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Indecent Exposure This book is the seuel to Riotous Assembly and really keeps up the scathing and farcical attacks on the Apartheid regime It is Tom Sharpe at what i think his most cutting as through the jokes and ridiculous situations you can his views on such a deplorable system and the society that acted as if it was totally acceptable There is really no way to describe the storyline apart from my golden rule that I dont give away the plot or that there are no doubt far better reviewers than myself out there the situations the various characters find themselves in is totally impossible to describe while keeping any sense of reality yet when you read the story they make perfect sense for me this is a style that the likes of Douglas Adams made famous but is not the soul exponent of this is vintage Sharpe Okay the world has moved on Apartheid in its public form no long exists although we all know it hides behind other names and other faces now in fact the Africa depicted in these books has now be consigned to the history books yet still it is a fun read while reminding you of a much important message This novel is what you get when you combine racism police and electro shock therapy in South Africa This hilarious depiction of the stupidity and brutality of the old South African Police is one of the funniest books I have read in uite a while It will certainly never be picked as the assigned book for Afrikaaner Pride Week and the Enlish don't come out so great either but it is one of those laugh out loud funny books that you should think twice before reading it in public lest the folks around you think that you are a bit touched Wet your pants funny Its been to long since we have been able to make fun of apartide This is really good satire And the story construction is excellent Hilarious Satire re the South African police that is full of innuendos that had me laughing harder than I have in a long time This is his followup to Riotous Assembly I look forward to reading that book in the future A blazing satire of South African apartheid Indecent Exposure is Tom Sharpe's brilliant follow up to his Riotous Assembly Once again the setting is Piemburg the deceptively peaceful looking capital of Zululand where Kommandant van Heerden Konstabel Els and Luitenant Verkramp continue to terrorize true Englishmen and even truer Zulus in their relentless search for a perfect South Africa Talk about “black humor” or not this book is truly funny It would not have been funny when it was first published and apartheid existed in South Africa but I found it hilariousAfter reading the efforts of the Lt to bug his bosses house I was literally laughing out loud That seuence was one of the best I have read in some time and it set the pattern for the rest of the bookI recommend it to folks who can enjoy great writing without taking the subject matter seriously As a satiric take down of racist white society in arphatide South Africa this is a top rate book but time is merciless and the book is greatly eroded by homophobia and rape jokes At one time is probably was the height of yuks to have white policemen raping black women turned into flaming gays through shock treatment but it falls with a resounding thud today A french lesbian is buggered by an almost mythical creature of chaos and if not turned straight is almost whistful about the experience Another female character is raped by cabby and seems to think it is what she has coming Gah Unfortunately I can see this is totally acceptable for 1971 but almost ruins the book for me probably does ruin it totally for others So either I am being too sensitive or not sensitive enough I always find books written from around the 50s to the 80s particularly hard to forgive what is of their times precisely because it is relatively close to our own I was born in the late 60s If this book was written in the 19th century I'd be far forgiving or at least able to accept it as a different time If it was written in the last 20 years I'd have thrown it across the roomAll this obscures a book that I would compare to someone like Terry Pratchett on his top game But Sharpe is writing against something far evil and complicated and fraught In the 70s I'm not sure how many people were writing so bitingly funny and entertainly against apartide The book should be read for that while castigated for its apalling gender and sexual politics Black Humor That term is redefined by this Tom Sharpe novel Set in apartheid SA the uest for perfect White SA by Lt Verkamp the bumbling Kommadent van Hardeen's dream to be treated as true blueblood British the maniacal Dr vom Bliemstein's passion for turning any ordinary situation into a psychartist lesson leaves the reader in splitsTom Sharpe managed to keep in splits while simultaneously shaking my head and asking myself can this really happen? Sometimes a bit over the top the basic understanding a person must have before reading this book is to keep common sense out of the doorRip roaring comedy

  • Paperback
  • 247 pages
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Tom Sharpe
  • English
  • 22 August 2016
  • 9780871131423

About the Author: Tom Sharpe

Tom Sharpe was an English satirical author born in London and educated at Lancing College and at Pembroke College Cambridge After National Service with the Royal Marines he moved to South Africa in 1951 doing social work and teaching in Natal until deported in 1961His work in South Africa inspired the novels Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure From 1963 until 1972 he was a History lectur