The Gropes (PDF)


  • Paperback
  • 256
  • The Gropes
  • Tom Sharpe
  • English
  • 16 August 2020
  • 9780091930905

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Tom Sharpe ¼ 1 FREE DOWNLOAD FREE DOWNLOAD Ê The Gropes It is one of the surprising facts about Old England that one can still find families living in the same houses their ancestors built centuries before and on land that has belonged to them since before the Norman Conuest The Gropes of Grope Hall are one such familyA brilliantly funny novel about what happens when the women take charge T. The Gropes is a terrifically funny Tom Sharpe novel Yes yes I can see my positive assessment runs counter to nearly all other reviews postedMany reviewers judge The Gropes a disappointment a story where author Tom Sharpe appears to have been simply following his long established comic formula to win some laughs after all the British author wrote The Gropes at age 80 with over a dozen sidesplitting novels already to his creditWe can understand such harsh judgement here since a reviewer usually relies on comparison as part of their stockpile of analytic tools in assessing a work freuently contrasting the book with the author s overall output And Tom Sharpe s oeuvre rates phenomenal novels like Riotous Assembly send up of the South African police force Porterhouse Blue send up of academia The Wilt Alternative send up of well all strata of British society I wonder what reviewers would say if Sharpe published The Gropes as his one and only novel Oh well that s the breaks Tom You ve been hoisted on the petard of your own past success Anyway with The Gropes we have the author s vintage broad over the top Monty Python style absurdity and slapstick literary fiction with enough helpings of the politically incorrect to offend readers inclined to be offended But for those courageous booklovers up for something completely different a la John Cleese s Python intro this the author s shortest novel will be a delight As for myself reading proved so much fun I could hardly put the book downThe tale opens thusly Grope Hall in the hinterlands of northeast England specifically in the County of Northumberland possess a history lapsing into legend a legacy of dominant women fierce of temperament hideous of looks and unsurpassed of strength women who must resort to kidnapping men to father their daughters baby boys are either strangled or kept on as slave labor a proud tradition extending to the years prior to the Norman Conuest when Ursula Grope took a sick Viking by the name of Awgard back to her sod hut and forced the huge muscular warrior afflicted by illness to marry and take on the name of Grope By the turn of the twentieth century Grope Hall is headed by a brood of huge musclebound extremely ugly women and fortified by stone walls and barbed wire Just to make sure outsiders are kept out a pack of snarling bloodhounds and two angry Spanish bulls grace the grassland of the estate But modernization finally catches up the Grope women and by the closing years of the century nearly all flee the deadly isolation of Grope Hall And then we read It was to this isolated estate and ancient farmhouse that as the new millennium dawned Belinda Grope niece of the now aged Myrtle brought a young and largely callow youth named Esmond Wiley Tom Sharpe makes a uick shift to Esmond Wiley s boyhood and the backstory of his parents Mr Horace Wiley and Mrs Vera Wiley So as not to reveal too many surprises as the story bounces along I ll simply highlight a uartet of my favorite bitsPounding Heart Ever since she was a teenager Vera immersed herself in Barbara Cartland type romance novels she lived in a world in which men gentlemen of course proposed marriage passionately on clifftops under a full moon with the waves crashing on the rocks below We watch as Vera presses miluetoast bank manager Horace Wiley into the role of passionate romantic and to think the reserved mild mannered sop only wished to have the comforts and stability of married life Poor deluded man if you only knew Victim of Passion Vera named her son Esmond after a character in one of the romantic novels she happened to be reading shortly before his birth Vera attempted to mold Esmond into the ideal romantic gentleman It was bad enough to be called Esmond but to see also the image of Vera s romantic hero littering the house and on sale in every bookshop and newsagent he went into was enough to make even an insensitive boy aware that he could never live up to his mother s hopes and expectations On top of this every single time Esmond accompanied his mother in public she would announce in a loud voice that Esmond was her love child a true love child without the faintest idea that people understood her to mean her son was a little bastard born out of wedlock Meanwhile Esmond couldn t begin to comprehend the dynamics of the situation since he was too busy enduring the jeers catcalls and whistles of any and everyone who happened to be in the vicinity at the time Doppelg nger Poor poor Horace Wiley the guy simply can t win Esmond Wiley made a mockery of his father s hopes He resembled Mr Wiley so precisely that there were moments in front of the shaving mirror when Horace had the terrifying illusion that his son was staring back at him The same large ears the same small eyes and thin lips even the same nose confronted him And then on his fourteenth birthday when Edmond s Uncle Albert gives him a drum set for a present Horace s only escape from the racket is to leave early for work and return late at night after stopping at the local pub to fortify himself with the hard stuff Bumblers Events move apace until a grand explosion at the home of Uncle Albert prompts the local newspaper to write POLICE TERRORISTS BLOW HOUSE UP WHO NEEDS TERRORISTS WHEN WE VE GOT THE SECURITY POLICE As with his skewering the South African police in Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure Tom Sharpe can t help himself when the local men in blue arrive on the scene Again The Gropes is the author s shortest novel the publisher stretches the book to 247 pages by large font and multiple black spaces If you re up for several hours of satire and extreme slapstick a novel well worth your timeBritish author Tom Sharpe 1928 2013 Higgledy Piggledy the Hen Who Loved to Dance living in the same houses their ancestors built centuries before and on West Wing to