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Marge Askinforit

Barry Pain

Book Overview: 

A rollicking parody of the Margot Asquith memoirs, in which Pain’s character, Marge, beguiles us with the most personal details of her dysfunctional family, and delights in relating every cringing, if not wholly accurate, minutiae of her exciting private life.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Bank holidays. I was such a dashing, attractive creature, what?

As to my education, a good deal depends on what is meant by education. The kind that was ladled out at the County Council establishment made little effect upon me. But I was pretty quick at figures, and knew that an investment of half-a-crown at eleven to eight should bring me in a profit of three-and five—provided that the horse won and the man at the fishmonger’s round the corner paid up. My brother Lemberg had the same talent. If he bought a packet of fags and paid with a ten-shilling note, he could [Pg 22]always negotiate the change so that he made ninepence for himself and had the cigarettes thrown in. His only mistake was in trying to do it twice at the same shop, but the scar over his right eye hardly shows now. A sharp-cornered tobacco-tin was not the thing to have hit him with anyhow.

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Community Reviews

I really liked the humorous turn of phrases that were constantly being used by the writer as Marge tells about her life. However, Sometimes the story became wearying, stretching the interest.
I would have given 5 stars, but the end seemed quite abrupt, the play on words somehow incomprehensible. Per

Autobiographical Comedy

Marge Askinforit, inspired by another autobiography, decides to partake of a little 'artistic license' to tell her story.
What follows is much comedy, suitors who line up to try to win her hand, and a marriage where 58 rejected suitors club together to buy her a handbag "'of no

Having not read the original of which this is the parody, I enjoyed it less than I would have. It's cute, but it would probably have been much more funny with the original in mind. One can enjoy Spaceballs, but unless one has watched the original Star Wars, its depth of parody is lost.

Pretty blah, but cute.