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Vintage Stuff

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,117 Ratings  ·  38 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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Sukumar Honkote
Jan 23, 2013 Sukumar Honkote rated it it was ok
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
May 05, 2014 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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 Fun at first, then clearly outdated.
Jul 02, 2013 Varsha rated it it was ok
The book started on an interesting and comical note. But after a while became a boring and definitely not funny at all.
María Greene
Dec 25, 2015 María Greene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 y...

Buéh, 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 chance.
Mikey Chapman
Jul 30, 2014 Mikey Chapman rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 03, 2015 Ahindrila rated it it was amazing
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.
Robert Hedley
Mar 09, 2014 Robert Hedley rated it really liked it
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
Apr 08, 2015 Brett rated it liked it
2.5 stars

The 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.
Richard Beasley
Mar 02, 2014 Richard Beasley rated it did not like it
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
Feb 27, 2012 Andy Frazier rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2007 Kristin rated it really liked it
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
Alan Gill
Nov 18, 2015 Alan Gill rated it really liked it
Not his best work but not his worst either. Made me chuckle a few times. Good old fashioned farce. Worth a read
Rich Taylor
Mar 29, 2015 Rich Taylor rated it really liked it
Ah, an old friend.

Just as funny as the first time.
Dec 28, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
An enjoyable farce.
Eugene Dunne
Apr 14, 2015 Eugene Dunne marked it as to-read
I'm at
Page one
Feb 12, 2015 Solocol rated it really liked it
Absurdly funny
Hazal Ustundag george
Oct 29, 2014 Hazal Ustundag george rated it really liked it
Nov 15, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it
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
May 16, 2014 Beau Wilkes rated it liked it
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.
Mar 18, 2011 Ellie rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it really liked it
Classic humour, a sharp mind at work.

Maybe a little dated now but, like Wodehouse, Sharpe will come back into fashion and favour.
May 01, 2013 Gowri rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2012 Ian Webb rated it really liked it
I read this book quite awhile ago but always found the characters very funny. Definitely worth a look.
Michael Holley
Jun 12, 2012 Michael Holley rated it really liked it

Good read, as expected from Tom Sharpe. Keeps bubbling along and then farce at the end. Good solid stuff.
Sep 15, 2011 Crickett rated it it was ok
it's ok book, but i thought it was going to be a lot funnier then what it turned out to be
Jan 11, 2012 Katrina rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor
When you think one more totally off the wall crazy thing can happen, it does!
Jimmy Rafferty
Aug 10, 2013 Jimmy Rafferty rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. The characters are so unbelievable that you can believe in them!
May 08, 2011 Bodrul rated it liked it
Old school British crass comedy thriller, good story, interesting characters...
Vikas Datta
A real vintage caper... uproarious but some avoidable passages...
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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
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