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Spud: Learning to fly

Spud: Learning to fly

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As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life’s most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems.

‘I’m practically a man in most areas,’ writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday. The year is 1992 and, as always in South Africa, radical change is in the air. The country may be on the bumpy road to an uncomfortable redemption, but Spud Milton is hoping for a smooth ride as he returns to boarding school as a senior, Instead, he discovers that his vindictive arch enemy is back to taunt him and that a garrulous Malawian has taken residence in his dormitory, along with the regular inmates and misfits he calls friends.

Spud’s world has never seemed less certain; he attempts to master Shakespeare, wrestles constantly with God and the power of negative thinking, and develops an aversion to fried fish after a shocking discovery about his grandmother, Wombat.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
The story continues...

The adventures of Spud and his peers continue in the third installment in the Spud Trilogy. This novel carries through with the dry and plenty of action.
The character development is quite noticeable in this book, as all the individuals seem to mature in their own way. This novel gives you good sense of who Spud Milton really is and his journey into who he's becoming. An enjoyable read for anyone looking to have a good laugh.

Reneiloe Nduna
The Antics Continue

This comes as the third book in the series and again is a great read with the author managing to write in a way that balances adventure, schoolboy fun and bitterness. Character development continues for “Spud”, his friends and even his teachers, with boys becoming men and students becoming teachers while keeping with all the humor associated with John van de Ruit in his Spud books.

Hilarious and clever

This book like all the rest in the serious, is hilarious, honest, but at the same time a cautionary tale about toxic masculinity and all boys high schools. It's clear to see the growth the boys have experienced, even as they still partake in the childish activities that make the book so entertaining and them so endearing. They're all caricatures of people we all know and love, and it's easy to insert yourself into the situations, good and bad, and empathise with the high school experience

Mbali Gumede
Perfectly decent book

It seems likely this will be the last book in the series, which is a bit of a shame, as I'm guessing most audiences would want to see the final book . That said, these books have been something of an easy-going, unexpected treat, with a decent mix of comedy and poignancy and, perhaps best of all, John Cleese doing his best Robin Williams/Dead Poets Society impression and pulling it off. He even gets a bit of love interest in the final film, which is a nice touch.

So yes, it's not quite up to the standards of the others, but it's certainly not the mess that some would have us believe.

Ciara Massyn

The third book in the Spud series but just as good as the first book. The book focusses on Spud who grew up and he is just an average person going to school and getting into trouble. The trouble that the Crazy 8 gets into is funny. The characters developed so much over the books. Boys will stay boys and create chaos but that is what I love about the Crazy 8.

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