In this witty and wickedly enjoyable novel, Kingsley Amis paints a uniquely unusual picture of old age. The five inhabitants of Tuppenny-hapenny Cottage, along with Mr Pastry and Pussycat, live an extraordinarily bizarre life at the best of times. But when grandchildren arrive at this curious commune to do their Christmas duty, they little expect the riot of aging delinquency that is in store for them.
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The five main characters and their rather frugal way of life in old age is described superbly and we can picture them together very well indeed. None are very likeable and one old man is particularly obnoxious, but circumstances and tenuous connections have brought them to live together in a run down old cottage a long way from anywhere. They have only each other to rely on for any kind of company most of the time.
There are moments of comedy and wit amidst the exchange of insults and conversation, but to me it was rather sad. The humour is sardonic and when directed towards individual people, as in this book, it often comes over as merely unkind.
Timothy West could not be faulted and portrayed all the different characters perfectly.
You have to read this book. It is hilarious. Timothy West is simply brilliant. One of the most enjoyable and delightful books I have ever read. My first time with Kingsley Amis but not the last. The same can be said of Timothy West. He is perfectly marvellous. Everything about this audio book is beyond description. I will listen to this again many times.
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