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The Adventures of Goodnight and Loving

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At 43, George Goodnight, lawyer for a London newspaper, is sick of his boring, structured life, so when his wife files for divorce he jettisons orderly routine for aimless travel. In Thomas's hands, Goodnight's round-the-world romp is delightful, touching, unpredictable, utterly engaging, at times hilarious. Selling his stamp collection piecemeal to fund his exploits, and calling himself Oliver Loving (after a famed New Mexico frontiersman), Goodnight has dozens of adventures, in settings ranging from the Australian outback to a Fort Worth mansion (where he becomes an English butler and cuckolds the owner); he escapes an Arab sheikdom, inadvertently smuggles drugs, runs a Filipino leper colony, tracks down a missing girl, befriends a blind youth. Through it all he is the perfect, unflappable Englishman, bemused, skeptical, calm, somewhat cynical, resisting his newspaperman boss who tracks him down in an effort to turn his trip into good copy. A real page-turner from a popular British author ( The Virgin Soldiers ), this episodic globe-hopping picaresque saga is also a serious, first-class novel.
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About the Author

Leslie Thomas was born in 1931 in Newport, Monmouthshire, the son of a sailor who was lost at sea in 1943. His boyhood in an orphanage is evoked in This Time Next Week, published in 1964. At sixteen he became a reporter, before going on to do his National Service. His novels include: The Virgin Soldiers, Orange Wednesday, The Love Beach, Come to the War, His Lordship and The Man with the Power. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (October 31, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0753106868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753106860
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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I am a huge fan of Leslie Thomas. After reading this book I read all the Dangerous Davies books as well. This man is truly funny and kind. A rare combination. So much comedy is edgy, this is just lovely and joyous and wild and wacky, but not silly. Love it, love it, love it.
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This has been one of my favourite escapist books for many years. Have read it many times. And have also visited some of the places the hero has gone to - well,not actually inside the Shimla skating rink but outside. The Alice and more. The writer's informative, droll but attention-keeping style adds value to the plot.

Have recommended it to a number of men (I don't think women like it!) who have been going through low patches.

And recommend it to you!
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Extremely amusing story about a typical midlife crisis that take you along with Charles Goodnight on a wild trip around the world.
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This is one of Thomas' best stories. A laugh on almost every page. You could read it over and over!
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