Blott on the Landscape

by Tom Sharpe | Humor |
ISBN: 0330250809 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcatsalivewing of Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on 8/4/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcatsalivewing from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, August 4, 2007
The landscape is flawless, the trees majestic, the flora and the fauna are right and proper, the whole is picturesquely typical of rural England at its best. Sir Giles, an MP of few principles and curius tastes, plots to destroy all this by building a motorway smack through it, to line his own pocket and at the same time to dispose of his wife, the capacious Lady Maude. Sir Giles recruits to his side Hoskins, a corrupt local official, Lord Leakham, the environmental equivalent of a hanging judge, and Dundridge, a troublesome bureaucrat with an unhealthy passion for order. Against this powerful lobby are ranged a mere handful of local residents led by Lady Maude. Hardly at first sight a team to withstand the batteries of official inertia, Compulsory Purchase Orders and bulldozer blades. But Lady Maude enlists a surprising ally in her enigmatic gardener Blott, the Dresden born, ex-Italian naturalised Englishman, in whom adopted patriotism burns bright. Lady Maude's dynamism and Blott's concealed talents enable them to meet pressure with mimicry, loaded tribunals with publicity and chilli powder, requisition orders with wickedly spiked beer. To every official ploy Blott and Lady Maude oppose their own ingenious and unprincipled countermove until in a spectacular finale Blott, with four hundred tins of baked beans among his armoury, takes on the army single-handed. This explosively comic novel will gladden the heart of everyone who has ever confronted a bureaucrat, and spells out in riotous detail how the forces of virtue play an exceedingly dirty game when the issue is close to home.

About the Author
Tom Sharpe was born in 1928 and educated at Lancing College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He did his National Service in the Marines before going to South Africa in 1951, where he did social work before teaching in Natal. He had a photographic studio in Pietermaritzburg from 1957 until 1961, when he was deported… From 1963 to 1972 he was a lecturer in History at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. In 1986 he was awarded the XXXIIIème Grand Prix de l’Humour Noir Xavier Forneret. He is married and lives in Cambridge.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcatsalivewing from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, August 4, 2007
This was very good. I wish I had watched the TV series now. Very English, very witty, and very well-written.

Journal Entry 3 by wingcatsalivewing at Aussie Post in Every Book VBB, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, November 15, 2007

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Sent to Potok-fan in Finland for Round 2-11.

Journal Entry 4 by potok-fan from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Saturday, January 19, 2008
This arrived in the post on Thursday. Thank you! :)

Journal Entry 5 by potok-fan from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, January 21, 2008
Hmmm. It was lovely to get new reading material just now, and so I sort of gobbled this up, but didn't enjoy it the way I'd hoped I would. The humor was so heavy-handed!

I hadn't twigged that Sharpe was also the author of Porterhouse Blue, a book which I'd heard a lot of hype about and then found disappointing. [This was years ago!] At that time I felt a little insecure about not appreciating it... Now I realize I am just not the right person for Tom Sharpe's humor.

Still, thanks cats for passing it along!

Journal Entry 6 by Cinnamon234 from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Saturday, April 19, 2008
Picked this up in todays BC-meetup here in Turku.

I like P. G. Wodehouse's books so if this is anything like those I should enjoy this. Will be going to my TBR-shelf and hopefully I'll get to read this soon.

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It is time to let this book free again. I will take it to the Turku BC-meetup but if no-one takes it from there then it will be released in either Kerttu (restaurant) or the nearby park.

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