Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Pheasant Plucking

This pictorial account of the day-to-day life of an English gamekeeper is of considerable interest to outdoor minded readers as it contains many passages on pheasant-raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper.

Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour those sidelights on the management of a midland shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion the book cannot take the place of J.R.Miller's Practical Gamekeeping.
review of Lady Chatterley's Lover in Field and Stream (1928)

(from Book Lovers Quotations ed. Helen Exley)

(Painting is The Gamekeeper by Richard Ansdell)

5 comments:

sympozium said...

As Mellors would say to the pheasant : Pluck you! :-)

KayKay said...

HaHa! That is priceless. What in blazes did the reviewer think he was reading? "Extraneous material" oh my god! Am still picking myself off the chair having fallen down:-)

So, I guess if the same reviewer took a stab at Conan Doyle it would read something like this:

" The book is an atmospheric guide through the gas-lit streets of London,as seen through a horse drawn carriage.
However, the reader is obliged to wade through pages of extraneous material which include needless digressions into crime,dead bodies,clues and dry meditations on the art of deduction"

-Review of "The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes" in the Tourists Guide To London.

bibliobibuli said...

i'm glad you appreciated it. i thought it was hilarious too.

yes, one could rewrite other books like that too ....

Anonymous said...

I;m not sure if there any real deduction in SH. I'm probably not the first person to think his nickname should be Sheerluck Holmes.

bibliobibuli said...

what does this have to do with this post???