Ancestral Vices

Ancestral Vices This title involves left wing academics right wing capitalists true blue country gentry workers peasants police and lawyers

  • Title: Ancestral Vices
  • Author: Tom Sharpe
  • ISBN: 9780330266352
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • This title involves left wing academics, right wing capitalists, true blue country gentry, workers, peasants, police and lawyers.

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    1. It took me a while to discover Tom Sharpe, who wrote mainly in the 70's and 80's, but when I did I got hooked. Sharp is the word for his satires on modern British life, with all varieties of phonies and poseurs viciously skewered. This one's about an embittered old oligarch who hires a radical academic to write a scathing history of his family, just to annoy his relatives. Whether doing social commentary or mere slapstick, Sharpe is just damn funny.

    2. Ancestral VicesNot everything that counts can be measured.Not everything that can be measured counts.Albert EinsteinAncestral Vices by Tom Sharpe is another hilarious spoof about our brothers of higher learning. Tom Sharpe’s articulation and enormous vocabulary is again put to good use in his depiction of a college professor and university lecturer. In the well established tradition of Sharpe’s Wilt series, he brings rip-roaring laughter both in and out of the classroom. Ancestral Vices main [...]

    3. This is the second time I've read this book. The first occasion was more than thirty years ago and has always sat in the back of mind as an enjoyable read. I was not disappointed the second time around.The story is beyond all reality but totally enjoyable and funny. The characters may be caricatures but that is what makes it so enjoyable. It is definitely black comedy and sure to be offensive to some, that is in part what the book pokes fun at.This was the first Tom Sharpe novel I ever read and [...]

    4. My next book thanks to the recommendation of GR friend Griselda. Starting tonight. My copy is an elderly but not-much-used inter-library library hardbound edition from the Boston Public Library. Doesn't look like it's been checked out much.Started this last night and, indeed, the author had me laughing out loud a few times. At times an intended "funny thing" fell flat in the face of my own prejudices, but I am enjoying myself. There's a bit of Basil Fawlty in the character of Prof. Walden Yapp. [...]

    5. The farce kicked off pretty early on, about 100 pages in. The master mind behind the action is Lord Petrefact who is loathed by all and sundry with very good reason. One of my favourite sequences in the novel involves a mechanised Victorian bath, a professor and a runaway wheelchair. In many ways it reminded me of Pratchett without the fantasy element.The tag line on the front cover describes the novel as ‘savage’ and it is just that. I couldn’t help but feel immense pity for Professor Yap [...]

    6. Tom Sharpe is Yes Minister meets Fawlty Towers. That essential Britishness mixed with a simple story which ends up tying everyone up in knots. Amusing certainly, probably wouldn't say laugh out loud funny although I could imagine it being so on TV or in a play. The plot is plausible and the characters can definitely be imagined in your favourite little village. Would recommend everyone to read it for the sheer fun of it.

    7. La historia se me hizo interesante, no creí que fuera a tomar el giro tan radical que tomó, pero aún así resulta entretenida, mucho, en todo el sentido de la palabra. Es la primera vez que leo a Tom Sharpe y no me resultó tan humorístico comparándolo por ejemplo con Wodehouse(al menos en este libro). No recurre tanto a la risa en sí sino a toda la situación en general viéndola con ironía y crítica social, mucha crítica social, que Wodehouse también la tiene, pero no la expresa de f [...]

    8. My Uncle lent me this book. He's English and well mannered and loves a good giggle over fart jokes and fannies. His favorite movie is Ace Ventura. He pulled this off his shelf and handed it to me. "This is brilliant, but you need to love farce." I read 100 pages of it and didn't crack a smile. Am I not English enough? Some of the references were clearly cultural and over my head, but others even a well-read Brit my age probably wouldn't get. As other reviewers have pointed out, these jokes, and [...]

    9. A friend lent me this ages ago, and i've finally got round to reading it. You'll have it back soon Christiana!With Mrs Thatcher's death bringing back to my mind all things eighties, reading this book, released in 1980 took me back to that world. Militant Left-Wingers, Right-Wingers, Old Money, the class war, all those things which seemed to matter then but maybe not as much nowadays. It's a farce, a form i'm not too familiar with. There are no heroes, all those involved seem to be a combination [...]

    10. While the comedic style of farce is generally associated with the theatre, nowhere is the function of farce in British literature as fantastically demonstrated as in Tom Sharpe's 'Ancestral Vices' (among his other works).First published in 1980, 'Ancestral Vices' is a work of farcical genius. While most of the situations most of the characters find themselves in are deliberately exaggerated or unrealistic, there is a subtle political commentary behind all the madness going on. The professor Wald [...]

    11. This is a very funny book. A number of times had me laughing out loud. Tom Sharpe is not only a writer of really good farce, but quite the word-smith who can bring to life situations both mundane and outrageous with remarkable skill. He also pokes fun at the class system, opinionated people and how people interact with PORGS (Persons Of Restricted Growth).By far the best scene is the one involving the bathtub and wheelchair, though the dwarf balls scene definitely gets a shout out.A nod also goe [...]

    12. This one reminded me of the Wilt novels, which is a good thing. I think the second half is better than the first half, so you should not short-change the book by not reading it to the end; if you find yourself insufficiently humorously aroused, just take it from the top and ignore any potential high-mindedness in characters you might dislike a little (this is a book about the murder (?) of a Person Of Restricted Growth, after all) (s, that would be a dwarf) (I incidentally find the term Vertical [...]

    13. Never having spent time in th UK, books like this gem make me feel I could wander the streets of an English country town and read the behaviour of the locals like a book. It might be a bit too risky to take Ancestral Vices as one's guide, however, as the mayhem is rampant. It is also, very very amusing. Viva Tom Sharpe! Viva!

    14. After a quiet start this develops into a brilliant satyrical farce on the higher education of the time and on business. There's some great dark humour, a dash of dark slapstick and a chunk of insight. Times have changed, and this is a book of its time, but I still really enjoyed it. Tom Sharpe is a master of taking the mickey.

    15. Laugh out loud on the train funny.Dribble of wee funny.Aching jaw funny.Uncomfortable, disturbed, looking half-away from the page funny.Tom Sharpe is simply one of the funniest writers I have ever read, and I've read a lot of books.A master of the art of schadenfreude - the art of laughing at someone else's misfortune.So what more can I say?Highly recommended.

    16. Don't listen to it and melt glass at the same time! Daughter wanted to know what I was laughing at, Willie's little wobbler!On audiobook. Read by Griff Rhys Jones with lots of accents and voices. It's doubly hilarious!

    17. Libro sublime. Tom Sharpe en estado puro, de los pocos escritores que te hacen reír a carcajadas y en este libro lo vuelve a conseguir. Situaciones absurdas y totalmente inverosímiles en cada capitulo, recomendable al 100% para los que quieren pasar un buen rato.

    18. Tom Sharpe no seu melhor.Tem algumas partes absolutamente hilariantes, de riso compulsivo e (quase) interminável. Principalmente motivadas por diálogos fantasticamente absurdos.Aconselho a quem gosta do estilo.

    19. One of the few books in my entire life that I put down mid way through and never returned to. I don't know if that's overkill but I just couldn't get into the story line, it felt a little drab!

    20. There were places that made me double up with laughter, but not as many as I was expecting. Ending seemed rather hurried.

    21. Not as good as his usual books. I felt like the ending was rushed and a few things left unfinished but overall very funny.

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