Spud

It’s South Africa, 1990. The country still squirms under the iron fist of Apartheid. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela, and more importantly, it’s Spud Milton’s first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.

Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has to forge a new life for himself in this foreign and sometimes hostile environment.
Surrounded by names such as Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path towards manhood. (The path, it seems, could be a rather long road.)

Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal nightswimming to the cricket field, from ghostbusting to teacher baiting. He also invites us into the mind of a boy struggling to come to terms with a strange new world; a boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity.
Author:
John van de Ruit
Format:
Paperback

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It’s South Africa, 1990. The country still squirms under the iron fist of Apartheid. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela, and more importantly, it’s Spud Milton’s first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.

Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has to forge a new life for himself in this foreign and sometimes hostile environment.
Surrounded by names such as Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path towards manhood. (The path, it seems, could be a rather long road.)

Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal nightswimming to the cricket field, from ghostbusting to teacher baiting. He also invites us into the mind of a boy struggling to come to terms with a strange new world; a boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity.

Product details

Author:
John van de Ruit
Publisher:
Penguin Book Group
Imprint:
Penguin SA
ISBN:
9780143024842
Audience:
General
Pages:
389
Width (mm):
0
Length (mm):
0
Awards:
Winner of The Booksellers' Choice Award 2006.
Weight (g):
325

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A fun, funny, light-hearted read where you cannot help but paw away at the pages! Van der Ruit has created a novel that makes entertaining reading for both youths and adults alike. Once you've finished with it you'll miss the lark of the Crazy Eight so much that you'll instantly feel compelled to buy the next novel (The Madness Continues) as I did. This is refreshing local fiction at its best and in my opinion a big "screw you" to the likes of JM Coetzee whose writing about South Africa is morbid and deeply depressing

Fast read

What a fun read!!

If you are depressed you have to read this. Its a great laugh.

What starts off as a riotously funny book that had me in stitches, unfortunately later bogs down in the unrealistic mental anguish suffered by the main character about his love life. I also think it is unlikely that a teacher would be discussing literature with a 13 year old. What really spoils the book is that the author sees fit to in include large dollops of political commentary. The struggle is long over.

The funniest book Ive read in years

If you want to spend your reading time with your legs crossed and holding your tummy with laughter, this is the book to read. An easy read that will have you rushing off to buy the follow up. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

DELIGHTFULY FUNNY!

Though I suspect he might not like this, I must admit that I found Spud to be somewhat reminiscent of Adrian Mole! A fun and easy to read book with the most delightful characters ever! I don't see how anyone could not enjoy reading this book...it's genuinely hilarious without even trying too hard!

A taste of teenage adventure and comedy.

This is one of the funniest and most entertaining books I have read. Once you start reading it you won't be able to put it down again..! It has that exciting edge to it, with events that keep you entertained on every page. It's about a boy, nicknamed Spud, who goes to boarding school to start his highschool career. There he goes through teenage challenges and tells the story of how he lives and handles school. His comedic personality will keep you entertained for hours of reading. I recommend this book for teenage boys and for adults who enjoy laughting and like adventure and excitement..

funny...

I liked this book. It reads like a diary - which isn't something that I usually enjoy - but anyone who was ever in boarding school will really be able to relate to alot of the madness described. Some pages were so funny they almost made me cry. In general it was a good easy read, well written...but no heavy hook in it?

Oh, so GREAT!

This book...how can I describe it? Brilliant! There is all the reality of a child going away to an elite boarding school and his struggle to fit in. His parents are deranged and his Grandma (Wombat) is just plain bonkers. There is the coming forth with feelings for others and the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. The book is written in a diary format and it does have some rather weird parts in it that would not be recommended for children younger than eleven.

Worth it!

This is probably one of the best books I have read in a long time. Having attended an elite girls' school myself, I was able to identify with the characters in the book. John Milton (aka Spud), Gecko, Rambo, and the other five members of the crazy eight, as well as Spud's strange parents will have you in fits of laughter from the very first page. So too will the antics of his eccentric English teacher, The Guv. Ah and let's also not forget the blossoming of young love, along with all the hormonal confusion it brings... I recommend this book to everyone between the ages of 13 to 100! It really is worth every penny.

 

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