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Stiff Upper Lip

(Antrobus stories #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Paperback, 94 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Quintessence Publishing (IL) (first published 1958)
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Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of his humorous works.
Glen Engel-Cox
Nov 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
A while back on rec.arts.books, someone asked for any recommendations of authors like P. G. Wodehouse. In the ensuing responses, this thin little volume by Durrell was mentioned. I recognized Durrell’s name from my research into travel literature, and thought I’d give his humor a try. These are short stories, told to an unseen chronicler (and fellow diplomat) by an older collegue named Antrobus. The service is foreign, in a generic country name Vulgaria (a cute little dig at snobbish English dip ...more
Natacha Cohen
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book quite by accident in the library at Yale University. I started reading very quietly and it didn't take me too long to be kick out of the library. I tried explaining to them that it wasn't my fault. The explosions of laughter were Lawrence's fault. But after about the tenth one, they weren't sympathetic anymore. Hands down funniest series I have ever read. And, obviously very well written.
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I do like upper crust British slapstick humor, but these stories, while funny lack joie de vivre. But maybe I just picture Lawrence as a stick in the mud because of the way he was described by Gerald Durrell in "My Family and Other Animals."

Also Matthew Goode plays Lawrence in the movie of MF&OA so that's worth checking out.
Peter Heinrich
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, humor
I feel like I'm missing some context for these stories. Were they treatments for a 1950s Foreign Service sitcom?
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Lawrence George Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for The Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century. A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell’s prolific career also included the groundbreaking Avignon Quintet, whose ...more

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