The Hippopotamus, Paperback book

The Hippopotamus[Paperback]

by Stephen Fry

4.00 out of 5 (9 ratings)

Publication Date:
05 August 2004 
Modern & Contemporary 


Ted Wallace is an old, sour, womanising, cantankerous, whisky-sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic, but he has his faults too. Fired from his newspaper, months behind on his alimony payments and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, Ted seeks a few months repose and free drink at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Lord Logan. But strange things have been going on at Swafford. Miracles. Healings. Phenomena beyond the comprehension of a mud-caked hippopotamus like Ted. With this funny and deliciously readable novel, Stephen Fry takes his place as one of the most talented comic novelists of his generation.

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  • Best book Stephen Fry has written. Wonderfully crafted, a good understanding of human nature - and just plain funny.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Sharply written narrative of freeloading elderly poet that covers English upper classes, God and death. It's PG Wodehouse with sex (rather too much in my prudish opinion). It is the best of his I have read.

    5.00 out of 5


  • -- Some people advise to leave a book if it doesn't grab your attention at start. One reason I read is to expand my knowledge. I'm glad I didn't close Stephen Fry's THE HIPPOPOTAMUS permanently after reading first few chapters. I am usually rewarded when I struggle at beginnning of novels. Structure, plot, & characters are interesting as they are revealed. I'm glad I invested some time early in THE HIPPOPOTAMUS. Fry is a great British writer as well as actor. This novel is a modern classic. --

    5.00 out of 5


  • It's laugh out loud funny!

    4.00 out of 5


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