Blott on the Landscape

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Vintage Books, Oct 1, 1984 - Fiction - 237 pages
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In Blott on the Landscape, the landscape is flawless and the trees majestic until Sir Giles, a man of few principles and curious tastes, plots to destroy all this by building a highway smack through it, to line his own pocket and at the same time to dispose of his wife, the capacious Lady Maude. Sir Giles recruits to his side Hoskins, a corrupt local official, Lord Leakham, the environmental equivalent of a hanging judge, and Dundridge, a troublesome bureaucrat with an unhealthy passion for order. Pitted against this powerful lobby are a mere handful of local residents led by Lady Maude. This explosively comic novel will gladden the heart of everyone who has ever confronted a bureaucrat. Tom Sharpe spells out in riotous detail how the forces of virtue play an exceedingly dirty game when the issue is close to home.

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User Review  - Esta1923 - LibraryThing

Blott on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe is very British: in its setting, and in the background ideas (wealthy, titled persons using clout to get what they want no matter what is best for their community ... Read full review

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User Review  - bluetyson - LibraryThing

A comedy style story, set in England. A developer in a local community basically wants to demolish a town so he can build a bigarse road right through the middle. Needless to say, not all of the ... Read full review


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Tom Sharpe was born in 1928. He did his National Service in the Marines before going to South Africa in 1951 where he was a social worker, and a teacher in Natal. From 1963 to 1972 he was a lecturer in History at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology.