Espirit de Corps by Lawrence Durrell

Well, this was a little sleeper of a book!  It has only 89 pages and
has at least 89 laughs.

It was written by Lawence Durrell —I read Justine by him a long time
ago.  Ho-hum.  But this little dear has some very short essays–nine in
number and gives humorous reminisces of life in the British Foreign
Office following World War II.

Are you still with me??  Before you go, take down the name of the illustrator—V.H.Drummond—delightful cartoons dropped into each essay–
ha-ha-can’t stop laughing.

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OK, for the one of you left, I’ll keep writing—Durrell has some fun with
these tales, but I’ll warn you–he flunked political correctness in some of
them.  Still, brevity is the soul of wit as they say, and you can’t hate a
book that has short prose!

One of my favorite bits is “Frying the Flag” and is about two old spinster
ladies who put out a newspaper if you can call it that—and hand-type each
and every word———-with just one word or two out of place or misspelled
—and the resulting headlines are hilarious . . . here are the old dears:

illus for "Frying the Flag" by V.H.Drummond in Espirit de Corps by Durrell

illus for “Frying the Flag”
by V.H.Drummond in Espirit de Corps by Durrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And another goodie is about the time that Polk-Mowbray was at a state
dinner and swallowed a moth:

illus by V.H. Drummond in Espirit de Corps by Durrell

illus by V.H.
Drummond in Espirit de Corps by Durrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe these don’t sound funny the way I’ve described them—and let’s face
it, the “Foreign Office” has a stodgy air about it . . .but Durrell has
a brilliant hand in sneaking up on you when you least expect it and landing
a punch line–and there you are!  Laughing!

Three button review:

three buttons bought in Covent Garden---to celebrate the British Foreign Service review! ©booksandbuttons

three buttons bought in Covent Garden—to celebrate the British Foreign Service review! ©booksandbuttons

 

 

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