Maternity Wing land that has belonged to them since before the Norman Conuest The Gropes of Grope Hall are one such familyA brilliantly funny novel about what happens when the women take charge T. The Gropes is a terrifically funny Tom Sharpe novel Yes yes I can see my positive assessment runs counter to nearly all other reviews postedMany reviewers judge The Gropes a disappointment a story where author Tom Sharpe appears to have been simply following his Tales from a Young Vet long established comic formula to win some An Honorable Gentleman laughs after all the British author wrote The Gropes at age 80 with over a dozen sidesplitting novels already to his creditWe can understand such harsh judgement here since a reviewer usually relies on comparison as part of their stockpile of analytic tools in assessing a work freuently contrasting the book with the author s overall output And Tom Sharpe s oeuvre rates phenomenal novels Bulletproof BodyguardHeiress Recon like Riotous Assembly send up of the South African police force Porterhouse Blue send up of academia The Wilt Alternative send up of well all strata of British society I wonder what reviewers would say if Sharpe published The Gropes as his one and only novel Oh well that s the breaks Tom You ve been hoisted on the petard of your own past success Anyway with The Gropes we have the author s vintage broad over the top Monty Python style absurdity and slapstick A Christmas Wish literary fiction with enough helpings of the politically incorrect to offend readers inclined to be offended But for those courageous booklovers up for something completely different a Devil's Due la John Cleese s Python intro this the author s shortest novel will be a delight As for myself reading proved so much fun I could hardly put the book downThe tale opens thusly Grope Hall in the hinterlands of northeast England specifically in the County of Northumberland possess a history Apple Blossom Bride lapsing into Hot Spell Harleuin Blaze legend a The Promise He Made legacy of dominant women fierce of temperament hideous of Seven Wonders Journals looks and unsurpassed of strength women who must resort to kidnapping men to father their daughters baby boys are either strangled or kept on as slave The Defiant Debutante labor a proud tradition extending to the years prior to the Norman Conuest when Ursula Grope took a sick Viking by the name of Awgard back to her sod hut and forced the huge muscular warrior afflicted by illness to marry and take on the name of Grope By the turn of the twentieth century Grope Hall is headed by a brood of huge musclebound extremely ugly women and fortified by stone walls and barbed wire Just to make sure outsiders are kept out a pack of snarling bloodhounds and two angry Spanish bulls grace the grassland of the estate But modernization finally catches up the Grope women and by the closing years of the century nearly all flee the deadly isolation of Grope Hall And then we read It was to this isolated estate and ancient farmhouse that as the new millennium dawned Belinda Grope niece of the now aged Myrtle brought a young and Gold Rush Groom largely callow youth named Esmond Wiley Tom Sharpe makes a uick shift to Esmond Wiley s boyhood and the backstory of his parents Mr Horace Wiley and Mrs Vera Wiley So as not to reveal too many surprises as the story bounces along I Tested by Fire ll simply highlight a uartet of my favorite bitsPounding Heart Ever since she was a teenager Vera immersed herself in Barbara Cartland type romance novels she Rancher Daddy lived in a world in which men gentlemen of course proposed marriage passionately on clifftops under a full moon with the waves crashing on the rocks below We watch as Vera presses miluetoast bank manager Horace Wiley into the role of passionate romantic and to think the reserved mild mannered sop only wished to have the comforts and stability of married Even in the Darkness life Poor deluded man if you only knew Victim of Passion Vera named her son Esmond after a character in one of the romantic novels she happened to be reading shortly before his birth Vera attempted to mold Esmond into the ideal romantic gentleman It was bad enough to be called Esmond but to see also the image of Vera s romantic hero Maybe This Christmas? littering the house and on sale in every bookshop and newsagent he went into was enough to make even an insensitive boy aware that he could never The uest live up to his mother s hopes and expectations On top of this every single time Esmond accompanied his mother in public she would announce in a The Rich Stranger loud voice that Esmond was her Sleeping Beauty Suspect Harleuin Intrigue #970 love child a true Christmas with Her Boss love child without the faintest idea that people understood her to mean her son was a Hunters Moon Night Warriors #4 little bastard born out of wedlock Meanwhile Esmond couldn t begin to comprehend the dynamics of the situation since he was too busy enduring the jeers catcalls and whistles of any and everyone who happened to be in the vicinity at the time Doppelg nger Poor poor Horace Wiley the guy simply can t win Esmond Wiley made a mockery of his father s hopes He resembled Mr Wiley so precisely that there were moments in front of the shaving mirror when Horace had the terrifying illusion that his son was staring back at him The same The Bad Luck Wedding Cake Bad Luck Wedding #2 large ears the same small eyes and thin The Accidental Bodyguard lips even the same nose confronted him And then on his fourteenth birthday when Edmond s Uncle Albert gives him a drum set for a present Horace s only escape from the racket is to One Good Man leave early for work and return Branded Whitehorse MT Chisholm Cattle Co #1 late at night after stopping at the Soldier CagedSeducing the Mercenary local pub to fortify himself with the hard stuff Bumblers Events move apace until a grand explosion at the home of Uncle Albert prompts the In Care Of The Sheriff local newspaper to write POLICE TERRORISTS BLOW HOUSE UP WHO NEEDS TERRORISTS WHEN WE VE GOT THE SECURITY POLICE As with his skewering the South African police in Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure Tom Sharpe can t help himself when the Soldier Caged large font and multiple black spaces If you re up for several hours of satire and extreme slapstick a novel well worth your timeBritish author Tom Sharpe 1928 2013

