The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

Stephen Fry / Jul 19, 2019

The Hippopotamus 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

  • Title: The Hippopotamus
  • Author: Stephen Fry
  • ISBN: The Hippopotamus
  • ASIN
    B00LKIBYBK
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    English
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  • Page: 148
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  • 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 friend Lord Logan.But strange th 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 friend Lord Logan.But strange things have been going on at Swafford Miracles, Healings, Phenomena beyond the comprehension of a mud caked hippopotamus like Ted Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 418 pages Published July 1st 2018 by Soho Press first published 1994 More Details Original Title The Hippopotamus ASIN B00LKIBYBK Edition Language English setting Norfolk, England Other Editions 48 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Hippopotamus, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is the author of The Hippopotamus the same Stephen Fry from QI 1 likelike one year ago Add your answer Jemima Pett Yes He s also from Norfolk, which is where I live, so he made it onto my to read list in my local books category flag See 1 question about The Hippopotamus Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 26, 2014 Alejandro rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves novel, humor Sadly, it was not what I expected GUNS AND HIPPOS DON T MIX WELL Since I enjoyed so much reading The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie, and due Stephen Fry is a very good friend of Laurie, and it seemed that Fry s style in novels can be quite similar to Laurie s, I thought that it could be a good idea to try some book by Stephen Fry.I think that The Hippopotamus wasn t the best first choice And while I didn t enjoy it so much, I still want to read some other book by Fry in the future Maybe Making H Sadly, it was not what I expected GUNS AND HIPPOS DON T MIX WELL Since I enjoyed so much reading The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie, and due Stephen Fry is a very good friend of Laurie, and it seemed that Fry s style in novels can be quite similar to Laurie s, I thought that it could be a good idea to try some book by Stephen Fry.I think that The Hippopotamus wasn t the best first choice And while I didn t enjoy it so much, I still want to read some other book by Fry in the future Maybe Making History would be a good option When I d read it, I will let you all to know if it was so DON T LIKE BUT UNIQUE Nevertheless that I didn t enjoy particularly the reading experience with the book, I think that it was a book presented in a very unique way, that always it s a good thing This novel is shown as something made of several kind of documents, like poems, newspaper articles, letters, etc with obviously too some standard novel prose parts.What it helped me while I was reading this novel, was that I knew to understand the Laurie s style of commenting controvertial topics that while Fry s way isn t done is such effective same form than Laurie s, it did help me to understand that in several moments, you don t have to take him so seriously and so by the letter, since many comments are sarcastic and purposely out of tone.Still, the book didn t have a good rhythm, making the advance in the story so dense that I am not surprised that some readers would feel alienated by the book However, as I commented before, if you didn t enjoy this particular book by Fry, still you should try some other novel, at some point in the future, to have a better appreciation of his prose work flag 91 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Aug 16, 2007 Beli_grrl rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for an Anglophile with a dark sense of humor A thought experiment to characterize the narrator of this book What if somehow Oscar Wilde and Howard Stern had a son together Other reviews led me to believe that the plot would be very loose and mucky Going into it with low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised when there was a pretty interesting plot and it was tied up rather neatly at the end If you are a fan of a good mystery, this is not for you It is really only a mystery in the broadest sense Mostly it s a comedy of manners I l A thought experiment to characterize the narrator of this book What if somehow Oscar Wilde and Howard Stern had a son together Other reviews led me to believe that the plot would be very loose and mucky Going into it with low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised when there was a pretty interesting plot and it was tied up rather neatly at the end If you are a fan of a good mystery, this is not for you It is really only a mystery in the broadest sense Mostly it s a comedy of manners I laughed out loud frequently and smiled through nearly every page It s dark, biting, scathing even, but has a semi redemptive ending The sex stuff in this book is a bit over the top at times Be forewarned There s a lot of disgusting stuff in here that I could imagine some people finding totally disturbing But I liked it a lot, personally I found it to be a sort of beach read for the hyperliterate flag 17 likesLike see review Jun 04, 2009 Manny rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves too sexy for maiden aunts, well i think its funny The cantankerous, alcoholic, abusive, yet strangely charming hero of The Hippopotamus is clearly based on the late Kingsley Amis, and you can view the whole book as a kind of homage to him It s a first person narrative it starts off with the hero being sacked from his job as a theatre critic for yelling drunken abuse from the stalls, and before we ve got to page 20 we ve already had a wonderful disquisition on the worthlessness of bottled water and Italian salad