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Vintage Stuff

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  929 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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 hearing ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 7th 2002 by Random House Arrow (first published July 1982)
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Mikey Chapman
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!
Robert Hedley
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
Richard Beasley
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
Andy Frazier
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
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 Fun at first, then clearly outdated.
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 ...more
Sukumar Honkote
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 ...more
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.
Beau Wilkes
I am a fan of Tom Sharpe and I have really enjoyed his books, however, I would rate this book as average. I would not say it was one of his best.
Pretty much know what you are getting with these books, but its a great read. Very fun and highly silly. Exactly what you'd expect from TS.
P.d.r. Lindsay
Classic humour, a sharp mind at work.

Maybe a little dated now but, like Wodehouse, Sharpe will come back into fashion and favour.
The book started on an interesting and comical note. But after a while became a boring and definitely not funny at all.
Wodehousian in the ridiculousness of the situations and the quirks of the characters. But black. And bleak. I like. :)
Sharpe es genial como siempre, mezclando satira politica con argumentos que sorprenden en cada libro.
Ian Webb
I read this book quite awhile ago but always found the characters very funny. Definitely worth a look.
Michael Holley

Good read, as expected from Tom Sharpe. Keeps bubbling along and then farce at the end. Good solid stuff.
it's ok book, but i thought it was going to be a lot funnier then what it turned out to be
When you think one more totally off the wall crazy thing can happen, it does!
Jimmy Rafferty
Wonderful. The characters are so unbelievable that you can believe in them!
Old school British crass comedy thriller, good story, interesting characters...
Vikas Datta
A real vintage caper... uproarious but some avoidable passages...
IMHO not as funny as Wilt but funnier than Wilt sequels.
Joe Stamber
It was okay, readable if you're a TS fan.
Very silly, very funny, totally enjoyable
Aug 02, 2011 Tanja added it
Made me cry with laughter.
Made me laugh out loud.
of its time
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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 about Tom Sharpe...
Wilt (Wilt, #1) Blott on the Landscape Porterhouse Blue (Porterhouse Blue, #1) Riotous Assembly (Piemburg, #1) The Wilt Alternative (Wilt, #2)

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