Ancestral Vices

by Tom Sharpe | Humor | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0330266357 Global Overview for this book
Registered by servalan of Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on 7/6/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by servalan from Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, July 6, 2004

I remember reading Ancestral Vices for the first time, on a train. And did I laugh? I howled, I wept, I was a helpless, quivering jelly for minutes at a time. The other passengers probably assumed I was having a fit or seizure.

In terms of plotline and characterisation, it is typical of Sharpe: the English class system is torn apart like tissue paper in a vicious social satire; the male characters are unsympathetic pedantics and deviants; women are often hideous gorgons. Yet there are two qualities that also come out in a Sharpe novel - a quaint love of the fault-ridden society with its appalling mores, iniquities and moral dilemmas, and a darker subtext presenting the evils of meddling with that society.

Like few other writers I know, Tom Sharpe has an unerring eye for the ridiculous, and a rapier wit to exploit a farce to its most extreme potential. Some people might call it juvenile, schoolboy humour (including Sharpe himself), but that undersells his skill as a writer.

Journal Entry 2 by Littlemave at Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, January 13, 2013
Thanks servalan!
Ditto the last j/e too :)
I did start reading this a while ago but didn't get into it, which is strange as I have loved his stories in the past.

Released 11 yrs ago (11/15/2012 UTC) at National Library of Australia in Parkes, Australian Capital Territory Australia


We had a lovely walk all around Parkes releasing books, then followed by lunch at the National Gallery during our Uncanvention in November 2012. Before leaving for the afternoon I left this book outside the rooms where you can research family history. :)
I think I have a photo somewhere....

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