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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Augustus Carp Esq. - review

Augustus Carp - the book illustration
We have all come across him – or at least his descendants. Augustus Carp is a monster: an arrogant, self-righteous (and self-serving) prig, misogynist and crashing bore. Believing himself to be the epitome of a Christian (or “Xtian”) gentleman, Augustus cheerfully ignores the caution “let him that is without sin cast the first stone” for in his eyes he IS without sin. He takes malicious pleasure in exposing and punishing those who fail to measure up to his own exacting standards – especially if he gains personal advantage as a result.

A monster, but what a comic creation he is.

Augustus displays a stunning lack of insight that leads to hilarious encounters as he constantly misinterprets the reactions of others to his pompous outpourings. His encounters with Mrs Lorton are especially enjoyable as her stifled laughter is interpreted as emotional sobs of remorse.

Both he and his father are steeped in the deadly sins that they affect to condemn. They are martyrs to gastric problems and chronic flatulence as a result of their gluttony.  There is not one ounce of charity in Augustus’ soul, but avarice, pride, sloth and envy abound in this “really good man”.

As you laugh (and laugh you will) you also long for him to get his comeuppance. He does, deliciously, but there is a sting in the tail as Augustus is reborn to plague the next generation.

I’ve just re-read it for the third time and still find myself snorting with laughter. Beg, steal, borrow (or even buy!) this book. Almost 90 years old and still, in my opinion, a masterpiece.

Augustus Carp, Esq. Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man. by Sir Henry Howarth Bashford

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3 Comments:

Blogger Alison Hobbs said...

33Well deserved publicity for Mr. Carp. He's one of our favourite characters. As is, of course, Mrs. Carp.

February 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Indeed, it was you & Chris that first introduced me to him.

Knowing Augustus has made reading and listening to moralising pundits so much more enjoyable.

And there are so many to enjoy!

February 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger bob the hamster said...

By 'eck bruv, you are back on air! Welcome back.

February 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM  

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