greens He invites his long su The cantankerous, alcoholic, abusive, yet strangely charming hero of The Hippopotamus is clearly based on the late Kingsley Amis, and you can view the whole book as a kind of homage to him It s a first person narrative it starts off with the hero being sacked from his job as a theatre critic for yelling drunken abuse from the stalls, and before we ve got to page 20 we ve already had a wonderful disquisition on the worthlessness of bottled water and Italian salad greens He invites his long suffering friends around to dinner, and serves them leaves pulled up at random in his garden, under the name putana vera, and tap water, which he calls aqua robinetto The plot, though very amusing, appears to be lurching haphazardly all over the place but, just as in Amis s novels, things are much under control than you imagine At the end, it all comes together, and the story turns out to make perfect sense What s less easy to understand is why Amis was so universally loved by everyone who knew him But Fry s novel does a valiant job of attempting to explain this mystery, and I almost thought I understood Basically, he was so funny that people were prepared to forgive him anything That s worth remembering flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 02, 2010 Danika Dins rated it really liked it review of another edition I really had no idea what to expect from this book I had never read any of Fry s work before I randomly grabbed it from the shelf I was pleasantly surprised, but then again, I have a fondness for dry British humour.I also have a fondness for anti heroes, but they have to be intelligent and or witty and I must empathize with them This book s protagonist, Ted Wallace, is a sour, womanizing, cantankerous, whisky sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic what s not to love Not everyone I really had no idea what to expect from this book I had never read any of Fry s work before I randomly grabbed it from the shelf I was pleasantly surprised, but then again, I have a fondness for dry British humour.I also have a fondness for anti heroes, but they have to be intelligent and or witty and I must empathize with them This book s protagonist, Ted Wallace, is a sour, womanizing, cantankerous, whisky sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic what s not to love Not everyone will relate to him I think if you ve spent enough time around writers, or are one yourself, you might have compassion for him But that s the kind of character I like, a messy and imperfect one.There s no great character arc, which I also love There s a believable one He s had a life changing experience, but he s also set in his ways He s a better man.The plot surprised me It kind of snuck up on me There s a mystery woven into the story, and I found the conclusion to be very satisfying If you have any kind of hang ups about sex, you may be disturbed by some of the scenarios which were eyebrow raising even for us open minded folk But I like it when my literature disturbs me a little flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 28, 2007 Punk rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves tried to read failed This had a sort of P.G Wodehouse feel to it, but raunchier Then I got to page 18, where the narrator Ted thinks Sometimes, in my dreams, I imagine a world in which women enjoy sex a world of heterosexual cruising areas in parks and promenades, heterosexual bars, heterosexual back rooms, heterosexual cinemas, heterosexual quarters of the town where women roam, searching for chance erotic encounters with men Such an image is only conceivable in one s fantasising bedroom, jerked into life by a This had a sort of P.G Wodehouse feel to it, but raunchier Then I got to page 18, where the narrator Ted thinks Sometimes, in my dreams, I imagine a world in which women enjoy sex a world of heterosexual cruising areas in parks and promenades, heterosexual bars, heterosexual back rooms, heterosexual cinemas, heterosexual quarters of the town where women roam, searching for chance erotic encounters with men Such an image is only conceivable in one s fantasising bedroom, jerked into life by an angry fist and a few spastic grunts If women needed sex as much as men did then duck, Ted, duck, run for cover then there wouldn t be so many rapists around the place.Ah, rape culture How undelightful I put this down immediately and haven t trusted Stephen Fry since flag 10 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Feb 13, 2008 Earl rated it it was amazing review of another edition Unlike the usual crap balyhooed by the New York literati, this book is genuinely funny flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Cori Reed rated it it was ok review of another edition 1.5 stars I m justwhat Why WHY I m going to try to forget this ever happened and maintain my love for Stephen Fry flag 8 likesLike see review Jul 15, 2012 Salla Korpela rated it really liked it review of another edition Well well, it certainly was juicy and saucy on the surface, but beneath in all its misogyny and cynicism a praise for simple, pure, forgiving, patient love This is how I actually read it.The language definitely was a pleasure and, as a non native English reader, it sent me repeatedly to the Merriam Webster which, in fact, actually didn t always cope with the idioms The structure of the story allowed for a lot of small anecdotes and stories, ponderings, observations and philosophical thought, w Well well, it certainly was juicy and saucy on the surface, but beneath in all its misogyny and cynicism a praise for simple, pure, forgiving, patient love This is how I actually read it.The language definitely was a pleasure and, as a non native English reader, it sent me repeatedly to the Merriam Webster which, in fact, actually didn t always cope with the idioms The structure of the story allowed for a lot of small anecdotes and stories, ponderings, observations and philosophical