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Book Title: Tropic Of Ruislip|
The size of the: 16.22 MB
Date of issue: December 4th 1997
ISBN 13: 9780749325206
The author of the book: Leslie Thomas
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:There is always a danger that when you revisit something from the past that you loved it will disappoint. Films look cheap, games are tacky, food doesn’t taste the same and books can leaving you wondering “what was I thinking..” Nevertheless I have recently bought a couple of books that I felt deserved another look, one of them this old Leslie Thomas classic from 1974.
One thing re-reading this book has made me realise is just how much of his time Leslie Thomas was. Whilst much of the humour is timeless, and just as funny now as it was the first time around, the social commentary at the heart of the book wouldn’t make much sense to a new generation.
Tropic of Ruislip, which was also made into a TV drama, centres around the residents of a new housing estate, Plummers Park, somewhere on the outskirts of London. On one side of the railway track there is the council estate with its church, shops and launderette; on the other side is the executive housing populated by the aspiring middle class professionals.
The story centres around Andrew Maiby and his wife and daughter. Andrew is a journalist on the local newspaper who’s life is in a bit of a rut. The spark has gone from his marriage and his career is going nowhere. It is whilst reporting on events at the local magistrates court that he meets Bessie White, the 18-year old grand-daughter of one of the defendant. It is at this point that Andrew’s life begins to get a little complicated. Add into the mix a flasher, a proposal for a school for maladjusted children, affairs, frustrated ambitions and a vicar determined to add “Flat Roof Man” top his flock and you have all the ingredients for another suburban romp.
Tropic of Ruislip is one of Leslie Thomas’s better works, capturing the middle class England and all its values, failings and aspirations. Told with great humour and more than a touch of cynicism, I loved the interplay between the characters, particularly when residents from the different sides of the track came together. For me, it was not so much the thrust of the story itself that kept me interested but the smaller events and witty asides that kept me chuckling.
Leslie Thomas was one of the most popular writers of the time. Whilst I enjoyed reading this book again, I did feel it was dated. But that said, it is a great story and one that would be a good introduction for anyone who has not read his books before.
Read information about the authorBorn in Newport, Monmouthshire, 1931, Leslie Thomas is 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. He won worldwide acclaim with his bestselling novel The Virgin Soldiers, which has achieved international sales of over four million copies.
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