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Augustus Carp, Esq.

Augustus Carp Esq A Churchwarden Sunday school superintendent and President of the St Potamus Purity League Augustus Carp is assiduous in exposing the sins and foibles of others while studiously ignoring his own Alt

  • Title: Augustus Carp, Esq.
  • Author: Henry Howarth Bashford
  • ISBN: 9781853754111
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Churchwarden, Sunday school superintendent, and President of the St Potamus Purity League, Augustus Carp is assiduous in exposing the sins and foibles of others while studiously ignoring his own Although he campaigns against lechery, drinking, and smoking, he manages to indulge himself in plenty of other vices in the name of piety The seriously Carp takes himself,A Churchwarden, Sunday school superintendent, and President of the St Potamus Purity League, Augustus Carp is assiduous in exposing the sins and foibles of others while studiously ignoring his own Although he campaigns against lechery, drinking, and smoking, he manages to indulge himself in plenty of other vices in the name of piety The seriously Carp takes himself, the ridiculous he becomes His frequent falls from dignity are uproarious from his inability to climb off buses without falling over to his lifelong problems with flatulence As a satire on hypocrisy, there is nothing quite like it in English prose.

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    1. Absolutely hilarious. Don't really need to say more.but I will. Carp is a totally obnoxious, arrogant, self-righeous prig who has purportedly written his own memoir; I squirmed with embarassment at his total lack of self knowledge and laughed out loud at his failure to grasp people's reactions to his holding forth. The wonderful thing is we stand, as the reader, in a position of interpreting correctly people's guffaws and sarcasms but Carp misreads and preens quite riotously. Marvelously named c [...]

    2. The rating system for makes it more difficult to award 5 stars, as not every book that you enjoy is "amazing". I had no hesitation in ranking this book as 5 star, however, as it is absolutely brilliant! Very, very funny and while it is much less well known than Three Men in a Boat or The Diary of a Nobody, it is as good (if not better) than either of these. The wonderfully pompous hypocrisy of Augustus is beautifully written and the characters that surround him are equally eccentric and grotesq [...]

    3. A comic masterpiece which deserves to be much better known. The title character is a monster of self-unawareness and pomposity, but a hilarious one; the type of book that you shouldn't read while in company, because you'll alternately be laughing out loud and trying to read great chunks of it to anyone who's nearby.

    4. I don't know how I failed to discover this comic masterpiece until now, but a pleasure all the greater for being deferred, I suppose. The only sobering aspect is that Carps still walk among us, almost century later.

    5. The story of Augustus Carp, as only he could tell it. This satirical faux autobiography from 1924 was a delight to read. It felt like a vacation from reading contemporary books, even though we all know someone like Carp in every generation. The pomposity and lack of self-awareness of Augustus Carp (and his father, also named Augustus Carp) is the source of humor. In the first paragraph he explains his moral duty to write about himself so as to set an example in society as a man of such high mora [...]

    6. This book is hilarious and brilliantly sustained throughout. It's impossible to quote from it, though the extract given as the description of the contents will give the flavour. Get hold of a copy and read it as soon as possible.

    7. Free download here -- manybooks/titles/bashfordh25 JUL 2014 - Friday is "clean-the-house" night. And, thankfully, it is done. So, I have downloaded this one and will enjoy reading Augustus' story tomorrow. WooHoo!!26 JUL 2014 -- Chap. 3 -- this made me laugh out to picture this scene in my mind -- Suffering though he was, my father then rose to his feet and was once more about to address Desmond, when Mrs O'Flaherty, revealed in her true character, ferociously caught him by the shoulders. As I h [...]

    8. A classic annihilation of English society in the late 19th century and still relevant today. Full of one-liners, never to be forgotten, wonderful names, fantastic illustrations, it conjures up a world of prigs living in a world they feel they understand, but never will. I started this book in 1985, and felt sated with the first few pages - I went on to recommend it to several friends and bought them copies - but to my shame this is the first time I have read it from cover to cover, and it is muc [...]

