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The Hippopotamus
The Hippopotamus
Author: Stephen Fry
Ted Wallace is an old, sour, womanising, cantankerous, whisky-sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic, but he has his faults too. — Fired from his newspaper, months behind on his alimony payments and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, Ted seeks a few months repose and free drink at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old fr...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781569470541
ISBN-10: 1569470545
Publication Date: 6/1996
Pages: 294
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Soho Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
An entertaining, well-paced, quick read. I have to admit that I skipped much of the start because I didn't like the character, but then the bile-spitting turned down to a palatable level and I'm glad I stuck with it. There were a few laugh-out-loud moments for me. Conclusion: Although I'm not compelled to seek one out right away, I might look for other Fry novels at some point.
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Helpful Score: 2
If you like Stephen Fry you will really enjoy this novel. Very entertaining, very funny. Well written. A fast read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Amazing book. The main character. Ted, may be a bit hard to swallow. He's a pompous know-it-all blowhard, but the way the novel is constructed makes up for it. In epistolary form, you get to see him as others do, and he's in turns a goofy drunk, as well as an insightful genius whose hard demeanor belies his tenderness.
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