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Bigot Hall [Paperback]

Steve Aylett
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Sept. 1 2002
Bigot Hall is the nightmare home of a family most people would rather forget. Uncle Burst's belief that his face is made of pasta is one of the milder notions with which he regales the family. Uncle Snapper is confined to a treehouse because of the uncontrollable urges he feels once is gun is loaded. Uncle Blute drowned in the lake at the wheel of his Morris Traveller, where he remains perfectly preserved. And Nanny Jack refuses all efforts to bury her and strikes terror into her relatives' hearts as she abandons yet another final resting place. Throughout this happy breed strolls a nameless anti-hero, who, when not kidnapped by clowns or puzzling out the fossilised family tree, is passionately in love with his spaced-out sister, Adrienne ...
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Steve Aylett is 36. He lives and works in Brighton. If he were any more English he'd be dead. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky Feb. 18 2003
Format:Paperback
I laughed out loud many times when reading this. I became a huge Steve Aylett fan after reading Slaughtermatic and this collection of stories certainly doesn't disappoint. The episodes with Roger Lang and in general anytime Snap and the Verger get together are hilarious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The comparison to In God We Trust Aug. 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
is excellent. Imagine Jean Shephard's childhood with the surrealistic slant of alien boarders, living dead relatives, incestuous daydreams. Yes, you will shoot your eye out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As funny as choking on a toy poodle April 23 2001
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Steve Aylett, Bigot Hall (Serif, 1995)

I spent the first few pages of this book alternating between offense and amusement. After a while, it hit me that I hadn't laughed out loud this many times per page at any book in quite a while, so I dropped the offense.

Imagine In God We Trust - All Others Pay Cash (the book that inspired the classic film A Christmas Story) jacked up on PCP and going on a crime spree and you have Bigot Hall, Steve Aylett's impressionist biography of hands down the most interesting family in all of literature. The narrator, a nameless adolescent called "laughing boy" by friends and family alike, turns his jaundiced eye upon most every family member and lodger at the family's country estate, a living (or at the very least highly unstable, from a dimensional perspective) mansion known as Bigot Hall. Amidst the witty repartee (and this would make a good handbook for those who like to find stultifyingly obtuse .sig files) these rather twisted characters come to life quite nicely, to the point where one can almost believe some of the book's most outrageous moments. I won't spoil them for you, you'll have to read it yourself, but let's just say Aylett pulled off a pretty nice chunk of real estate in making the Verger's predicament seem not only plausible, but completely in line with the rest of the doings about him.

As with all books of the "selected glimpses of life" genre, there's no plot here, so the book must rely on nothing but character development to succeed, and it does so quite nicely. It's also choke-on-your-manacles funny from beginning to end. ****
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We are all God's children... whether he likes it or not." Jan. 25 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Steve Aylett is one of those author's who are best recommended to others by merely pointing to his book repeatedly while nodding wide-eyed. Nothing you can possibly say can prepare someone for the twisted tales from Bigot Hall, although an easy attempt would be to describe it as The Addams Family, only darker, British, and considerably less polite. If you like black humor in a gothic vein, mixed heavily with poetic pseudo-logic that makes your eyes bleed, than this is the book for you.
As Laughing Boy so eloquently states, "The most amusing thing about a pantomime horse is the necessity of having to shoot it twice."
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5.0 out of 5 stars An irony fractal mapped to the agony plane March 7 1999
By zmason@servicesoft.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If reading Borges, playing with the Mandelbrot set, and maiming mimes are three of your favorite passtimes, you may be so taken with this book that every other author starts to read like Jane Austen. Aylett's prose is a finely-crafted caustic, guaranteed to give purulent hives to every patch-elbowed realism Creative Writing workshop leader. Clever yet not unbelievably insipid. If every author less interesting than Steve Aylett was stacked like cordwood on the moon, Id be the last to ask questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky Feb. 18 2003
By P. Godin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I laughed out loud many times when reading this. I became a huge Steve Aylett fan after reading Slaughtermatic and this collection of stories certainly doesn't disappoint. The episodes with Roger Lang and in general anytime Snap and the Verger get together are hilarious.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The comparison to In God We Trust Aug. 3 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
is excellent. Imagine Jean Shephard's childhood with the surrealistic slant of alien boarders, living dead relatives, incestuous daydreams. Yes, you will shoot your eye out.
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