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Three Cheers for Me (The Bandy Papers Book 1) by [Jack, Donald]
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“I enjoyed every word . . . terrifically funny.” P.G. Wodehouse

With his disturbingly horse-like face and a pious distaste for strong drink and bad language, young Bartholomew Bandy doesn’t seem cut out for life in the armed services, as we meet him at the start of the First World War.

Yet he not only survives the dangers and squalor of the infantry trenches, he positively thrives in the Royal Flying Corps, revealing a surprising aptitude for splitarsing Sopwith Camels and shooting down the Hun. He even manages to get the girl.

Through it all he never loses his greatest ability – to open his mouth and put his foot in it.

Donald Jack’s blackly humorous Bandy memoirs are classics of their kind. Against an unshrinkingly depicted backdrop of war and its horrors, his anti-hero’s adventures are both gripping and shockingly funny.

Praise for The Bandy Papers:

"Jack does more than play it for laughs . . . The mingling of humor and horror is like a clown tap-dancing on a coffin, but Jack is skillful enough to get away with it." Time Magazine

For those to whom Bandy is a newcomer, what a treat is in store.” Toronto Star

“Donald Jack has as light a touch with this fragile art as his hero has on throttle of a Sopwith Camel.” New York Times

“To know Bandy is to love him . . . you tend to gallop through and come hurtling out at the end panting for more.” The Sunday Sun

“Bartholomew Bandy is the most remarkable hero (or anti-hero) since Harold Lloyd impersonated the Freshman.” Chicago Tribune

“The Bandy Papers deserve to be read in private where insane giggling can go unnoticed.” Jack Granatstein

"I enjoyed every word . . . terrifically funny." P.G. Wodehouse

“Bartholomew Bandy is back. Cross, outrageous and lovable.” Vancouver Sun

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Farrago (12 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N4COTM0
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view of The Great War 22 April 2017
By G D Pearce - Published on
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Interesting, contemporary view of World War I recounted by a fictional participant. A little dated of course but an enjoyable story with engaging characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, It's him again 29 October 2000
By F. Campbell - Published on
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I have remembered this series since I read it many years ago. What I didn't know was how deeply it had sunk into my being. I have re-read the first three books and am amazed at how much of Bandy I see in myself. As the main character, Bartholomew Bandy, developed and grew, he learned many lessons about life, living, and social interaction. It is only now, after many years, that I realize I have taken to heart many of the lessons Bandy learned. This was and still is a very funny story and I am forever grateful to its author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 22 February 2017
By Sid Nuncius - Published on
I enjoyed Three Cheers For Me a good deal more than I expected to. I tried it because P.G. Wodehouse thought highly of it, but I didn't really know whether I would like it. In fact (after a rather tedious opening chapter or two), I found it readable, funny in places and genuinely touching in others. It had elements of Wodehouse himself, Jerome K. Jerome, Siegfried Sassoon and Cecil Lewis; to my surprise, as well as the humour it gave a powerful, exciting and sometimes moving picture of fighting in the First World War.

The story begins in 1916. It is narrated by Bartholemew Bandy, a naïve, gauche Canadian who enlists in the army to fight in France. He is, of course, hopelessly incompetent, but eventually enlists in the RFC and becomes a pilot. He remains socially inept but finds that in the air he is a brilliant flyer. This gives rise to both comic and genuinely exciting situations.

Although this is billed as a comedy and some parts are genuinely funny, it is the descriptions of life and action at the Front at the Somme and Ypres, and of aerial combat which I found the best parts of this book. These episodes are, in a way, partly comic, but all the more affecting for being so. "Bandy" talks in some places about out-and-out farcical events like wrestling with ancient plumbing in a country house, which reminded me strongly of Three Men In A Boat. In other parts, he uses a similar tone to describe a group of bewildered infantrymen fighting their way into an enemy trench and not knowing what to do, his own terror-induced clumsiness and ineptitude when taking off for his first flight into genuine action and the thrill of flying once he has become extremely skilled at it. The deadpan style lends these things immediacy and real pathos, I think, and through it all Jack creates very believable characters about whom we come to care, and when some are inevitably killed, their loss – described in quiet matter-of-fact tones – genuinely saddened me.

I was surprised to find that these stories were written as late as 1962. They have the feel of having been written by someone who was really there. Jack was in the RAF in the Second World War so his knowledge of flying is intimate, but it is still a considerable achievement to have created such an intimate portrait of an earlier time.

So, this is a mixture of the farcical and the deadly serious. It takes real skill to pull that off successfully, and Jack manages it very well. He was a fine writer and this is an enjoyable and memorable book. I'll be looking out for more by Donald Jack, and I can recommend this warmly.

(I received an ARC via Netgalley.)
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad 11 February 2017
By Leyla - Published on
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I found this book very poignant, I did enjoy it but it made me sad. Written about a boy, off on the big adventure 0f WWI and making light of it - but there is a thread of sadness under it all.
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a beautiful friendship... 15 November 2011
By Blacksmith Al - Published on how I would classify the first of this series of books. I started reading this, attending airshows and drooling over vintage aircraft, in the '70's, a time when the beautiful Mustangs, Spitfires, and other warbirds were being flown by men not yet old who had flown them in WW2. Now I am nearly the same age as these old heroes, yet traces of that geeky, plane-crazy, hero-worshipping kid yet remain.
Enter Bandy, Bartholomew, Lieutenant (acting Captain? Major? Generaloberst? who can tell??) of the R.F.C. He embodies many of those qualities which throughout Canada's history have driven our allies crazy (and our enemies, God take pity on them, even crazier). After starting a very unpromising carreer as an infantry officer in which he manages to capture his own C.O., Bandy ends up transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, where he finds his niche with his feet firmly planted several thousand feet above the ground (and onto his rudder pedals). A natural flier and marksman-quality shooter, he soon makes a name for himself as a fearless, cold-blooded Knight of the Air. On the ground, however, he tends to fall apart in the face (and other parts) of shy young English maidens, buxom French not-so-maidens, English reserve, English plumbing, and King George V.
Throughout this time there are many very technically accurate vignettes of air warfare in the Great War. It is clear that Bandy likely should've been killed several times, but very likely the Grim Reaper was laughing too hard to hold his scythe straight...