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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books; Large type edition edition (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753151618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753151617
  • Shipping Weight: 789 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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By Dragoon on Sept. 6 2012
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I read this book twenty years ago or more. I laughed until the tears were running down my face. I just re-read it and I had the same experience. Sit back and have a good belly laugh.
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By A Customer on Sept. 29 2004
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Tom Sharpe is a terrific writer of farce! This is his first novel and he spares no one in his story of apartheid South Africa.
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By Glen Engel Cox on Aug. 28 2002
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A friend in Britain and I sent each other some favorite books. Since David hadn't read much SF/F, I sent him Jonathan Carroll's Bones of the Moon and James P. Blaylock's The Last Coin. In turn, he sent me some British humor: Tom Sharpe and Clive James. James' books were quite interesting--a well-written autobiography with some sly touches that never quite had me belly-laughing, but kept me reading. Sharpe, on the other hand, I fell into with a gusto. From page one of Riotous Assembly, my hands were doing double-duty turning pages and trying to keep my sides from splitting.
Imagine the writer you would get if you mixed P.G. Wodehouse and Hunter Thompson, and then placed them in South Africa; that's Tom Sharpe. He indeed manages to combine the wit and language skills, as well as the awkward situations of Wodehouse with the sharpened pen of satire and low opinion of humans from Thompson, and his target is South Africa and the police forces there (I believe that he was jailed there for awhile, and ultimately deported).
Upon finishing Riotous Assembly, I rushed to see if I could find any more by this Sharpe fellow. Luckily, Vintage has brought him across the sea for our enjoyment. Indecent Exposure is the sequel to Riotous Assembly and just as funny; perhaps even funnier, given the satire of the Dornford Yates club (a group of Englishmen who adore the veddy British writer Dornford Yates who is clearly an analog for Wodehouse) within the larger South African satire. I also read Wilt, in which he drops some of the satirical and plays the perverted Wodehouse more. Wilt is okay, but I would suggest you try the South African novels first. If you're like me, you'll have to read Wilt or any of his other novels then--just because you can't get enough of this amazing fellow.
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By "ahmadku" on April 12 2001
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This is the first of Tom Sharpe's two novels set in South Africa. This is a very funny book. It is very perverse and zany fun.
The book begins with the murder of a black house wroker by a member of a prominent English family in the city of Piemburg. Enter the police. There is Kommandant van Heerden, who wants nothing more than to be English, Konstabel Els, who is renowned as a killer of blacks, and Luitenant Veerkramp, who is one of the slimiest and wiliest characters in the Piemburg police force. A routine police investigation turns into an armed confrontation between the unwitting members of the Piemburg police force, while van Heerden is unwillingly seduced by the murderer he is investigating. These are just a few of the hijinks that ensue as the police's irrational actions keep making the situation worse.
This book is excellent because Sharpe is able to expose the irrationality of apartheid and the actions of the authorities to keep this practice going. After reading this book, there is little wonder in my mind why Sharpe was expelled from South Africa in the '70s.
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By A Customer on March 26 2001
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with the other reviewers on this one! This is a great book. First of his books I've read, but as soon as I finished, I had to seek out more of his writing. A cunning wit, a barbed tongue and a brilliant mind. You will find your jaw dropping, you will find yourself laughing out loud. You will be apalled. You will be delighted. D*mned if the English don't really do certain things better.
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THE FUNNIEST BOOK ON EARTH!!The innermost workings of Tom Sharp's mind would indeed be an interesting intellectual pilgrimage for a Psychiatrist. Tom Sharp is a national security risk to any nation, he should as well be banned from Earth but unfortunately he would have infected some of us before then.
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