“Do go on,’ he said. ‘There’s nothing I enjoy more than listening to a highly trained intelligence leapfrogging common sense and coming to the wrong conclusions. It gives me renewed faith in parliamentary democracy.”
Books are not just for informing and discussing ideas that shape humanity. They are in the hands of a good novelist a window into humanity displaying our warts and all for us to see. When done with humour and a story that is a page turner we enter an even more select group of authors.
Tom Sharpe was such a writer. If his death today is the first you have heard of him then please take this opportunity to enter a world of wondrous characters that will stay with you. For my generation he is our P.G. Wodehouse.
My favourites were “Blott on the Landscape”, “Wilt” and “Vintage Stuff”.
Summer has come back to England. Recline in your garden chair this weekend, grab a Tom Sharpe book, and celebrate one of the best writers of comic farce we have produced.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog