Friday, 2 March 2012
The Gropes - Tom Sharpe
Not a masterpiece but pretty impressive for an 80 year-old. Certainly the most amusing Sharpe I've read since 1978's The Throwback (which may well be the funniest book I've ever read).
Sharpe's comedy is unique with its horrendous predatory women and unappealing heroes. The comic novel is a British specialism with Sharpe at the extreme edge of the farcical range. He should be celebrated alongside Waugh and Wodehouse, but inexplicably isn't.