    9. An obscure gem if ever there was one. I first came across Augustus Carp in the late 70s when Kenneth Williams read it on the radio – wonder if there’s a recording of that anywhere? Finally I tracked it down in a second-hand bookshop, and I’ve probably read it once a year since then. It’s in one of my favourite sub-genres, the satirical bogus autobiography (see also Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Little Me and my own stab at it, I Must Confess). Augustus is by his own account ‘a really good [...]

    10. For those who are curious about learning "the theory of mind", this book is a challenge. You must look at the world through the eyes and minds and self-image of an exceptionally nasty piece of humanity: a god-fearing, law-abiding, litigious, humorless, pontificating self-righteous “good man” who made his life’s work of lecturing others and torturing them at any given chance to “punish the sinful”. The story started slowly from his birth till his youth. Then the story picked up speed ti [...]

    11. ~ No apology for writing this review ~It is customary, I have noticed, in writing a review, to preface it with some sort of caveat. But there are times, and surely the present is one of them, when to do so is manifestly unnecessary.For some time - I am now forty-one and in the full flower of my southern metropolitan Xtian manhood - I had been feeling the need to review this admirably conceived book with increasing urgency. And when not only my wife and her four sisters, but the vicar of my Paris [...]

    12. This satirical novel from 1924 is a masterpiece. Augustus Carp decides at the ripe old age of 47 to write his autobiography. He is a glutton, a hypocrite and a coward who blackmails and bullies his way through life.ways convinced he is a true Christian (or Xtian, as he spells it). After obtaining a job with a publisher of improving literature, he dedicates his life to eating and sermonizing. He is particularly interested in saving a pretty young actress from her misguided ways. When he convinces [...]

    13. A cult favorite of sorts, this is a satirical autobiography of a pious and pompous evangelical (Low Church, rather than Nonconformist for those who keep track of such subtleties), published anonymously in 1924 and set a few years earlier, though world events and technological innovation matter little in the narrow confines of Southeast London where our complacent "hero" plies his trade.Guided and inspired by his identical father, the two get ahead (though not very far) in the world, neither by g [...]

    14. This book is delightfully horrid. My husband and I read it aloud to each other, and could only handle one or two chapters at a time before we needed a break. The main character is dreadfully odious, and yet you can't help but read a little farther to discover that he really can get worse. I don't think I'll ever read this book again, but it has certainly been an experience I'll never forget.

    15. This is such a delightfully funny gem of a book, very British in its satire and irony, and very much in the tradition of British comic writing, with its priggish, pompous and self-satisfied narrator, Augustus Carp himself, who is firmly convinced of his own self-righteousness, but who in reality is an insufferable hypocrite and bore. First published anonymously in 1924, and later discovered to be the work of a doctor, Sir Henry Howarth Bashford, honorary Physician to George VI, it’s a book tha [...]

    16. An utterly brilliant satire originally released anonymously to give it a not-so-subtle hint of irony. The novel details the coming-of-age of the pitifully pretentious twerp that is Augustus Carp Esq the singular offspring of an equally contemptible member of the lower English aristocracy. I highly recommend owning a copy, but free text is available for you internet gluttons at ibiblio/eldritch/carp/

    17. Top 5 literary characters I want to slap:5. Henry Waugh (The Universal Baseball Association, Inc J. Henry Waugh, Prop.)4. Bellwether (Dimension of Miracles)3. Mr. Collins (Pride and Prejudice)2. Augustus Carp, Sr.1. Augustus Carp, Jr.

    18. "Oh, sin", I cried, "sin - unbelievable sin in Greenwich Park", 24 October 2015This review is from: Augustus Carp, Esq.: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man (Paperback)One of the world's funniest books, narrated by the priggish, self-satisfied, unattractive Augustus - acutely aware of others' failings, but ever on the alert to use them to his own advantage.Bashford's writing is superb, the language conveying such a vivid impression of the pompous character. Thus when his (equally pompou [...]

    19. "Oh, sin", I cried, "sin - unbelievable sin in Greenwich Park", 24 October 2015This review is from: Augustus Carp, Esq.: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man (Paperback)One of the world's funniest books, narrated by the priggish, self-satisfied, unattractive Augustus - acutely aware of others' failings, but ever on the alert to use them to his own advantage.Bashford's writing is superb, the language conveying such a vivid impression of the pompous character. Thus when his (equally pompou [...]