thought, which I enjoyed greatly In the middle of the most mundane, even grotesque scenes the author sends his reader into deep thought I read it with my darling Friend Kaisa on my mind all the time She is a great fan of Fry s and, as it happens, his Finnish publisher I cannot but wonder how on earth anyone managed to translate this flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 09, 2014 Helle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves english, humour In this novel, as in everything else he touches, Stephen Fry alternately entertains, amuses, provokes and alarms, and I found the novel to be part silly, part thought provoking, part brilliant.We follow Ted Wallace, a 60 something has been journalist cum poet, who is outwardly and verbally a cynical misogynist He travels to a country house in an attempt to unravel some rather strange goings on in a family and finds a bit than he bargained for He goes there because he is the godfather of a In this novel, as in everything else he touches, Stephen Fry alternately entertains, amuses, provokes and alarms, and I found the novel to be part silly, part thought provoking, part brilliant.We follow Ted Wallace, a 60 something has been journalist cum poet, who is outwardly and verbally a cynical misogynist He travels to a country house in an attempt to unravel some rather strange goings on in a family and finds a bit than he bargained for He goes there because he is the godfather of a son of said family, though he had practically forgotten this fact, and because he has to help out a niece of said family, who is his goddaughter, which he had also or less forgotten You get the picture I didn t really like any of the characters for a long time, but that wasn t necessary to enjoy the novel nor, I suppose, was I meant to The reader s feeling towards the narrator, Ted, change, however, and I enjoyed how this was done the tone and story balancing strangely between sentimentality and cynicism.And yet, just as I was thinking to myself that I was becoming positively addicted to Fry and his crazy, wordy ramblings, he threw in a perverse sex scene which, frankly, I could have done without it can hardly be called sex, which is impossible to understand unless you ve read the book, and I don t want to include a spoiler here This over, he took a detour to Hungarian farming , and my previous shock was soon replaced by delight when he then departed into a fantastic German Hungarian accent when suddenly giving us background information about one of the characters father the Hungarian farmer , who rambled on about World War II, Judaism, England and what not I loved it, and this alone makes me want to hear, rather than read, everything that Fry writes On that note, I agree with another reviewer in here that Stephen Fry could read aloud an IKEA instruction manual and I would probably still be enthralled His language often strikes me as so much verbal bravado, underlined by his English public school pronunciation in the audio version, yet he can get away with it in fact, I suppose that is his style, really And it s not just words There are hundreds of facts, opinions and questions, all idiosyncratically Fry esque, squeezed into the dialogue that I almost had to push the stop button a few times simply to digest something before moving on just as I had to stop it once in a while when I didn t catch what he was saying because I had started laughing.The novel has a cynical and ironic tone which only a British novel can have, but it ultimately also has a heart And despite the fact that the novel is twenty years old, it doesn t feel dated The sign of a good read, surely, is also that the reader immediately wants to read something else by the author, and this is exactly how I feel right now As much as I enjoy nay, love reading, however, I would prefer an audio version again when it comes to Stephen Fry s writing his reading aloud is simply priceless Finally, the language is superb Not a page goes by without Fry employing some interesting, quirky, witty or occasionally just plain wonderful turn of phrase, and for that alone I could easily listen to it all over again Marvellous I mentally genuflect before him.4,5 stars the half star deducted for that one nasty episode, which I do acknowledge had a role to play, but it still grossed me out flag 7 likesLike see review Aug 11, 2011 Vanessa added it review of another edition Do not bother with this book if you are easily shocked It features lots of swear words, sexual references and bestialityit is also very entertaining and kept me gripped right up to the end The story is told from the point of view of Ted Wallace He was once a promising poet but hasn t written anything in years and is now old, cynical and grumpy He drinks a lot He also sounds exactly like Stephen Fry As I read his words I just couldn t help hearing Stephen Fry in my head The other cha Do not bother with this book if you are easily shocked It features lots of swear words, sexual references and bestialityit is also very entertaining and kept me gripped right up to the end The story is told from the point of view of Ted Wallace He was once a promising poet but hasn t written anything in years and is now old, cynical and grumpy He drinks a lot He also sounds exactly like Stephen Fry As I read his words I just couldn t help hearing Stephen Fry in my head The other characters have their own distinct voices too I suppose if you don t like Stephen Fry this might get irritating but I found it made me feel very sympathetic towards cantankerous Ted, despite his faults.Ted has just been fired from his newspaper column and is set a mission by his goddaughter Jane He is to visit his old friend her uncle Lord Logan and report back to her on the strange things that have been going on at Swafford Hall I found the writing style easy to read and the story entertaining It was funny in some places, poignant in others I particularly enjoyed the histories of the