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Ople both fictional and historical the King Lester Pearson and Winston Churchill Three Cheers For Me was first published in 1962 to wide critical acclaim This expanded version first appeared in 1973 to launch the series now known as The Bandy Pape. All I can say is that if you want a great Laugh about the ups and downs of an incompetent and lovable bumbling hero of a flyer you have to read all of The Bandy Papers Books I have never laughed till I couldn t breath so much in my life

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Three Cheers for Me The Journals of Bartholomew Bandy RFC

It is 1916 Bartholomew Bandy fourth year medical student decides that it is time to join the War The prim young Canadian expects that he will have few problems remaining clean and virtuous But he is aware that his bland horse like face drives peop. Undeservedly obscure this book kicks off the series of novels that follow Bartholomew Bandy and his military exploits from WWI through WWII The stolid and cheerful Bandy son of a rural Canadian pastor finds himself shipped off to Europe to serve in the infantry armed with much advice about protecting his feet and strict parental commands to abstain from alcohol tobacco and sex He promises to do so He tries to keep his promises but he fails through a series of accidents or through the general backsliding that happens sometimes when people are far from home It wouldn t be much of a novel anyway if he were successful At first the only possible survival strategy amidst the complete chaos of the war and paucity of useful information about how the war was going for those on the ground is the non strategy of going with the flow Almost everything Bandy does seems unintentional but things start to work out for him anyway Shortly after arriving at the Western Front he unintentionally distinguishes himself and is able to transfer out of the infantry and into the Royal Flying Corps a precursor to the Royal Air Force His fortunes especially improve once he gets out of the trenches and into the air Through a series of unlikely incidents Bandy becomes acuainted with aristocrats and senior officers as he collects medals and citations Unlike George MacDonald Fraser s Flashman series The Bandy Papers as the collected novels are called include no analysis of the historical events they portray Bandy does not guide the readers or provide perspective on great events the way Flashman does Flashman is historically self aware Bandy is not Fraser s passion for footnotes is apparently lost on Donald Jack Bandy s creator So readers do not learn if the novel s characters are historical figures or if specific events in the novels are historically accurate The Bandy Papers are less intellectually edifying and less morally objectionable than the Flashman books See my reviews especially of the first Flashman novel But Bandy manages to entertain With its absurd and slapstick plot and wartime mortality 3 Cheers for Me bears comparison to Heller s Catch 22 than it does to many historical novels

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Le crazy and that he has a certain tendency to be accident prone How will the war affect him and vice versa The realities of trench war at the front provide a contrasting backdrop for his adventures as he blunders into contact with all sorts of pe. This was an unexpected gem that I found by accident Right off the bat I ll wager this is as good as any Wodehouse you ll find he praised it highly and its protagonist made me smile the way Bertie Wooster does Young Bart Bandy of Beamington Ontario tells his tale of joining the Royal Flying Corps in WWI and finding out all kinds of things about himself Without spoiling anything you ll laugh out loud at the bathtub and several other scenes Bart wends his way through family love sort of the trenches the skies over the Western Front and Buckingham Palace becoming fantastically successful and fantastically dangerous to one person in particular This comic tale is bound together by the author s great feel for scene and dialog and it s also full of ripping yarn flying Don t let all the fun obscure the underlying tragic messages about war and family though which you ll find poke into the narrative at a few appropriate times This book is highly recommended and I m off now to find of author Donald Jack s Bandy papers


10 thoughts on “Three Cheers for Me The Journals of Bartholomew Bandy RFC

  1. says:

    Undeservedly obscure this book kicks off the series of novels that follow Bartholomew Bandy and his military exploits from WWI through WWII The stolid and cheerful Bandy son of a rural Canadian pastor finds himself shipped off to Euro

  2. says:

    That was a fun little rompJack delivers some great anecdotes filled with dead pan humour This collection chronic

  3. says:

    For fans of Flashman Biggles and Inspector Clouseau or maybe even Inspector GadgetBart Bandy is the anti hero who comes up trumps I kept imaging Bart in the visage of Rik Mayall's Lord Flashheart from the Blackadder seriesFurther review here

  4. says:

    uirky laugh out loud exploits of one of the most endearing bumbling characters I have ever come across in a book He is Mr Bean all three of the Stooges and Red Skelton rolled into one He is also Canadian Great Read

  5. says:

    I cannot believe that I have not reviewed this favourite until now I had collected a few words about the longer series that comprise The Collected Bandy Papers Vols 1 9 They are modern day comedy classics and Three Cheers for Me is the one that kicked it off and garnered the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour back in the 60'sIn point of fact

  6. says:

    This was an unexpected gem that I found by accident Right off the bat I'll wager this is as good as any Wodehouse you'll find he praised it highly and its protagonist made me smile the way Bertie Wooster does You

  7. says:

    This is a re issue of an old series from the seventies but I loved this tale of teetotal Bartholomew Bandy prone to calamity but devout and stalwart He manages to find danger wherever he goes but his adventures grip and amuse in eual measure

  8. says:

    All I can say is that if you want a great Laugh about the ups and downs of an incompetent and lovable bumbling hero of a flyer you have to read all of The Bandy Papers Books I have never laughed till I couldn't breath so much in my life

  9. says:

    An interesting discovery Bandy is an innocent abroad who isn’t actually that innocent Fun reading a whole series to look forward to P G Woodhouse meets Evelyn Waugh sort of

  10. says:

    One of my favourite authors of all time I find it impossible to read this book without inelegant snorting chuckling guffawing and other inelegant noises of appreciation Highly recommended