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Tom Sharpe ¼ 1 FREE DOWNLOAD FREE DOWNLOAD Ê The Gropes Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes Young Esmond is powerless to escape and his kidnap sets in motion a stream of farcical events that will have readers laughing out loudTom Sharpe's trademark humour abounds in this new novel marking him out once again as an outstanding and uniue British storytelle. This must be the most uninspired book by Tom Sharpe that I ever read The plot is tenuous at best and it ends in a fizzle unworthy of the writer of such gems as the Wilt series Thankfully the story is rather short and I managed to complete it fairly uickly no mean feat considering that I got bored of it relatively early and I trudged on simply because I hoped it would redeem itself in the end Sadly my hopes remained just that Avoid Refined Tastes Sugar Confectionery and Consumers in Nineteenth Century America The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes Young Esmond is powerless to escape and his kidnap sets in motion a stream of farcical events that will have readers Transforming Students laughing out Sociology of Higher Education Contributions and Their Contexts loudTom Sharpe's trademark humour abounds in this new novel marking him out once again as an outstanding and uniue British storytelle. This must be the most uninspired book by Tom Sharpe that I ever read The plot is tenuous at best and it ends in a fizzle unworthy of the writer of such gems as the Wilt series Thankfully the story is rather short and I managed to complete it fairly uickly no mean feat considering that I got bored of it relatively early and I trudged on simply because I hoped it would redeem itself in the end Sadly my hopes remained just that Avoid


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    DOWNLOAD Ç PSSBIGCARBOW.XYZ ¼ Tom Sharpe Tom Sharpe ¼ 1 FREE DOWNLOAD READ The Gropes It's a 4 star read perhaps 35 But it's too short If it were longer it would get five It's light it's very funny but the book feels as if it's half a book I'm currently reading Full Moon by PG Wodehouse and it's similar in a fashion Except that Full Moon is a full book too Yes it's light and fluffy and wonderfully funny

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    The Gropes (PDF) I've always had problems with Sharpe's abrupt endings but the stories he spins are amazing I would've given it a 3 if not for the bizarre characters

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    READ The Gropes Tom Sharpe ¼ 1 FREE DOWNLOAD The Gropes (PDF) I usually love Tom Sharpe but was disappointed hereThe funny situations are there but they don't seem to lead anywhere

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    The Gropes (PDF) DOWNLOAD Ç PSSBIGCARBOW.XYZ ¼ Tom Sharpe A pleasantly funny and very easy to follow comedy of errors typical of Sharpe’s style Just what I needed to keep my mind off what’s happening in the world right now

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    The Gropes (PDF) READ The Gropes This must be the most uninspired book by Tom Sharpe that I ever read The plot is tenuous at best and it ends in a fizzle unworthy of the writer of such gems as the Wilt series Thankfully the story is rather short and I managed to complete it fairly uickly no mean feat considering that I got bored of it relative

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    The Gropes (PDF) So dissapointing Very obviously written to a now tired formula there is little new here Bullying women timid hus

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    The Gropes (PDF) Worst ever from Tom Sharpe A shadow of his old self The final 40 50 pages are just embarrassing and reminded me of the little essays I wrote a

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