characters and the relationships between them.I totally recommend this book but not to children, maiden aunts etc flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 22, 2010 Tony Hightower rated it really liked it review of another edition The plot is a little weak, but you re not going to be reading and enjoying this book primarily for the plot anyway Not that it s bad by any stretch, it s just that what will keep you moving through the book and like all Fry s work, it is a quick and highly enjoyable read is the amazing faculty he has with the language Not a paragraph goes by without some turn of phrase, some peccadillo of thought, some left field insight into how his thought process works, that will stop you for a moment and The plot is a little weak, but you re not going to be reading and enjoying this book primarily for the plot anyway Not that it s bad by any stretch, it s just that what will keep you moving through the book and like all Fry s work, it is a quick and highly enjoyable read is the amazing faculty he has with the language Not a paragraph goes by without some turn of phrase, some peccadillo of thought, some left field insight into how his thought process works, that will stop you for a moment and make you wonder if he really said what he just did, and to the point, how did no one ever say what he just said like that before So yes, the mystery angle of the story itself is than a bit contrived, but the deftness of the prose and the immense mental faculty upon which Fry leans will be than enough to propel you through the book Well worth the read flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 27, 2010 Charlaralotte rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read in 2010 Well, it s Stephen Fry How can it be anything but delightful I was pleasantly surprised to find an intriguing examination of how children come to believe things about themselves.Why aren t there people as brilliant, witty, and elegant as Fry Certainly in America, due to our amnesiac collective consciousness and delight in dumbness, we have a substantial dearth of anyone resembling him If everyone listened to tapes of Stephen Fry discoursing on anything and everything for at least two ho Well, it s Stephen Fry How can it be anything but delightful I was pleasantly surprised to find an intriguing examination of how children come to believe things about themselves.Why aren t there people as brilliant, witty, and elegant as Fry Certainly in America, due to our amnesiac collective consciousness and delight in dumbness, we have a substantial dearth of anyone resembling him If everyone listened to tapes of Stephen Fry discoursing on anything and everything for at least two hours a day, America would be a much better place Or at least it would sound better flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2016 Perchance a three and a half rather than a four, slightly disappointing yet enjoyable, but I couldn t rightly give this just a middling three out of five.I ve read non fiction authored by Stephen Fry before, but never one of his novels In style this tale of a dodgy old hack tasked to visit family in Norfolk to investigate strange going on felt a little Christopher Brookmyre in style, with lumps of Kingsley Amis and the like thrown in It was mainly amusing, occasionally hilarious, kinda cle Perchance a three and a half rather than a four, slightly disappointing yet enjoyable, but I couldn t rightly give this just a middling three out of five.I ve read non fiction authored by Stephen Fry before, but never one of his novels In style this tale of a dodgy old hack tasked to visit family in Norfolk to investigate strange going on felt a little Christopher Brookmyre in style, with lumps of Kingsley Amis and the like thrown in It was mainly amusing, occasionally hilarious, kinda clever yet a little over smutty in places I m no prude, and much of the sexual content sat fine with me, but a few of the explicit moments seemed included to shock than amuse.Nevertheless, I found it a well crafted story with some excellently painted main characters, a witty style, and a good pace The denouement was a surprise and I admired the intelligence of this, and I will likely pick up other novels by the same esteemed British institution flag 5 likesLike see review May 07, 2013 Ian Thornton rated it it was amazing review of another edition I keep on giving books five stars Well that s because I am only arsed to read stuff I am very likely to love Hitler did this, they say, so I am aware of my failing here, but balls, I want to be entertained Bring on the next five star hit With an attention span shot to shit like mine from a growing family and lack of sleep, I would be very unlikely to finish stuff I wasn t loving Anyway, Fry is nearing if not already in the possession of the title of greatest living Englishman, though the ot I keep on giving books five stars Well that s because I am only arsed to read stuff I am very likely to love Hitler did this, they say, so I am aware of my failing here, but balls, I want to be entertained Bring on the next five star hit With an attention span shot to shit like mine from a growing family and lack of sleep, I would be very unlikely to finish stuff I wasn t loving Anyway, Fry is nearing if not already in the possession of the title of greatest living Englishman, though the other Wilde ite Stephen Patrick Morrissey may garner the odd vote and rightly so too If this Italian comedian tit can muster a following for parliament, I would hazard a guess that Fry would win a general election for the Fuck the Arse Gravy World Party by a bollocking landslide, though Ted Wallace would also have a decent shot too I really bloody loved this book flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 24, 2007 John Wiswell rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for Comedy readers, religious readers, very grumpy people Easily one of the best first person narratives I ve read