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The first novel she read by the author was 'The Blunderer,' when she was a student.
I must confess that my own temperament was such that it was hardly fit for purpose--not that I was an Oliver Goldsmith, who was such a blunderer that he was urged to treat his enemies rather than his patients.
That the world's one remaining superpower could simply have been such a blunderer was beyond belief - so conspiracies had to be invented to explain away this reality.
However, some of his embarrassing opportunistic interventions, such as linking the Labor Party to the spread of AIDS, suggest a blunderer rather than a statesman.
Cashman discovered that the genre Aghyaran narrators favored was the local character anecdote which involved local types like the rough bachelor hill farmer, the coarse talker or the uneducated blunderer. According to Cashman, anecdotes tended to be "brief, humorous, biographical narratives" firmly local and generally introduced as reported speech ("they say").
In the first guise, our hero is a nursery-rhyme blunderer after the mould (all puns intended) of Solomon Grundy; in the second, he is the biblical Moses, who, in his wisdom, leads the children of Israel out of Egypt, wanders with them through the wilderness for forty years, prescribes to them a volume's worth of laws, and leaves them on the threshold of the promised land.
"Morgan," observes Winkler, "was called a blunderer, a stock-waterer, a ruthless corsair" (248).
As each day passes it becomes more and more obvious - to this sceptical observer at least - that not only are we in the throes of the most savage recession in living memory we also have the most ineffably incompetent government since...well, since Edward Heath proved that being both a blunderer and a barefaced liar is no bar to the premiership.
She also helped pioneer the psychological thriller, cultivating devotees in mystery circles with novels including STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1950), which was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, THE BLUNDERER (1954), THE TALENTED MR.
But he is not a cartoon character, not a stereotype of a blunderer gone berserk.
In the beginning Mao admired Khrushchev for his boldness but soon came to see the Soviet leader as a "disaster-prone blunderer." At their meetings, he took to playing the part of "superior philosopher," patronizing and lecturing the Soviet ruler.
TWO mistakes from beanpole blunderer Derek Townsley gifted Thistle a point after top-of-the-table Gretna looked to be cruising to victory.