Sent down in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is the new schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools. Sports day arrives, and as the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe.
©2009 The Beneficiaries of the Evelyn Waugh Settlement (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
this book is good but it seems old fashioned to me and I'm not sure the humour translates well into the 21st century
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this reading of a classic text that I last read 45 years ago. Ultra fresh and ultra funny.
I will listen again to this story as it really is a giggle, the characters are delightful, even when they are unbearable.
I loved the sideline story about the child at the sport games who is grazed on the foot by a bullet from the starter pistol (a real pistol since no starter pistol had been obtained for the games). At first "a graze" it is later mentioned in passing as gangrenous, later we hear the boy's foot has been amputated & finally of his death. None of this is especially commented on but makes a delightful sideline to the story itself which is following such a similarly ridiculous route.
The end with Pennyfeather returned to Scone, havin convinced them that he is a distant cousin of himself & listening to the rowdy Bollinger club .
It did make me giggle & I had to share the story as it progressed, with my husband. Rather than being bored with hearing it second hand he was equally surprised & delighted with the turns the book takes.
I recently finished "A Dance To The Music Of Time" read by Simon Vance & thought that reading skills could not get much higher.Now I pick up this.This is not a marathon read as Vance's was but this is a superb reading of this great short comic novel.It is a 'laugh out loud' book & reading so do not read in church.
trying to see the world with my ears
Once I got into this listen, I found it as outrageously funny as PG Wodehouse but with the bonus of deeper social satire (some of which, notably on the educational system, still applies today)
I do not usually review but I should say that this was brilliantly presented by Michael Moloney - a real treat.
This narration never spoils, with brilliantly characterised voices including that of the matter of fact narrator. Worthy of Waugh's genius.
"very funny and extremely well read"
Totally agree with the previous three reviewers,
Very amusing, brilliantly read, thoroughtly enjoyable.
I wholeheartedly recommend it.
"Laughed all the way through"
Evelyn Waugh at his very best. Poking fun at all aspects of Society, whilst making many serious points. Characterisation supreme. Excellent reading brought it all to life.
This is very sharp, well observed, and most importantly read brilliantly. I have been chuckling ceaselessly to myself. My favourite audible purchase so far.
Michael Maloney does a terrific job with this. Wonderfully funny. Like hearing a whole cast of genius actors working brilliantly together. I immediately bought his reading of Put Out More Flags...
"May be classic but I was disappointed"
This audiobook is nicely read and has a pretty good story, but I was expecting a hysterically funny classic. When listening, I chuckled a couple of times and that was it. Maybe I'm too removed from the characters' situations, historically or financially, but I was disappointed and probably won't bother with Waugh again.
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