Today's review is from Fabian who is one of the top 100 reviewers on Goodreads, the world's largest book review site!
Many warnings are skipped merrily by our main man Tristram Randolph, a Lucky Jim-like figure who stands as figurehead (headmaster) of a new school. He is compiling a staff for his boarding school outside of England, in the ficitional land of Diskebapisbad. Logos, emblems are all comically wrong, dirty anagrams placed upon the uniforms; the staff all represent one or several of the capitol sins: they are lazy, selfish, all but teachers. It feels itself too special; all professors are involved in their own inanities, mostly comedic and mostly vapid. The novelty of this crew of novices is sublime!
They all subscribe to that (tyrannical!) thought that instilling in their classes a "proper British language" will sate the politicoeconomic elite. Wrong! With silly symbols and wacky situations including a golden bidet, the haunted colonial past, pigs, ducks and dinosaurs, and far-flung lost relatives, I think I may have found one of the genuine candidates for BOOKS OF THE YEAR.
The confused British soul lies here--fumbly, proper, and properly beaten. Much is lost in translation: in the casual or business exchange of conqueror with the conquered. To anglicize a lost land is obviously a mega bad idea ("No rich theatrical tradition here... the only tradition was the art of survival." ). But portrayed in this way, with panache to spare, with satire in dollops, we can ACTUALLY laugh all about this internal realization.
Auriel Roe, I am your fan!
And here's another review from this month's blog tour from Leah at Reflections of a Reader...
I was delighted when author Auriel Roe approached me about reviewing her second novel Let The Swine Go Forth. A Blindefellows Chronicle was published last year and I adored that, you can read my review here. I wondered what could possibly follow that up and I wasn't quite prepared for what did...
Let The Swine Go Forth contains the signature melding of ideas and thoughts that made me love this authors writing. The slight edge and the quirkiness that pulls the reader in, knowing that there is nothing quite like this around and if there is I haven't come across it.
Let The Swine Go Forth is full of humour but with an underlying seriousness and some political points are touched upon with great aplomb. Set in a school under a totalitarian regime where the teachers each represent one of the seven deadly sins.
There is much to be admired here in the characterisations in particular as they are led by Tristram Randolph who it has to be said has a naivety that makes him all the more appealing. His adventures prove to bring much hilarity.
This book has further cemented my admiration for this author who brings her teaching experience to the page with massive dollops of humour and an imagination without boundaries. I fail to see how any reader would not be belly laughing whilst reading this and it would also make a cracking film.