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!READ E-PUB ♬ The Compleet Molesworth ♭ Nigel Molesworth, The Goriller Of B And Curse Of St Custard S Is The Superb Chronicler Of Life At A S British Prep School Loved By A Generation Who Recognised Themselves In The Ink Blot World Of St Custard S, The Molesworth Tetralogy, Down With Skool , How To Be Topp, Whizz For Atomms And Back In The Jug Agane, Is Gathered Together In This Compendium Built By A Madman In, St Custard S Is Inhabited By A Host Of Molesworth S Famous Adversaries, Including The Money Grabbing Headmaster Grimes BA, Stoke On Trent And The Infamous School Sissy, Fotherington Tomas Of Course, Molesworth Would Not Be Complete Without Ronald Searle S Witty And Wicked Cartoons, Depicting Gerunds, Masters, Space Machines, School Dogs And ParentsThis Edition Is Introduced By Poet Wendy Cope, Who Recounts Her Lifelong Love Of Molesworth S Perfectly Contemptuous Outlook, A Wonderful Antidote To The Relentlessly Positive Attitudes Expressed By Adults And The Media In The S For Her, The Collection S Irreverence Has Remained Undiluted By OverYears Of Delectation From Molesworth S Description Of Poetry Weedy People Say La And Fie And Swoon When They See A Bunch Of Daffodils To Searle S Know The Enemy Or Masters At A Glance , All Are Right On The Button To This Day Unforgettable, And Yet A Delight To Return To, These Books Are Modern Classics To Be Cherished And Enjoyed Time And Again
I first read this book when I was at a school that could have been the model for St Custards and I got into trouble for being unable to control my hysterical laughter I cannot listen to the march past of the Rifle Brigade without laughing The writing is beautiful, as are the illustrations This is a must read for anybody who enjoys a belly laugh and the repeated cocking of snooks at the English and their societies Have you ever sensed a kindred spirit upon hearing the words as any fule kno Has your trained ear been able to detect the difference between No and Noe Have you ever seen a gerund cut a gerundive Or puzzled out the meaning of Caesar adsum jam forte Or cried, THE PRUNES ARE REVOLTING If not, you need to read these books Crie you mercie, Mowlesworth Noe According to the listing in Goodreads , this book is by Geoffrey Willans In fact, it s a dual effort, Ronald Searle being the other contributor, and the latter s zany, way out illustrations contribute as much as the text to this work being one of the all time classics of school comedy.The Molesworth stories deal with the obviously fictitious St Custard s school or skool , for Nigel s spelling is not especially accurate , essentially a highly satarised version of what a typical English boarding school was like in the 1950s It appears that the authors took as their model the many school series around at that time, such as Billy Bunter, Jennings, 5th Form at St Dominic s and such, and then proceeded to stand them on their head, taking the concepts to a wild and hilarious conclusion Ostensibly a series of essays, written by the titular character, on various aspect of what it s like to be a young Elizabethan Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second, in case you were wondering the books are actually a romp that will leave anyone with a sense of the absurd helpless with laughter The canon abounds with amazing characters, such as Grabber, the Head Boy, who has won every prize going including the Miss Joyful Prize For Raffia Work , Fotherington Thomas, the utterly wet skool swot who goes around talking to the clouds and flowers, Nigel s brother Molesworth II , mi grate freind Peason , and various sadistic masters, new bugs , bemused civilians and not to mention Prudence Entwhistle, the glamorous under matron But best of all is Nigel himself, a gentle, detached scribe, content merely to pass melancholy and philosophical observations on the absurdities of skool life complete with ink blots from his crossed pen nib This is that rare thing, a true treasure of comedy And since this book brings together all the works in one anthology, who could resist it Particularly rib tickling are Nigel s account of playing in the school football match, told in the manner of an existentialist philosopher, the account of a visit to the museum where the pupils hijack a trane and spend the whole afternoon singing the Davy Crockett theme , Nigel s love affair with the Under Matron, and the tale of the visiting French exchange student, Armand But really, you can dip anywhere into this volume and find something utterly brilliant.Given that they made a series of movies about Searle s girls school, St Trinians, recently remade , surely a Molesworth movie is way overdue I for one would queue all night for tickets I first read How to be Topp when I was very young It was on my father s bookshelf, pushed haphazardly in among theerudite and literary offerings of George Orwell and the poetry of Byron My father, an English teacher, loved that book I loved it too, and revisited it many times.Until I chanced upon this compilation of the three Molesworth books jammed into one volume, I had no idea that they were so popular I thought dad s book was a quirky obscure little volume I ve been reading Molesworth over the past few weeks, picking it up and putting it down, laughing at the lines, appreciative of its comedic genius Simply a great series of books.I m not marking this as a kid s book I think it is best appreciated by adults. This was a wonderful trip down memory lane for me Molesworth, like me, first appeared in the 1950s, and we had all the books in the house when I was a child I agree with Philip Hensher a good 10 years younger than me who wrote the introduction to this anthology I thought they were children s books, when I was a child, and now that I am an adult, think they are books for adults about childhood True, it s ostensibly a kind of childhood that at first glance seems very much removed from anything that we know today post war, private boarding school, corporal punishment the norm but that doesn t in any way detract from the books charms They are quite simply hilariously funny and sarcastic and cynical too Post war Britain as seen through the jaundiced eye of a child And so full of quotes This was the first time I had read Molesworth since at least 35 years ago, and I was tickled to discover how many little things that I say regularly originated in these pages. One of the funniest books I have ever read And re read And re re read times without number A gauranteed pick me up, no matter how down you are Do ye ken John Plunk in his tinkle tinkle zing will be with me forever. As good as ever A book to skim, laugh at, then put away for another few years Not a gud way to lurn to spel. You do not review Molesworth, you can only pay homage to one of the funniest creations in English literature Almost 60 years since Nigel Molesworth, the curse of St Custards, turned a withering eye on the English public school system, the British class system, and life in general, his four masterpieces, Down With Skool , How to be Topp , Whizz for Atoms , and Back in the Jug Agane are still as fresh as the day they were written The collaboration of Geoffrey Willans who crafted the inimitable prose and eveninimitable spelling and Ronald Searle who drew the matchless illustrations, produced a little world of surreal perfection which is still mercifully open to those who can leave their grown upness outside the creaking gates of St Custard s Chiz, I think while riting this revew I have been chaneling fotherington tomas you kno he sa Hullo clouds hullo sky he is a girlie and love the scents and sounds of nature, as any fule kno. Advanced Forthright Signifficant.