in years Stephen Fry takes years of his understanding of voice in radio and television and created a hilariously withering personality The opening alone is worth the cover price, to hear our narator deride women, sex, theatre, art and society It s so merciless that you can t help but laugh at him and recognize the deficiencies behind his various hatreds And it s this man who is going to examine the miracle at the center of the plot Su Easily one of the best first person narratives I ve read in years Stephen Fry takes years of his understanding of voice in radio and television and created a hilariously withering personality The opening alone is worth the cover price, to hear our narator deride women, sex, theatre, art and society It s so merciless that you can t help but laugh at him and recognize the deficiencies behind his various hatreds And it s this man who is going to examine the miracle at the center of the plot Surrounded by a cast of godchildren and people you wouldn t tolerate in real life, you couldn t ask for a better lens view this bizarre plot through Nothing makes me laugh harder on a grumpy day flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2012 Sukrita rated it it was amazing review of another edition This has to be the funniest book that I have ever read It is absolutely outrageously disgustingly funny I kneel in the shadow of Fry s excellence.It takes a bit to get there and Fry does love waffling on and showing off how many words he knows and can invent, but bear with it The turns and sub plots and some of the waffling too is simply simply delightful I am not going to go into the actual story, the lesser you know before reading the better Suffice to say, its an absolut must read for Fr This has to be the funniest book that I have ever read It is absolutely outrageously disgustingly funny I kneel in the shadow of Fry s excellence.It takes a bit to get there and Fry does love waffling on and showing off how many words he knows and can invent, but bear with it The turns and sub plots and some of the waffling too is simply simply delightful I am not going to go into the actual story, the lesser you know before reading the better Suffice to say, its an absolut must read for Fry or comedy fans flag 5 likesLike see review Apr 10, 2013 Anna rated it liked it review of another edition This was actually only the first book from Stephen Fry that I actually read I have several others waiting for me, because who doesn t love Stephen Fry Well, okay, probably quite a few people, but I think he is smart, funny and tends to make me learn new things, too Too bad this book did not necessarily quite live up to my expectations which, in this case, weren t over the top, luckily The writing style was amusing, the characters interesting, the plot kept me guessing until the very last This was actually only the first book from Stephen Fry that I actually read I have several others waiting for me, because who doesn t love Stephen Fry Well, okay, probably quite a few people, but I think he is smart, funny and tends to make me learn new things, too Too bad this book did not necessarily quite live up to my expectations which, in this case, weren t over the top, luckily The writing style was amusing, the characters interesting, the plot kept me guessing until the very last moment, I wanted to know what is going to happen quite badly at some point And yet something was not quite there I guess in a 400 page book I was expecting a beginning that would be slightly less slow, but not sure I would ve liked a plunge to action either And I am especially unsure about the ending I wasn t expecting it to be all godly and angelic, but it somehow felt flat to me anyway I mean, it is good to be reminded of the virtues of just being nice to people, but meh It did, however, made me laugh, and I think I learned a few new words from it Not words I d dare to use in any company though, simply because they would be darned hard to inject into a conversation, and because I would probably use them in the wrong context anyway But still, it was quite nice to read a book with fancy words for a change Or, uh, I mean, a book with fancy words that were there for a reason other than look what I can do I think I might enjoy Fry s autobiographies better than this, but this was not bad either I could give this 4 stars if I really wanted, but I don t really want to, not now at least Will have to see what a few days of pondering will do to the score which I will never change anyway flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 07, 2011 Skyring rated it it was amazing review of another edition I wasn t sure what to make of this to begin with, but I found it increasingly brilliant as I went along.Stephen Fry has wickedly rewritten the country house detective mystery Brought it into the modern age, along with associated bad language and cultural references But realistically, it could have been set any time in the past century Like P G Wodehouse s novels of upper class English society, it is ageless.Wodehouse could not have written this, however Not enough fun, and too much sex Incl I wasn t sure what to make of this to begin with, but I found it increasingly brilliant as I went along.Stephen Fry has wickedly rewritten the country house detective mystery Brought it into the modern age, along with associated bad language and cultural references But realistically, it could have been set any time in the past century Like P G Wodehouse s novels of upper class English society, it is ageless.Wodehouse could not have written this, however Not enough fun, and too much sex Including all sorts of odd couplings, some of which are uncomfortable to think about.It s hard to work out what sort of book this is, to begin with Is it a first person narrative An epistolary novel A self indulgent bit of male wankery Certainly the protagonist is a little off putting in his aging drunken lechery.But we do not have to love the driver to enjoy