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So it is great to read a writer that is prepared to be rude, even if he completely overdoses on the comedy in what leaves, and in certain atypical social groups enters, the arse. And yet, even in this book there are groups that the author chooses not to offend. There is still an element of protectionism towards certain left of centre ‘BBC type standards’ of middle-class self-righteous piety. Perhaps that is genuinely the ground Saunders rests on, like some latter day Ben Elton, or just perhaps this author still compromises comedy to protect certain of his sacred cows.
But all in all, and especially considering the now comparative weakness, the containment, of British humour, this book absolutely deserves five stars. Writing like this helps give me confidence that the tide can be turned against the political correctness and the sanitisation of public thought. The ‘private eye’ of diverse all has been shown a crack in the door- a hope for escape from bland multicultural sterilization. In this writing, our everybody-cultured society had been found a little air. Not all fresh air exactly, as, as I said, Mervyn vs. Dennis is far too heavily focused on bottom humour, but certainly a wind of unfettered, socially penetrating, liberating humour.
Saunders’ writing is good, his comic timing is excellent. Now all he needs to do is put a cork in his craphole jokes and instead write to take the piss out of his own values as well as those of those that are even now almost beyond the fringe of cultural piety.
Not suitable reading for those that think they have a social right not to be offended. More pineapples and exotic fruitcakes, please, Mr. Saunders.
A number of years ago, on a writers' website, I stumbled across the manuscript of an unpublished novel that blew me away. I didn't read it, I devoured it. I thought Niels Saunders could be the new John Kennedy Toole. His highly original, riveting and hilarious novel reminded me of Confederacy of Dunces.
So when I discovered that this promising young author had finally published his debut novel I was very excited. I was hoping it was the same book.
Literally or metaphorically. The voice is the same but the tune is off-key. Dennis vs Mervyn (or is it the other way round?) is so tedious I had to force myself to finish it. It's a politically-correct rant masquerading as "edginess." What Saturday Night Live has become rather than what it used to be.
Still, there are probably some people who find Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump "shtick" hilarious. If so, they will love Mervyn vs Dennis. (Or is it the other way around?)
At times this book is clever, witty, and ironic but so much of it resorts to toilet and bodily function humor. I think that is a shame as this author writes well. I think he'd have broader appeal if he toned that side of his writing down.