Mr. Scobie's Riddle

Mr Scobie s Riddle A black comedy this novel deals with a group of people in the care of Matron Price who has two saints instead of one to decorate her main entrance

  • Title: Mr. Scobie's Riddle
  • Author: Elizabeth Jolley
  • ISBN: 9780140074901
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mr. Scobie's Riddle

    A black comedy, this novel deals with a group of people in the care of Matron Price who has two saints instead of one to decorate her main entrance.

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    1. Justin Evans

      Very similar in feel, method and quality to Miss Peabody's Inheritance, and just as enjoyable--although this one took a bit longer to get going. Jolley fits nicely next to Muriel Spark on your bookcase, as an author whose liking for comedy, lack of obvious political slant, popularity, and gender has probably kept her from gaining the respect she deserves. Here we have a very serious meditation on aging, and dying, but in the guise of a satire on aged care. It was published in 1983, but wouldn't [...]

    2. Nancy

      This book has been justly compared to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. No Nurse Ratched - but we do have a Matron Hyacinth Price of the ineptly run St. Christopher and St. Jude nursing home. She and her “employees” are taking care of many elderly residents while happily bilking them out of their money is the process. Mr. Scobie is so much smarter than they, more learned than they but due to his piano teaching skills and his young students has ended her anyhow. He has “issues” with the [...]

    3. John

      really 2.5 stars, but can't say I "enjoyed" reading it, as opposed to getting through it. Jolley referenced the title a couple of times, but I don't think I got the connection. Basically, it's the story of an elderly man, sent to a nursing home by his niece, who rebels when he realizes it's a long-term, not intermediate, deal; the place is fairly shabby, (deliberately?) resembling Fawlty Towers. He triumphs in the sense of keeping his dignity intact, despite Matron's efforts to wear him down. Th [...]

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