doesn't, the transplant surgery re-implanted his own heart) and goes off to spend two weeks in the country with the Dornford Yates Club, a group of British eccentrics given to potent cocktails, cross dressing and reenacting scenes from the works of The Master.

This leaves the rabidly racist (better dead than a black in your bed), rabidly anti-communist (better dead than Red) Luit...more
Alan Smith
This is an amazingly funny book, satarising the apartheid regime of the old South Africa, ultra-rightist authoritarian politics, faddish scientific reconditioning (a la "Clockwork Orange") and snobbery in general. Very few books have made me laugh out loud when reading it alone, and this one managed it.

However, my recommendation comes with a very important caveat. Much of the humour comes from the snobbishly pro-British lead character's attempts to ingratiate himself into a group that are obses...more
William Fraser
I first read this some thirty-odd years ago and found it to be one of the funniest books I had ever read. Having learned of the untimely death of Tom Sharpe, I dived into the depths of my pile of paperbacks and retrieved my copy, somewhat worse for age. The paper may have aged but the wit and humour haven't and it is still as funny as I remembered it.

Nobody comes out smelling of roses, not even Kommandant van Heerden, who goes ploughing through them on the back of his horrendous, black mount wh...more
Marina
I've only read the first chapter so I shouldn't really put the "read" tag, but it was what I had to do for CEL.
Aaanyhow, I really liked it but only after a second reading and a detailed analysis. It's so sarcastic and the irony well hidden between the lines that you have to watch out for it and give the reading your full attention. The first time I read it I knew nothing about the cultural background so I had to do quite a bit of exploring. It's quiet a difficult read, so maybe I'll come back to...more
Hub Masaq

I managed to sneak copy of this adult book from my library as a child. It deals with sex, race and politics in an hilariously comic but intelligent fashion, that is only remotely suitable for adults and thinking of it makes me thank god that I don't have children so I don't have the moral conundrum of how to introduce them to the first book that made me want to read, when they really shouldn't be within a mile of it...

But for adults with a love of black humour you should already own this, along...more
Jeffrey
Very, very funny. One of Sharpe's best efforts. Sharpe has the ability to use English and all of its crudities and shape it into a 'laugh out loud' satirical farce of epic proportions. It is no surprise to learn that he was "asked to leave" South Africa after this and 'Riotous Assembly' were published!

If you don't like crude language, don't read Sharpe's works. If you love the satirical use of bad language, then Sharpe is a master - he was a professor of English, and his skill with the language...more
Ruru Ghoshal
Raucous laugh, wot wot.
Felix Marwick
It's hard to think in this day and age that someone in the 1970's could write a comedy about apartheid in South Africa. This is a masterful piece of satire that neatly skewers the absolute ridiculous and twisted nature that was the South African state.

Written while Sharpe was at the peak of his powers this novel is laugh out loud hilarious. Though I suspect it'll have more impact with older readers - those who were able to observe the farce and disgrace that was South Africa's apartheid regime
Ranjana Gupta
It would have been funny if it wasn't tragic. Or maybe I should say, it would have been tragic, if it hadn't been so funny!!
Nonetheless, i found that I could not enjoy the book. The humour was too black and too blase for my taste. So, I do not think that I am going to pick up another Tom Sharpe soon.
Wajiha
Oh dear, Sharpe cuts to the bone, yet again. Black humour, innuendo, innuendo, innuendo, blatant imagery, innuendo, more stuffing of inappropriate items by Konstabel Els, more excruciating imagery, innuendo, honey-and-popcorn-coated-french-letters-ingesting-exploding-ostriches.

Good in small doses
Joanna Brown
Not many books make me laugh aloud like this one did, while grimacing at the inappropriateness (but I guess author was just being true to the era and place its set in). So cleverly written though. Brilliant minds like this guy are amazing.
Definitely a read in one sitting kind of book.
Rathi
Whoever thought humour could be this dark and twisted!! There were times when I wasn't sure if I should be horrified or laugh out aloud! With enough innuendos for 5 books, this one is a complete laugh riot and extremely wicked!
Lindsay
I didn't really connect to the characters in the book, and the story was a bit disappointing. There were some amusing ideas in it, but overall I found it a bit of a struggle to get to the end.
Micaela
Excelente! Nunca decepciona! Creo que nadie más podría hacer una sátira más inteligente y divertida del Apartheid! Por algo tuvo que huir de Sudáfrica jajaja
Dennis
Rest in Peace mr. Sharpe, you gave me much to laugh about in your books. For anyone needing a smile Sharpe's books are higly recommended

Bob Hartley
I explained the story to my then tutor helping me resit my English AS exam and she pissed herself. AND RIGHTLY SO.
Sean solomon
Great sequel to the first book "Riotous Assembly". Totally believable characters in a series of farcical scenes
Swanny
Very funny continuation of the hilarious story of a very sad time in (a still very sad)south afracan country
Fernando Álvarez
Muy bueno! La gente me miraba raro en el metro cuando me partía de la risa leyendo este libro :-P
Jimmy Rafferty
Almost impossible to follow Riotous Assembly, but he managed it wonderfully. Utterly hilarious.
David
See Riotous Assembly. More of the same, which is in itself a hell of an achievement.
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Tom Sharpe was an English satirical author, born in London and educated at Lancing College and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After National Service with the Royal Marines he moved to South Africa in 1951, doing social work and teaching in Natal, until deported in 1961.

His work in South Africa inspired the novels Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure. From 1963 until 1972 he was a History lectur...more
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