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Barry is one of my favorite Australians so I was fairly open minded to recieve and persist here. One of the most entertaining features is that on almost every page Barry drops a word that is not really in everyday usage. This became a real part of the books structure and although character development and plot weren't really treated with the same finicky obsession, his intelligence and wit shines and is quite endearing - especially for a fan. Although they appear in different guises, Barry slips ...more
This book looked fairly promising but in the end I just found it disappointing. I was particularly annoyed at the constant referrals to Kiwi women (New Zealanders) having a name ending in '-wyn' and saying 'wee' all the time. This might have been funny if it was typical but it isn't so it wasn't. I didn't see the point. It was lame. Some of the book was mildly amusing but on the whole, it left me feeling a little disgruntled.
It was funny, of course, although I didn't laugh out loud too often. It was a tragi-comedy which managed to build tension very skillfully right up to the end. I had a lot of empathy for the likeable and flawed main character and I actually found it quite sad and poignant. It was a really well crafted novel and fun to read quickly.
John Barry Humphries is an Australian comedian, satirist, dadaist, artist, author and character actor, best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife and "gigastar", and Sir Les Patterson, Australia's foul-mouthed cultural attaché to the Court of St. James's. He is a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an awa ...more