the ride, and Stephen Fry has his characters lined out and fleshed in perfectly We can see them all in our mind s eye beautifully, in their diverse natures.Red herrings are liberally scattered through the book as the story develops We learn a lot, but by the time we realise we are being led down a garden path, it is too late the trap is sprung and we have to reorient our thinking in another direction.The plot itself is fascinating A little slow to develop, as previously noted, but it picks up, and gentle reader, it is well worth the journey.There are couplings, games, journeys, eye wincing injuries, Roundheads, spaniels, beets and roots before the witty gathering where the secret is revealed and the reader left aghast.Oh, but this is sweet flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2010 David rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read in 2010, disappointing If you think that there is a discrepancy between giving a book 3 stars and placing it on the disappointing shelf, remember that the author is Stephen Fry, someone I think of as being awesomely smart and very funny His intelligence is evident in this book, but much of the attempted humor falls flat Perhaps it would be accurate to say that much of it is the kind of humor that might have flown a generation ago think Kingsley Amis, Wilt Sharpe, Roald Dahl , but is completely jarring in 201 If you think that there is a discrepancy between giving a book 3 stars and placing it on the disappointing shelf, remember that the author is Stephen Fry, someone I think of as being awesomely smart and very funny His intelligence is evident in this book, but much of the attempted humor falls flat Perhaps it would be accurate to say that much of it is the kind of humor that might have flown a generation ago think Kingsley Amis, Wilt Sharpe, Roald Dahl , but is completely jarring in 2010 What puzzles me is that it would have been equally jarring in 1994, when this book was published, and Fry is smart enough to know this, so it s obviously a conscious choice that he made It s unclear why he did so, because it detracts quite a bit from the enjoyment of the book It s a toss up which was offputting the incessant vulgar misogynistic musings of the splenetic, Kingsley Amis wannabe narrator or the paragraphs of ridiculously mincing poofter talk inflicted on the reader There is really no excuse for this I shot off to bed early Cheryl Chest was beating her terrible tattoo and I needed my pills and the soft snog of Sandra Sleep.A strange waking this morning I thought at first that Vesta Vision was playing the giddy goat with me It s a shame, really, because the plot is fairly decent, and Fry raises some interesting questions about faith, but the writing is really unpardonably sloppy.2.5 stars, rounded up to 3, because I m a sucker for any book that includes a hot teenager on horse sex scene Anyway, someone as smart as Stephen Fry has to be allowed to fail once in a while flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 08, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves humor The moral, if there is one, is that it s okay to live life in any way you want to, so long as you remember there isn t anyone to save you or fix you but yourself.Ted Wallace has some reprehensible qualities, but his best aspects have always been his sensitivity and honesty So yes, he says some shocking things There s a touch of misogyny there He just wants to screw and drink But for some reason he is the one that has been asked to make sense of this apparent miracle And in the end, all of t The moral, if there is one, is that it s okay to live life in any way you want to, so long as you remember there isn t anyone to save you or fix you but yourself.Ted Wallace has some reprehensible qualities, but his best aspects have always been his sensitivity and honesty So yes, he says some shocking things There s a touch of misogyny there He just wants to screw and drink But for some reason he is the one that has been asked to make sense of this apparent miracle And in the end, all of the nonsense he says and does is less important than his impact on his family and friends and the good he does for all of them.He s that voice of reason in a world that really wants to believe in impossible things.I wonder if the reason Fry makes Ted so awful in the beginning of the book is because he wants us to be on Davey s side until the end There are hints that Ted is than meets the eye as all good characters should be no one is JUST their views on sex , but everyone is agreed that Ted is pretty awful After a while, the only reminder of that is in the way the other characters talk about him I think Fry gave up on actively making him say and do negative things in order to make him sympathetic.It seemed a bit unnecessary to me Ted could have done what he did without his rants But I do enjoy Fry s tangents This is the third of his fictions I have read, and he certainly enjoys a good tangent flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 24, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it review of another edition Thus far I m totally taken aback I love it Stephen Fry is one of the most brilliant individuals of the current time To find that he excels in literature as well should be no surprise.Is it dirty Absolutely Is the protagonist an egotistical, whiskey soaked, misogynist Absolutely Rememberthis is a work of fiction and try not to get all uppity about some cursing and lewd language Don t forget that some of the best, and now, most respected works of art, literature, music and theater were Thus far I m totally taken aback I love it Stephen Fry is one of the most brilliant individuals of the current time To find that he excels in literature as well should be no surprise.Is it dirty Absolutely Is the protagonist an egotistical, whiskey soaked, misogynist Absolutely Rememberthis is a work of fiction and try not to get all uppity about some cursing and lewd