2020-01-05 06:14:16 UTC
an illegal copy, let alone read it but it was entertaining in a nasty way.
Everyone was a political stereotype and fairly stupid so it was easy to
laugh at them from a superior viewpoint. I was surprised at how
one-sided his characters were in expressing anti-American rhetoric, ("No
one of importance had resigned, in the wake of the [torture] scandal.
None of the crack-brained neocons had really been confronted with the
full awfulness of their doctrines.") and how racist they all were,
mainly based on colour with the Frogs and Jews being examples of
specific lack of diplomacy.
The plot involved many people making errors in understanding or in their
plans to create a ridiculous, but amusing, incident told from many
perspectives. He went out of his way to make a joke and became boorish
with his use of medical terms but has a breezy style:
"Sometimes he would exercise clemency, if he were offered a really
rococo excuse, as a bored tutor will indulge a crapubus undergraduate if
his reason for missing a class is truly bizarre and degenerate."
"There was allegedly a ‘dirty bomb’ threat to London, or so said
‘sources’ in the Home Office, with an eye, no doubt, to stirring up
public alarm, and then introducing some fresh repression of liberty.
There were acres of predictable drivel about the security arrangements
for the celebrations today. The police had launched some Al-Qaeda raid
in Wolverhampton and Finsbury. But then there was one of those every
month. In other words, there was nothing important, and certainly
nothing to feed his ludicrous paranoia."