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Riotous Assembly by Tom Sharpe
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Nov 15, 11

bookshelves: fiction, humour

This book is a masterpiece of satire and slapstick humour set in Apartheid South Africa. With the release of Mandela and the fall of Apartheid it is possibly less funny and less relevant. The plot is frankly ludicrous, the characters absurdly drawn (or so I thought until a Boer told me I was "a waste of God's good oxygen" three years ago) and his attention to detail - the use of local anaesthetic injections to prevent premature ejaculation, for example - is masterful. The books written around this time a Sharpe's zenith as a satirist.

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