language Don t forget that some of the best, and now, most respected works of art, literature, music and theater were considered base, vile, subversive and, dare I say it, sacrilegious in their own days and have come to be regarded as classics and mainstays of our modern times.I have not finished the book yet so I don t have a complete review but my opinion thus far It is witty, intelligent, upbeat, existential and revealing.It is English in what most conceive to be stereotypical Englishtweed, polo, tea, and fox huntsand contemporary in it s lewdness It s Pride and Prejudice if the characters admitted that their thoughts and desires were slanderous, sacrilegious and bordered on pornographic.It s a great work of literature A book I would read again and again just to get of Fry s brilliant sense of humor and mastery of the English language flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction, humour, mystery This is a classic example of the superb wit and crude yet eloquent language that Fry is able to weave whilst telling a brilliant story following Ted, a down and out poetic turned theater critic who has been fired from his job and tasked by his god daughter to solve a bit of a mystery at Swafford Hall a country house in Norfolk This book is packed with interesting characters that develop well during the story and provide their own entertainment and little quirks Ted s letters to Jane are highly This is a classic example of the superb wit and crude yet eloquent language that Fry is able to weave whilst telling a brilliant story following Ted, a down and out poetic turned theater critic who has been fired from his job and tasked by his god daughter to solve a bit of a mystery at Swafford Hall a country house in Norfolk This book is packed with interesting characters that develop well during the story and provide their own entertainment and little quirks Ted s letters to Jane are highly amusing and reflect Fry s wit and humour the best and add some interesting views and analyses of the people he meets at Swafford and of David s gift Admittedly there are some points that are simply cringe worthy but, as it s Stephen, these work well as part of the story and seem to add a certain something to it Overall this is a great read that does having you laughing out loud one minute and then cringing with disgust the next flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 03, 2017 Jemima Pett rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves norfolk, bookclub, adult Well, my bookclub hated it The librarian had suggested it thinking it was light and amusing Most of our ladies were put off by the first chapter, which was lewd, filthy and self indulgent I marched womanfully into the next chapter which was charming, floridly written, tense and sympathetic as the boy sabotaged the shooting event of hundreds of pheasant for sport The book see sawed between passages of elegance and delightful character sketches, and ludicrously over the top, effulgent even, ca Well, my bookclub hated it The librarian had suggested it thinking it was light and amusing Most of our ladies were put off by the first chapter, which was lewd, filthy and self indulgent I marched womanfully into the next chapter which was charming, floridly written, tense and sympathetic as the boy sabotaged the shooting event of hundreds of pheasant for sport The book see sawed between passages of elegance and delightful character sketches, and ludicrously over the top, effulgent even, caricatures The story was slight, and reminded me of a bastardised PG Wodehouse in its archaic country house mannerisms, but rewarded the doggedly determined with an absurd ending which despite being delivered at the end of a particularly turgid stream of consciousness from the main character, seemed to make some sort of sense.In fact, it was pretty much like 50 Shades of Stephen Fry And the real problem is, I ve written this in a pale copy of the overblown language that he uses flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 16, 2015 Tony rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction mainstream THE HIPPOPOTAMUS 1994 Stephen FryThe author provided a new opportunity on each succeeding page for the reader to put the book down, and say, I quit About one third the way through, I did Why There is only a loose plot, with unbelievable characters , with low humor that mostly doesn t work, plus an approach to writing that you d expect from a Latvian English student in his second year The dialog is execrable nobody talks like that Fry must not listen to people and just guesses a THE HIPPOPOTAMUS 1994 Stephen FryThe author provided a new opportunity on each succeeding page for the reader to put the book down, and say, I quit About one third the way through, I did Why There is only a loose plot, with unbelievable characters , with low humor that mostly doesn t work, plus an approach to writing that you d expect from a Latvian English student in his second year The dialog is execrable nobody talks like that Fry must not listen to people and just guesses at what they might be saying, and translates it back into Latvian and then into English I m not sure why the book got so much hype, but it gets none from me flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 15, 2010 Fran rated it it was amazing review of another edition Is there anything Stephen Fry can t do I found this book while wandering idly through the library First thought, Hey, Stephen Fry wrote a book Second thought, Hey, it s signed Third thought, I wonder what it s about Since it was a library book sans dust jacket, there was no way to know, and I m so glad You should pick up this book and read without having an inkling of what s in store I ll just say that it s funny, it s thrilling, it s surprising, and it s set in England flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 27, 2008 Monique rated it really liked it review of another edition I reread this book because