Just Recompense

Just Recompense Basil Ackroyd a refugee from a financial scandal in an English municipal council becomes the mayor of a small town in the French Midi saturated with expatriates He has been running the town as his o

  • Title: Just Recompense
  • Author: Douglas Spencer Wallis
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  • Page: 388
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  • Basil Ackroyd, a refugee from a financial scandal in an English municipal council, becomes the mayor of a small town in the French Midi saturated with expatriates He has been running the town as his own domain for many years when outside influences threaten to rob him of his ill gotten gains His total lack of sensibility to those around him and insatiable greed blinds hiBasil Ackroyd, a refugee from a financial scandal in an English municipal council, becomes the mayor of a small town in the French Midi saturated with expatriates He has been running the town as his own domain for many years when outside influences threaten to rob him of his ill gotten gains His total lack of sensibility to those around him and insatiable greed blinds him to the real situation and his efforts to combat the menace results in multiple mishaps and a worsening of his position The hero, Basil Ackroyd, is gloriously Machiavellian and amoral, endlessly scheming and machinating for his own selfish benefit and advantage Unfortunately for Basil, his schemes have a habit of blowing up in his face and destroying him But he is never discouraged and is endlessly re inventive and strangely there are those who can t help liking him.

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      It is a shame and bad taste to be an alien, and it is no use pretending otherwise There is no way out of it A criminal may improve and become a decent member of society A foreigner cannot improve Once a foreigner, always a foreigner There is no way out for him George MikesI am sure this is as true for me as anyone living their life in another country I adore to live in France but am reconciled to the fact that I will always be an alien So be it, I often cannot understand my wife, it is not so much a question of the mist of language but that strange blurring that occurs when cultures do not blend No matter how well you combine them they eventually separate and I become an Englishman floating around in a delectable French soup.However I must say I am tolerated by my hosts with the deep understanding and kindness of a family who have taken in a stray dog with a weak bladder I am seemingly unable to survive without their constant succor and tolerance of my occasional lapses But we get along well enough, except when it comes to the game of rugby, although a relatively new form of combat it does bring out some primeval desire for battle, just for the sake of it, between the perfidious albion and the noble French.

    411 thoughts on “Just Recompense”

    1. A rollicking romp set in southern France where the hero is an English mayor of the town.A scamp and jouisseur, the mayor gets into endless trouble as his nefarious actions get him deeper and deeper into trouble throughout the book.It read like a Carry On series, and I kept feeling that Sid James might suddenly appear saying ‘Gor blimey, luv', or Barbara Windsor pop up from behind the bar and drop her bra.It’s a great book if you are into farces, but the fly in the ointment is that the book s [...]


    2. I have not read a protagonist so unscrupulous and ultimately self-destructive since the likes of Scarlet O’Hara.Basil Ackroyd, the portly English expat and self-preserving mayor of Durac, France, returns in this second installment of Douglas Spencer Wallis’ dark farce series. Picking up right where Futile Deceptions left off, Just Recompense finds Basil only weeks after the prior fiasco. Unfortunately, another fiasco is always inevitable. It’s astounding that anyone so morally-repugnant ca [...]


    3. Basil, the bumbling English expatriate mayor of a small French town, tries to clear up a mess that multiplies like the many headed hydra. A woman wants to defame Basil for aiding illegal immigrants. Basil must collect money from an old enemy to pay his uncle for a statue. His wife wants to retain her identity as a bimbo while secretly running a company that intends to sell a property to help Basil's debt. Foreigners pursue the dodging mayor with demands for the return of unknown possessions that [...]


    4. A well written, incredibly fast paced farce based in a small French town. It reminded me in many ways of the farces written for the stage by Alan Ayckbourn and I confess when reading several times I pondered how this story could be translated to the stage. "Oh what a tangled web of deceit we weave."A surprise visit from Ginger, an old "friend" from England sets off a bizzarre chain of events involving Mayor Basil Ackroyd as the patrons of a local bar look on in amusement. The more Basil tries to [...]


