BOOKS: DWARFING THE COMPETITION; by Day He's an Actor in the Ridiculous Red Dwarf, but by Night Robert Llewellyn Has Crafted a Truly Fantastic Novel

By Davies, Paul | The Mirror (London, England), July 16, 1999 | Go to article overview

BOOKS: DWARFING THE COMPETITION; by Day He's an Actor in the Ridiculous Red Dwarf, but by Night Robert Llewellyn Has Crafted a Truly Fantastic Novel


Davies, Paul, The Mirror (London, England)


PUNCHBAG by Robert Llewellyn (Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 9.99)

Let's get one thing straight. As far as I'm concerned, Red Dwarf is one of the most overrated TV shows of the past decade. BBC2's cult (does that mean no one watches it?) sci-fi sitcom is the last word in geekiness, the first word in cheap special effects, a lesson in nativity play-standard acting, and a masterclass in the sort of humour only a very lonely 13-year-old boy would find amusing.

So a novel by actor Robert Llewellyn, who plays rubber-faced robot Kryten in the godawful series, had me hiding behind my 1979 Blake's Seven annual. Hopes weren't high.

It's a surprise then, to find that Punchbag, Llewellyn's second novel, is the most original, thought-provoking book I've read in ages.

A black comedy about rape, violence and men's attitudes to women, Punchbag might not sound like a winning formula, but it's handled with great sensitivity by a writer who knows exactly when to tickle the funny bone and when to ask some serious questions.

Nick Gardener is an unexceptional '90s man. Mid-thirties, with a teenage son from a previous relationship, a messy North London flat, a casual girlfriend in the shape of a pole dancer in America, and a dead end job as a nightclub bouncer, Nick is going nowhere fast. Apart from an impressive set of biceps, he hasn't got much to write home about.

Then he's spotted by Tara, a beautiful Californian woman who wants him to join her in San Francisco to take part in a women's self-defence class called Winning Strategy. It sounds like a breeze, plus he'll get to spend some time with Tiffany the stripper who might just indulge his weirdest sexual fantasies. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

BOOKS: DWARFING THE COMPETITION; by Day He's an Actor in the Ridiculous Red Dwarf, but by Night Robert Llewellyn Has Crafted a Truly Fantastic Novel
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.