it was a nice, slim paperback to take on holiday with me and because I remembered it being quite good fun, despite a slow start It didn t disappoint me Although I found the ending a bit rushed and the overall premise not quite to my liking, I loved the writing style Fry never disappoints me in this respect.Not his best that honour goes to Making History , but definitely a nice, entertaining read flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it review of another edition This book is narrated by a drunk, lecherous, ex poet who you would think would get tiresome but is great company Fry throws a group of characters into an English country house and creates the silliness of a Wodehouse story At the mid point, the plot is bestially perverse, but by the end it is sweet and wise flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 16, 2010 Emma Louise rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction Having never read any of his other novels, I didn t quite know what to expect when I sat down to read this By the end of the first sentence, I was hooked By the end of the first page, I was in love Fry has such a wonderful way with words that I genuinely laughed aloud at certain parts Such a good read I m really looking forward to reading his others in the future flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it review of another edition This has to be one of the funniest novels I ve ever read Fry s work is best described as a kind of raunchy P.G Wodehouse And in The Hippopotamus , there s the mystery of miracle healings to boot Fry s second novel is incredibly witty and filthy Be warned There s a horse involved Highly recommended for fans of British humour And a movie adaptation is being filmed flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 14, 2015 or e Baji rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves humor, mystery Glumci koji pi u romane To ne mo e da bude dobro, zar ne Istina, u glavnom ne mo e, ali je Fraj izuzetak Nilski konj je roman na mestu Kombinuju i humor neretko crni i hroniku engleske vi e klase, Fraj stvara ubedljivu pri u o ljudskim naravima Ton romana je zajedljiv, cini an, to e odbiti neke itaoce, ba kao i krajnje kontroverzni preokret u poslednjoj tre ini flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed 44 likes In a dung heap, even a plastic bead can gleam like a sapphire 23 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 1587, 3206, 2293, 551, 166 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us 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        Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster He is also famous for his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI In addition to writing fo Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster He is also famous for his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI In addition to writing for stage, screen, television and radio he has contributed columns and articles for numerous newspapers and magazines, and has also written four successful novels and a series of memoirs.See also Mrs Stephen Fry as a pseudonym of the author


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    1. Sadly, it was not what I expected GUNS AND HIPPOS DON T MIX WELL Since I enjoyed so much reading The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie, and due Stephen Fry is a very good friend of Laurie, and it seemed that Fry s style in novels can be quite similar to Laurie s, I thought that it could be a good idea to try some book by Stephen Fry.I think that The Hippopotamus wasn t the best first choice And while I didn t enjoy it so much, I still want to read some other book by Fry in the future Maybe [...]


    2. A thought experiment to characterize the narrator of this book What if somehow Oscar Wilde and Howard Stern had a son together Other reviews led me to believe that the plot would be very loose and mucky Going into it with low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised when there was a pretty interesting plot and it was tied up rather neatly at the end If you are a fan of a good mystery, this is not for you It is really only a mystery in the broadest sense Mostly it s a comedy of manners I l A thou [...]


    3. The cantankerous, alcoholic, abusive, yet strangely charming hero of The Hippopotamus is clearly based on the late Kingsley Amis, and you can view the whole book as a kind of homage to him It s a first person narrative it starts off with the hero being sacked from his job as a theatre critic for yelling drunken abuse from the stalls, and before we ve got to page 20 we ve already had a wonderful disquisition on the worthlessness of bottled water and Italian salad greens He invites his long [...]


    4. I really had no idea what to expect from this book I had never read any of Fry s work before I randomly grabbed it from the shelf I was pleasantly surprised, but then again, I have a fondness for dry British humour.I also have a fondness for anti heroes, but they have to be intelligent and or witty and I must empathize with them This book s protagonist, Ted Wallace, is a sour, womanizing, cantankerous, whisky sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic what s not to love Not everyone I really [...]


    5. This had a sort of P.G Wodehouse feel to it, but raunchier Then I got to page 18, where the narrator Ted thinks Sometimes, in my dreams, I imagine a world in which women enjoy sex a world of heterosexual cruising areas in parks and promenades, heterosexual bars, heterosexual back rooms, heterosexual cinemas, heterosexual quarters of the town where women roam, searching for chance erotic encounters with men Such an image is only conceivable in one s fantasising bedroom, jerked into life by a This [...]



    6. 1.5 stars I m justwhat Why WHY I m going to try to forget this ever happened and maintain my love for Stephen Fry.


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