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“To write good comedy is hard, and yet, when it is of such a high standard as in these two volumes, it does not appear in the least difficult.”
–Quill & Quire --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B01G2KE43K
- Publisher : Sybertooth Inc.; 1st edition (May 1, 2016)
- Publication date : May 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 543 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,050 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Enter Bandy, Bartholomew, Lieutenant (acting Captain? Major? Generaloberst? who can tell??) of the R.F.C. He embodies many of those qualities which throughout Canada's history have driven our allies crazy (and our enemies, God take pity on them, even crazier). After starting a very unpromising carreer as an infantry officer in which he manages to capture his own C.O., Bandy ends up transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, where he finds his niche with his feet firmly planted several thousand feet above the ground (and onto his rudder pedals). A natural flier and marksman-quality shooter, he soon makes a name for himself as a fearless, cold-blooded Knight of the Air. On the ground, however, he tends to fall apart in the face (and other parts) of shy young English maidens, buxom French not-so-maidens, English reserve, English plumbing, and King George V.
Throughout this time there are many very technically accurate vignettes of air warfare in the Great War. It is clear that Bandy likely should've been killed several times, but very likely the Grim Reaper was laughing too hard to hold his scythe straight...
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Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy is a Canadian in his early 20s; the son of a domineering church minister, he is a gauche innocent (and something of a sociopath); brought up in a close knit, very religious and strict community, he has never drunk, smoked, sworn or had any real sort of an emotional relationship with a female.
He volunteers to serve in the Canadian Army fighting in Europe in WWI and arrives on the Western Front, via England, in October 1916, serving, first, in the infantry, where he quickly learns how to drink, smoke and swear.
Then, after recuperating from a wound, he transfers to the Royal Flying Corp and becomes a fighter ace.
Due to his gaucheness, his inability to empathise and his luck, he gets into one scrape after another, often snatches disaster from the jaws of success and often vice versa and makes a whole heap of enemies, especially among senior officers.
All the way through, the story is told brilliantly, intelligently and with top notch, laugh out loud humour (sometimes entering into slapstick or farce but it all works so well), whilst at the same time painting compelling and convincing pictures of life in the trenches and as an RFC fighter pilot), making for an excellent read.
I was not aware of The Bandy Papers or Donald Jack until this book came up on offer on Amazon - I am so glad that it did and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Absolutely brilliant and I would give it six or more stars if I could.
One final point: I was only aware just one of those irritating eBook typos in the whole thing.
It's the extremely droll story of a man who is socially inept to a degree and yet whose core sanity always eventually manifests itself.
His discovery of his true vocation as a fighter pilot in the Great War makes us feel with him all the more - we foul up in company, we all know it's the rest of the world that's insane and we're all really good at least at one important thing!
Perhaps I missed some clunky moments as a teenager but it's a wonderful book, full of humanity and vivid characters. Most importantly, there are times when you won't be able to stop laughing.
I also have That's Me In The Middle (involving but not so good, tries too hard to have a conscience) and It's Me Again (back on form, Bandy is even better as a commanding officer). There are further sequels, nowhere near as good as these three.
Three Cheers For Me is a comedy classic - do try it!
He is a bit of a cross between Derek Robinson and Tom Sharpe.
Can't wait to start on the others in the series
What a shame that younger readers cannot sample some of the authors of my youth in libraries and I imagine be be unlikely to give them a try on kindle
Fully deserves the 5 stars for its biting wit and dark comedy