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Mr. Wakefield's Crusade

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One day, the man in front of Luke at the post office drops down dead in line. Instinctively, Luke's hand snakes out and slips the corpse's unposted letter into his pocket. With this impulsive act, he begins a search for justice.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published January 1st 1985)
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Julia Simpson-Urrutia
Sep 03, 2012 Julia Simpson-Urrutia rated it it was amazing
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Cast in a comedic likeness of J. Alfred Prufock, Mr. Luke Wakefield is the loneliest of 20th century literary heroes, for he is a self-professed failure. Even his failure fails for he manages to inherit a sizable fortune from his estranged mother and live in luxury in a penthouse overlooking Regent's Park in London. happily, the more convinced we become of Luke Wakefield's existence, the more is our delight.

This is a mystery, for such is the nature of the crusade. He is always planning to make
Jun 27, 2014 Frances rated it liked it
This is a typically well written, very witty but slightly dark tale from Bernice Rubens. It is an easy read, cleverly plotted with a neat surprise ending. Good fun.
The book starts “My name is Luke Wakefield and I am a failure. All my life, almost forty years of it, I have been a loser”. Fortunately, through an inheritance, Luke can live comfortably and not work. One day a man in the post office queue next to him falls down dead. Luke picks up the letter the dead man was about to send and takes i
Jun 18, 2015 Phil rated it liked it
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I first knew of this book because of a BBC TV adaptation in the 1990s, starring the present Doctor Who, Mr Peter Capaldi as the eponymous Mr Wakefield. And it's a clever, quirky little tale - Mr wakefield is a man who has failed consistently in life from childhood, who then inherited several million from his estranged mother (being her only living relative, via his unknown American chain-store-owning stepfather), so he is jobless, bored, living in luxury while hating his ex-wife who left him for ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Niamh rated it it was amazing
what a great book! :-) it was so funny and it kept you interested all the way through, + a really good + satisfying ending! :-)
Mar 19, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
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I read Mr Wakefield's Crusade some years ago. It is one of my favourite books. Funny, moving, even tragic, well-written - everything a good book should be.

I loved it.

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Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year ...more
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