Start by marking “Spud: Learning to Fly” as Want to Read: In this third instalment, Spud, now 16 and growing up, takes on one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. John Howard van de Ruit is a South African novelist, actor, playwright and producer. Spud-Learning to fly transports the reader on an authentic tragicomic journey, deep into the sublime and ridiculous world of being a teenager. It is the third and . Spud Milton (practically a man in most areas) is hoping for a smooth ride as he returns to boarding school as a senior. But instead he finds his.
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This is the third book in the series Spud , which is about a young white student entering a prestigious boarding school by scholarship in South Africa, around the fall of the apartheid. The school's social environment prizes Hypermasculinity and refers to the concept for establishing its standards for behavior and appearance, which creates a rather violent and chaotic setting. However, one decent thing that comes out of this is the deep sense of camaraderie, as the main character, Spud, is indoct This is the third book in the series Spud , which is about a young white student entering a prestigious boarding school by scholarship in South Africa, around the fall of the apartheid.
However, one decent thing that comes out of this is the deep sense of camaraderie, as the main character, Spud, is indoctrinated into a tight knit group comprised of his house mates dubbed the 'Crazy Eight'. They go on mischievous adventures and daring pranks, and often create trouble and get into trouble. At first thought, I would think that this plot wouldn't particularly interest me or someone from my demographic, but the truth is, it's become my favorite series ever, to the extent that I would call it my Harry Potter.
This is a coming of age series, as each book corresponds to each year of his high school education. It follows his antics and relations with his friend circle and romantic interests, and it is rip roaringly funny. The reader grows up with the boys and goes through their adventures, pranks, and dares, which are all a dime a dozen in a given period of time. The writer himself acknowledges the pitfalls and the high points of the culture that surrounds him and pokes great fun at the whole ridiculousness of growing up.
What I mean to say, to just shut up and wrap it all up, is that the reader is included in the camaraderie and is one of the 'Crazy Eight'.
Very excited to read the final book; I'll undoubtedly shed a few or more tears. View 1 comment. Feb 10, Emi rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Rambo and Simon also got more "pagetime" so it was nice to see them and their character more. Simon, in particular, grew on me a bit more, and Rambo- well, he was being Rambo. Garlic- the new character and member of the Crazy 8. Vern- i love him. The Fragile Five- the new first-years. Pike- whoa, that was quite a final scene there. Pike was definitely the boy who liked to bully the person he was attracted to. Nov 18, Liza rated it liked it.
Spud returns. This book series is starting to look like some kind of SA version of Harry Potter, with Michaelhouse instead of Hogwarts minus the girls and wand waving of course.
The book certainly has a lot of charm and is wrought with nostalgia for the days of teenage mayhem and angst. But it does lack the unabashed zaniness of the first book, where all the characters were introduced.
The first book was an absolute scream, the other two were merely funny. The books are also getting a bit more Spud returns. The books are also getting a bit more complex and are growing up along with Spud. He is Mr Average, stuck somewhere in between.
I think its refreshing and provides an interesting standpoint for observation of both the "alpha males" and the "bottom feeders". I am still not sure if I like Spud as a person. For that matter I am not sure I like any of the characters as people, except maybe Gecko from book one, who conveniently died before he could become unlikable.
But I guess that is one of the better aspects of the books, is that you really see these guys as genuine flesh and blood people and not made up characters. That's pretty rare. Aug 06, Quintin Merwe rated it it was amazing. The only bit I'll say about this book on top of what I've already said about the first two is that I actually went and bought this book the day after I finished number two Just had to read the rest. I hope that John is going to release another book in this serious - it feels unfinished Very funny once again and I appreciate the say that the writer jokes around in a clever enough way that I don't feel like I'm being spoon fed the funny bits.
I can imagine that some people might not catch The only bit I'll say about this book on top of what I've already said about the first two is that I actually went and bought this book the day after I finished number two I can imagine that some people might not catch all the 'nested' jokes though, but it keeps the book real and it makes the funny bits truly funny and not forced as was my impression of the first book during the first two chapters; not sure if he just got better at writing this as he made progress.
Overall, a very nice job!! Very entertaining. Aug 06, Shirley rated it it was amazing. Once again, a beautifully written story by John van de Ruit. I thoroughly ejoyed the whole series. It was interesting to read how Spud grew and matured into a fine young man. I was surprised to find myself shedding a tear or two at the end of this book. I sincerely hope that John will be giving us more of the adventures of Spud Milton!
Dec 15, Stefan rated it it was amazing. And the boy becomes the man Feb 19, Luke rated it it was amazing. Another amazing spud book. Jul 24, Ifahh rated it it was amazing Shelves: I personally hate diary-like entries in books, but the Spud trilogy is something different.
It really really is a hilarious read. I disliked the Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging because it was all centred on the protagonist, but this book was all-rounded. It showed about friendship and Spud's daily struggles. Though I admit I skipped parts on when he played cricket -- that part bored me to death But overall, I absolutely loved reading about Spud from book 1 and look forward to future books ab I personally hate diary-like entries in books, but the Spud trilogy is something different.
Though I admit I skipped parts on when he played cricket -- that part bored me to death But overall, I absolutely loved reading about Spud from book 1 and look forward to future books about him. Jun 09, Robert rated it it was amazing. I disagree with those reviewers who maintain that 2 and 3 disappoint. Spud is a real teenager in these books, and the teen-psychology and claustrophobic school atmosphere are wonderfully portrayed.
I hope books 2 and 3 will be filmed: And I look forward to book no.
Apr 22, David Fick rated it liked it. I just finished reading Spud: Learning to Fly , the most recent in the series of Spud books. This latest one is better than the second book, and almost achieves the balance of adventure, schoolboy fun and poignancy that made the first book so effective. Jan 03, Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing. I could not believe that the trials of a few very badly behaved boys could have me laughing out loud and then crying a few pages later.
This is a must read and probably my favourite book in the series. Aug 09, Kailash Maharaj rated it liked it. I have been after this book for a while. I have become a fan of Spud Milton and his growing-up angst and related to the youngster. I enjoyed this book but some of the magic of its predecessors was missing.
I look forward to the fourth book. Mar 25, Mpumi Sithole rated it it was amazing. Exhilarating, i wish I was a boy: Mar 26, Angelika Brzozowska added it. Great book. Was quite as funny as the first and second one with more twists and turns of funnyness.
Jan 10, Elzaan rated it liked it. Sep 21, Layla Rohan rated it it was amazing. Again, a brilliant read!
I was very sad on finishing this book purely because there were no more books in the series. I would definitely re-read! Jan 05, Rebekah rated it it was amazing Shelves: I picked this book off my local library shelf a couple of years ago without knowing anything about Spud, without having ever watched a Troye Sivan video and definitely without knowing that there was a film adaptation.
And pages later, I was hooked! Now, rereading it, I love this book even more. I holds a special place in my heart because it was the one which introduced me into the fandom I subscribed to Troye before I knew he was an actor, so imagine my utter JOY when I discovered that these I picked this book off my local library shelf a couple of years ago without knowing anything about Spud, without having ever watched a Troye Sivan video and definitely without knowing that there was a film adaptation.
I holds a special place in my heart because it was the one which introduced me into the fandom I subscribed to Troye before I knew he was an actor, so imagine my utter JOY when I discovered that these two loves of mine were linked!
The Crazy 8 are all so realistic and have such great chemistry together.