The Throwback: Tom Sharpe: Amazon.co.uk
First of all I think Tom Sharpe is brilliant, one of my favorite authors of all time (okay, so I haven't lived that long yet, but you get what I'm saying). Though I have read several books of his, this one is by far my favorite (and that's saying a lot, because the other ones' are pretty good too). This book is british humor at it's finest. Dry, sharpe and highlarious. He presents many explicit and at times perverted situations, but without never stooping to a level of cheap, trashy jokes. I wouldn't call him classy, because I think he just limits himself to point out the obvious and describe the situation calmly. It is what it is, and that makes his points that more funnier. Simple, but not dumb. I think this is one of the few books, where I actually started laughing out loud several times. The plot is simple-Edwin Flawse is an old, conservative and grumpy man who has isolated himself completely from the modern world. He lives with his bastard grandson Lockhart and both live like they were living in the last century. Since Lockhart was deprived of the outside world and a more "humanatary" education during his upbringing, he is clueless about almost any topic (especially the sexual one) and acts more on his instincts than anything else. Things get stirred up the day he falls in love with a girl etc. etc. I am not going to tell the rest, because I don't want to ruin it. It's a definet read, I consider it to be a masterpiece.