    20. Ignatius Reilly and Charles Pooter togetherI hadn't heard of this book until by chance, very recently. Written less than a hundred years ago, I thought of both 'Diary of a Nobody' and 'A Confederacy of Dunces' while reading it, and thoroughly enjoyed the life story of a rather unlikeable, snooty man portrayed.From childhood to manhood, Augustus Carp is grovelling, self-satisfied and someone you wouldn't really want to spend any time with at all. Outside of the book, of course.It's a rather funny [...]

    21. There's an odd phenomenon that happens with some books: there you are, quite happily reading your way through when all of a sudden you realise that you've had enough and just want to give up. That's what happened with Augustus Carp, 'the funniest unknown book in the world' according to the quote on the front cover. First published anonymously in 1924, It is a funny book in a very English way. Augustus and his father are appalling creations: self-righteous, priggish to a monstrous degree and crim [...]

    22. Wonderfully dead-pan humour utilised to asset-strip the bloated pomposity that is Augustus Carp, Esq. down to his nether integuments! What is revealed is a man of small parts but great pretensions, & the reader is privy to even his daily ablutions as if they were sacred rituals of a demi-god! This comic novel pins the 'really good man' like a monstrous moth to a board, an exhibit on a museum walla evolutionary cul-de-sacwritten-up, as if in the annals of an entymologist's compendium of bizar [...]

    23. Absolutely HilariousIf you enjoyed Three Men in a Boat , any P.G. Wodehouse, My Life and Hard Times, or The Diary of a Nobody, you will love this book. It's terrifically funny; satire done right. Short note that the Kindle edition I read did not include the illustrations, so I do feel like I missed out there.

    24. I thought I'd be reading a classic bit of satire, a fake autobiography that really took the late-Victorian middle-class to task. I suppose that was what I got in Augustus Carp, but what the book really expertly skewered was the breed of pompous, litigious, self-important, self-righteous ass which afflicts us all to this day.Get a volume which has the original pictures, you'll be doing yourself a favor. The only downside is that it might be too obscure to have a really good conversation with some [...]

    25. A lovely sustained chuckle of a novel that skewers both the form and content of the gentlemen's memoir from a certain time. Mr. Carp, Esq and father, are gems of comic creation and both deserve a swift kick up the butt. I would caution that, to me, this is a real love it/hate it experience so if you're not in by, say, the 4th chapter, there's no shame in moving on. If you're in, however, it's a very satisfying time!I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest r [...]

    26. I can think of so many people (politicians, mostly), who could have written this :) This is a hilarious 'memoir' of a completely clueless and stuffed up guy called Augustus Carp who is unremarkable in every way you can think of. But he doesn't think so and assumes (correctly) that thousands of people will read his 'memoir' and will benefit from it. Laughter is the best medicine, so yeah, the reader does benefit from reading this book. I loved the way the mother's story arc ended more than anythi [...]

    27. A most amusing study of a pompous father and son duo who are utterly lacking in insight, empathy or compassion, and whose parallel meanness and vices are revealed to the reader through the narrator's inability to suffer shame and total lack of self-knowledge. But at the same time, all the characters in the book are revealed to be lacking in many virtues even though the joke is ultimately on the humourless Augustus Carp, who passed on his name to his ill-fated son, in the inherited belief that tu [...]

    28. There is a free, illustrated version on line, if anyone is interested:ibiblio/eldritch/carp/This was a very amusing read, a perfect snob and holier-than-thou Englishman who really thinks he is better than anyone and more holy than anyone, and who judges everyone else mercilessly. The unrelenting humor comes from his never having a clue how boorish,mysoginist, sanctimonious or funny he is. The ending, which is a delight, made my day. Written in the 1920s under a pseudonym, the book skewers just a [...]

    29. Times have changed, but I still know people like this. I enjoyed this book because it was funny, quick to read in spite of the many unfamiliar words, and because I really love a pompous narrator. It just cracks me up. Augustus Carp, Esq. is the worst type of human being - a holier than thou, socially inept prig. That he learns nothing from his misfortunes is brilliant, and the ending preserves my worst fears of the cycle continuing!

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