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Ancestral Vices 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 This is the second time I've read this book The first occasion was than thirty years ago and has always sat in the back of mind as an enjoyable read I was not disappointed the second time aroundThe 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 atThis was the first Tom Sharpe novel I ever read and because of it I have gone on to read nearly all his other books Ancestral VicesNot everything that counts can be measuredNot everything that can be measured countsAlbert 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 character Professor Walden Yapp is an unworldly academic and egalitarian that has been given carte blanche by an old and notorious English industrialist to write his family’s tarnished history The story winds through an array of colorful characters entailing dwarficide and a simple man’s false delusion that the truth always prevailsAs a fledgling sexagenarian I’ve grown to love the enormous diversity of the English language and Tom Sharpe is a true master in the use of that language 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 seuences 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 elementThe 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 Yapp who is sucked into Lord Petrefact’s machinations in the most awful waySharpe writes from the perspective that life is cruel and always will be He does this by visiting dreadful conseuences on Yapp for his involvement in Lord Petrefact’s machinations then uses Emmelia Petrefact’s character to ram the point homeIf you like cynical sharp witty and insightful writing then I recommend you read this Sharpe has been on my reading list for years and I’m glad I’ve finally got round to him Now I’ve got him in my system I doubt I’ll be able to get him out Even despite the rushed ending this is one of the absolute best farces I've ever read There are many many better Tom Sharpe books Read this for completeness but do not start here Ancestral vices broch Tom Sharpe Achat Livre | fnac Ancestral vices Tom Sharpe PAN Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en jour ou en magasin avec % de rduction Ancestral vices Livres en VO neuf ou occasion | fnac Retrouvez tous les produits Ancestral vices au meilleur prix la FNAC Achetez en ligne ou faites vous livrer dans votre magasin proche de chez vous pour votre Livres en VO Ancest Ancestral Vices eBook de Tom Sharpe Lisez Ancestral Vices de Tom Sharpe disponible chez Rakuten Kobo With his only friend a computer Walden Yapp has lived a singular life Professor of Demotic History at the University o Ancestral Vices by Tom Sharpe | Tom sharpe Book worth Jan This Pin was discovered by Kathleen Keon Discover and save your own Pins on Pinterest Book Review Ancestral Vices by Tom Sharpe | Ancestral Vices main cha Ancestral VicesNot everything that counts can be measuredNot everything that can be measured countsAlbert 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 Ancestral Vices by Sharpe Tom First Edition Ancestral Vices Tom Sharpe Ancestral Vices is a fair uality Tom Sharpe outing but definitely not among his best If you're new to Tom Sharpe then you're in for a treat if you read Blott on the Landscape or Wilt Tom Sharpe is an eual opportunity disliker whether you're liberal conservative gay straight industrialist environmentalist rich or poor there's probably a nasty word for whatever you Ancestral Vices Kindle edition by Sharpe Tom Ancestral Vices is a fair uality Tom Sharpe outing but definitely not among his best If you're new to Tom Sharpe then you're in for a treat if you read Blott on the Landscape or Wilt Tom Sharpe is an eual opportunity disliker whether you're liberal conservative gay straight industrialist environmentalist rich or poor there's probably a nasty word for whatever you com Customer reviews Ancestral Vices Ancestral Vices is a fair uality Tom Sharpe outing but definitely not among his best If you're new to Tom Sharpe then you're in for a treat if you read Blott on the Landscape or Wilt Tom Sharpe is an eual opportunity disliker whether you're liberal conservative gay straight industrialist environmentalist rich or poor there's probably a nasty word for whatever you Ancestral Voices The Ancestral Voices website the official hub for all information related to the Ancestral Voices documentaries which explore traditional African cosmologies and philosophies 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 muchStarted 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 For myself I was never a BIG fan of Fawlty Towers This seems funnier Not being British I suspect I'm missing some of this stuff but I'm hanging in thereLord Petrefact Montgomery Burns and Croxley Smithers Some suggestion of The World According to Garp can't remember where What's a twin set? A cardigan worn over a pullover jersey Usually the same color I could do without the poopy stuff My prejudice I guessNo big yucks last night but of a plot kicked in The sexual confusion scene wasn't particularly amusing but it was interesting to read what Walden's TRUE feelings for Mr Coppett are as she suddenly becomes MUCH compelling to him SEXAgain only a couple of guffaws during last night's reading and I'm less than convinced that the remainder will be any better The author has veered into the theatre of the cruel and absurd with the fate of the unfortunate Willie and it looks like much suffering is due to fall upon the scrawny shoulders of Prof Yapp as well We'll see BTW I don't find the manufacturing of sex toys and other related items to be inherently amusing but then I'm not British BTW #2 I'm reminded that the seemingly sexless out to lunch Ichabod like academicor something related is a pretty standard figure in British comedyFinished last night as the laughs tended to evaporate in barely amusing plot foolishness and overreach The car wash thingthe comic high point of the second half? Really? NOBODY is THAT stupid The supposed satire of this book seemed at times like axe grinding Seems like the author was after various targets the British class system the British justice system the British higher education system etc Anyway I can't bring myself to rate this a 2 so I'll say 275 rounding up to 3 and let it go A disappointment After a uiet 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 Hilarious Highly recommended


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About the Author: Tom Sharpe

Tom Sharpe was an English satirical author born in London and educated at Lancing College and at Pembroke College Cambridge After National Service with the Royal Marines he moved to South Africa in 1951 doing social work and teaching in Natal until deported in 1961His work in South Africa inspired the novels Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure From 1963 until 1972 he was a History lectur