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The Bishop, Comedians, Professor, Brothel, Prison and Eels

de Clifford J. Hearn

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Clifford Hearn at his hilarious best as he roams through a farcical story of a bishop, a comedian, a professor, a brothel, a prison and eels.A master piece.It is really dedicated to comedians as they make us laugh at ourselves and cry in agony at our failings. A laugh out loud book and if you like Wodehouse you will love Hearn. He is probably the funniest author alive today and like all standup comedians knows the exact words to make us laugh and cry.ONE WARNING: Do not read this book in a public place unless you don't mind embarrassment.Comedians make us laugh when we need to laugh, and make us cry when we need to cry. They give us so much, but we give them so little in return and often they die alone and lonely. They tell us that they merely want to make us laugh at ourselves and cry at our own follies.So a fitting tribute to them is a farce in which we laugh and cry at a set of people who, in some aspects, very closely resemble ourselves.The title tells us something about the book but should perhaps have included 'The Judge' who comes to a very sticky end as a puddle on a pavement and of course WOW-LASSIE (Women of the World League Against Sex and Sexism In Entertainment) which battles sexism in TV shows.… (mais)

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"Best since Wodehouse" is written on the back of the book, I took this as a reference to PG Wodehouse, whose work I love, and was therefore really looking forward to this book. This may have been a mistake on my part or could otherwise be a bit of a misleading thing to write on the book - there is a similarity in style to some of the Blandings farces that have had me laughing out loud in the past but this book just didn't make me laugh. The Bishop, Comedians, Professor, Brothel, Prison and Eels is much darker, and aimed more towards a mature audience, than anything I've ever read by Wodehouse - this in itself isn't a problem but the humour just wasn't there in my opinion.

The intertwined stories were clever and actually quite enjoyable but not enough to live up to another claim on the back of the book that this is "a simple story which will be the best you ever read".

With thorough proof-reading and extensive editing this book could be a lot easier to read - this should make the story easier to follow and might make the humour stand out a bit more. If, at the very least, the typos and obvious errors that appear throughout the book, were removed, this might warrant an extra star.

My advice for the next edition of this book (other than the editing) would be to remove the over-stated comments on the back and put something more honest such as 'influenced by the works of Wodehouse' - creating high expectation in a reader is not a wise idea - if I wasn't writing a review of this book I probably wouldn't have finished it as I have lots of other books I'm looking forward to reading.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  MarcusB01 | Feb 3, 2016 |
I received a paperback edition of this book through a LibraryThing giveaway from the author and the following is my honest opinion.

The back cover of the book proclaims it’s the best since P. G. Wodehouse. Since there’s no mention of this British humorist’s name, I’ve got to assume he had been the biggest influence in Clifford J. Hearn’s wanting to write in this genre. However, I don’t think it had been the actual stories which had been the actual influence, but the televised stories on British television; that along with the British television Ripping Yarns [Michael Palin/Terry Jones from Monty Python’s Flying Circus], the author had watched as a child in London.

That said, this author’s short stories share an almost identical look at life itself, poking fun at society and those in it, with what P. G. Wodehouse had written. Each of Hearn’s stories, like Wodehouse, are a snippet, although somewhat disjointed, of the lives of his characters.

If you’ve watched the British comedy series Wodehouse Playing or the Ripping Yarns series written by Michael Pallin and Terry Jones [Monty Python] on PBS television [which I have when I’d been considerably younger] or the BBC, then you’ll know what to expect in this book. My laughter ranged from a mere groan to a belly laugh.

If you’re not into the British sense of humor, reading the stories in this book might take a little getting used to; but once you do, you’ll find this book quite an enjoyable reading experience. Please be aware the author uses British terminology and spelling of words at times.

As a whole I totally enjoyed reading this book, which is the reason I’ve given this book 5 STARS. ( )
  MyPenNameOnly | Nov 1, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is not normally the type of book that I read. However, when I read the description, it sounded interesting and so I requested. I was not wrong. There are so many levels to this book, I could not even begin to describe the story. You will have to read for yourself. This book will make you laugh and even at times make you cry. I enjoyed thoroughly how all the stories intertwined and how developed even the smallest characters were. Now for the trouble I had with the story. There definitely needs to be some more editing done. There were quite a few errors grammatically and in continuity. However, I enjoyed the story and that being said, I would definitely read more. ( )
  MDramagurl | Jul 31, 2015 |
I received this book from the LibraryThing member giveaway in exchange for an honest review. So therefore an honest review will be forthcoming.

I found this book to be incredibly disappointing in a number of ways. First of all it needs a good proof reader. There is a character called Skye who suddenly becomes Skype, there are conversations that confuse because no quotation marks are present, there are a number of words that have got through a spell check but are clearly typos or homonyms. This is very frustrating. I should have guessed this was going to be an issue from the cover, which was completely missing the commas it desperately needed.

Secondly, there were way, way too many errors of fact. Did John Steinbeck really write Nineteen eighty four? The set piece scenes in the prison and in the legal system, for example, were just silly with not even a grip on reality.

Thirdly, almost every chapter either started or ended with a paragraph saying something similar to, 'And now we'll leave X and move to another character who is currently up a ladder conducting a dolphin choir.' There is no need for this or for the irrelevant explanations that take away from the story.

These three things are relatively minor and could be sorted out by a decent editor and proof reader. The book could be tightened up and be significantly more readable. However, the issue remains as to whether anyone would wish to read it. For a book which included in the blurb the phrase, 'Best since Wodehouse,' which being unattributed is presumably not a genuine quote and rather just a boast, it was not funny. It tried to be funny but on every level it crashed and burned. I love to laugh while reading books but this failed to raise even a smile on any occasion. The only way this is the best since Wodehouse would be if nothing had been published apart from this since Wodehouse's demise. If you are going to put something as self aggrandising as this in your blurb, please make it at least accurate.

There were too many characters, most of them seemed to have no point to the story and were only there to provide some sort of supposed comic relief. None of the characters were real people, they were cardboard cut out representations of stereotypes.

I wanted to like this book but I'm afraid there was absolutely nothing good about it at all. It was so frustrating. I think the author needs to sit back and think about what he is doing before trying to write again. To fail for style is one thing, to fail for content another, to fail for both is dreadful. ( )
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Clifford Hearn at his hilarious best as he roams through a farcical story of a bishop, a comedian, a professor, a brothel, a prison and eels.A master piece.It is really dedicated to comedians as they make us laugh at ourselves and cry in agony at our failings. A laugh out loud book and if you like Wodehouse you will love Hearn. He is probably the funniest author alive today and like all standup comedians knows the exact words to make us laugh and cry.ONE WARNING: Do not read this book in a public place unless you don't mind embarrassment.Comedians make us laugh when we need to laugh, and make us cry when we need to cry. They give us so much, but we give them so little in return and often they die alone and lonely. They tell us that they merely want to make us laugh at ourselves and cry at our own follies.So a fitting tribute to them is a farce in which we laugh and cry at a set of people who, in some aspects, very closely resemble ourselves.The title tells us something about the book but should perhaps have included 'The Judge' who comes to a very sticky end as a puddle on a pavement and of course WOW-LASSIE (Women of the World League Against Sex and Sexism In Entertainment) which battles sexism in TV shows.

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