    5. I have not read a protagonist so unscrupulous and ultimately self-destructive since the likes of Scarlet O’Hara. Basil Ackroyd, the portly English expat and self-preserving mayor of Durac, France, returns in this second installment of Douglas Spencer Wallis’ dark farce series. Picking up right where Futile Deceptions left off, Just Recompense finds Basil only weeks after the prior fiasco. Unfortunately, another fiasco is always inevitable. It’s astounding that anyone so morally-repugnant c [...]


    6. A screwball comedy about the English mayor of a small French town, "Just Recompense" is the second installment in a series that may appeal most to fans of British staples like "Carry On" and "Are You Being Served."Basil Ackroyd, the main character, is a Brit living in the French countryside with his wife and children after being forced to leave the UK under vague scandalous circumstances. Somehow Basil is Mayor of a French town, despite his nationality and his past. Basil seems to always find tr [...]


    7. THE TROUBLES OF BASIL ARKROYD; HUMOUR, TRAGEDY, WOMEN AND GREEDA medieval story about a British man who by quirks of birth and fate became citizens of France and the despirate struggles of immigrants living in Durac. The end justifies the struggles, the means and their perseverance in the peculiarity of a town under the threacherous Maire of Durac, Basil Arkroyd. The conversation are lively,jocular, me sort of good English humour served in a french coffee cup is such a maze but that which still [...]


    8. This book was a difficult read for me for several reasons. The formatting was terrible to follow properly, with line and word spacing inconsistent throughout. The author did forewarn about this but if he wishes to receive decent reviews then the book should be supplied in its final and published format. The whole book reads like a screenplay for a Carry On film or a Whitehall Farce UK stage production from the 1950s and 60s. There is very little descriptive narrative for the contextual setting a [...]


    9. Just Recompense, the second installment of Basil Ackroyd’s France, rises to the lofty bar set by Futile Deceptions.Amid the aftermath of his previous series of disasters, Basil is confronted by characters from his past. We learn a little more about him, as the master manipulator and swindler is played by those of his own ilk. Everyone is working an angle, some more than one, or hiding a secret. Even Basil’s wife and the uselessly timid policeman are knee deep in conspiracy.Once again, the au [...]


    10. Basil Ackroyd, a dodgy Englishman, is the Mayor of Durac, a French town, and has to untangle the many tangles that he has got himself into, thanks to past and present associations. There is a large cast, all with secrets of their own, including Basil's wife Lindy and his notaire Abdul Bin Avay, his chef Stavros, and the local policeman Klaus Klinker. A fellow from his past, Ginger Frampton, gets himself blown up, and George/Jimmy Wang, a Chinese businessman, wants his million bucks that he think [...]


    11. I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.“Just Recompense” is the story of a rather goofy anti-hero, Basil Ackroyd. Basil is the opposite of a typical hero, having an astonishing lack of ethics. His personal philosophy seems to be, “If I can get away with it, it’s okay.” That being the case, he gets himself into several misadventures and other problems that are quite comical. Aside from multiple typos, including: “the bulky form of town’s mayor” , where [...]


    12. This book was difficult for me to get into because of the minimal set-up. At the beginning, I had no idea who the characters were, or what the driving forces behind the plot were. While the author may enjoy trying to tell the story by having the reader plop in, say as a witness to a series of events, it’s like bringing in a stranger in a conversation within a group of old friends chatting about what they did the past week, drawing upon names and events that they have known for years. Also, it [...]


    13. Wallis throws an unscrupulous rotund hero into a comic misadventure with a femme fatale, an uncle, a police inspector, and the usual friends in Durac. The second installment in the series on the dual-national mayor, Basil Ackroyd, is electrically alive and a riot! All danger, hostility and instability is resolved by the end in slapstick manner.I received a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair, unbiased and non-reciprocal review.



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