HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Indecent Exposure by Tom Sharpe
Loading...

Indecent Exposure (original 1973; edition 1974)

by Tom Sharpe

Series: Piemburg (2)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
557517,907 (3.81)4
Member:justjim
Title:Indecent Exposure
Authors:Tom Sharpe
Info:Pan Books (1974), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:
Tags:Booktown(08), Humour, Africa

Work details

Indecent Exposure by Tom Sharpe (1973)

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 4 mentions

Showing 5 of 5
Tom Sharpe's second South African novel and a brilliant follow- up to Riotous Assembly Once again the setting is Piemburgem, the deceptively peaceful- looking capital of Zululand, where Kommandant van Heerden, Konstabel Els and Luitenant Vekramp continue to terrorise true Englishman and even truer Zulus in their relentless search for a perfect South Africa. While that great Anglophile, Kommandant van Heerden, gropes his way towards attaining true 'Englishness' in the company of the eccentric Dornford Yates Club, Luitenant Verkramp, whose hatred of all things English is surpassed only by his fear of sex, sets in motion an experiment in mass chastity, with the help of the redoubtable lady psychiatrist Dr von Blimenstein, which has remarkable and quite unforeseen results. The Kommandant, hunting the fox in the Aardvark mountains, succumbs to the bizarre charms of Mrs Heathcote- Kilkoon, as Luitenant Verkramp's essays in counter- espionage backfire in the bird sanctuary. Once more, Konstabel Els, homicidal to the last, saves the day- or what's left of it- in one of the most savage hunts ever chronicled in fiction.
1 vote Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |

I managed to sneak copy of this adult book from my library as a child. It deals with sex, race and politics in an hilariously comic but intelligent fashion, that is only remotely suitable for adults and thinking of it makes me thank god that I don't have children so I don't have the moral conundrum of how to introduce them to the first book that made me want to read, when they really shouldn't be within a mile of it...

But for adults with a love of black humour you should already own this, along with the rest of the authors works.





( )
1 vote Hubster | May 12, 2013 |

I managed to sneak copy of this adult book from my library as a child. It deals with sex, race and politics in an hilariously comic but intelligent fashion, that is only remotely suitable for adults and thinking of it makes me thank god that I don't have children so I don't have the moral conundrum of how to introduce them to the first book that made me want to read, when they really shouldn't be within a mile of it...

But for adults with a love of black humour you should already own this, along with the rest of the authors works.





( )
  Hubster | May 12, 2013 |
Des policiers blancs livrés à la paranoïa ou à leurs obsessions sexuelles, des colons anglais qui rêvent d'un passé révolu, des beautés locales qui ne doivent un salut relatif qu'à la vitesse de leurs jolies jambes, tout ce beau monde exécute, grâce à Tom Sharpe, une gigue endiablée. Inspiré par dix ans passés en Afrique du Sud, il déchaîne son humour dévastateur sur le thème de l'apartheid. Après Mêlée ouverte au Zoulouland, il persiste et signe ce second opus encore plus déjanté... encore plus Sharpe !
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
Published in 1973, this is a farcical story of indiscretion, sex, blackmail, racism (both white on black and European on Afrikkan/Boer), all centering around the South Africn Police Department. Also rather satirical now when read with perfect post-aparteid hindsight. A bit tiring to read sometimes though - it seems like Sharpe was trying just a little too hard once in while to be funny
  nordie | Mar 19, 2010 |
Showing 5 of 5
Tom Sharpe's second novel returned to the fertile ground of South Africa and the characters of Konstabel Els, Lieutenant Verkramp and Kommandant Van Heerden. Following from the events of `Riotous Assembly', this follows the three leads as they unintentionally wreak havoc across the peaceful suburbs of Zululand.

This is an absolutely hilarious book. Sharpe's real skill is to take seemingly innocuous situations, then, logical step by seemingly logical step morph them into a bizarre and screamingly funny situation. All the steps seem sane and logical, but the end result is as far from it as you can get.

As well as the anarchic humour, there is the serious side. Part of what makes Sharpe's South African books stand out so much above the rest of his oeuvre is his study of the people and attitudes of that place and time. When I first read these as a teenager I could not believe that these were real characters with their casual racism and paranoias. I thought that these were caricatures with attitudes exaggerated for comic effect. I have, over the intervening years, learned that such people really do exist. Sharpe performs an important job by exposing the South Africa of the time for what it was, and satirising it so well.

An excellently written, eminently readable, hilariously funny book with a serious message buried under the laughs. Five stars, six if I could.
 
Deze Engelse kolderschrijver heeft reeds geruime tijd een vaste groep lezers in Nederland. Dit is één van zijn eerste boeken, waarin de grootmeester van het schuttingwoord en het schilderachtige sterfgeval zijn venijn omtrent de toestand in Zuid-Afrika spuit. Alle bekende elementen zijn in ruim mate aanwezig, met dit verschil dat Sharpe's persoonlijke mening een zeer duidelijke rol in de handeling speelt. Luitenant Verkramp tracht tijdens de vakantie van zijn baas, Kommandant van Heerden, zijn promotiekansen te verbeteren door een communistisch complot op te rollen dat er niet is. Verder moeten de politieagenten er toe bewogen worden niet meer met Kaffervrouwen te slapen, d.m.v. een spectaculaire ontwenningskuur van een uitermate zwoele vrouwelijke psychiater. Alles loopt falikant mis. Of de gecompliceerde vertelling van Sharpe van goede smaakt getuigt, mag ieder voor zich uitmaken, geestig en ingenieus is ze wèl.
 
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Information from the Russian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Information from the Spanish Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0871131420, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:00 -0400)

(see all 2 descriptions)

Bitter experience teaches Lieutenant Verkramp that a nympho psychiatrist, shock therapy treatment and exploding ostriches are not the ideal cure for disgusting 'anti-social tendencies' as practised by many of his subordinate police officers.

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
20 avail.
8 wanted
2 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.81)
0.5
1
1.5 3
2 5
2.5 3
3 29
3.5 6
4 40
4.5 3
5 30

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 99,073,951 books! | Top bar: Always visible