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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (19 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001046357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001046351
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,598,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Terrific. It is light years since I read anything so original ... (the) character drawing is wonderful ... a very good book" (P.G. Wodehouse)

"A toppling house of comic cards that knock you flat. He is the funniest author to have emerged for years" (Observer)

"Chuckling good fun, a glorious romp" (Sunday Express)

"This supremely entertaining book is guaranteed to make you laugh" (Books & Bookmen)

"Tom Sharpe makes me laugh loud and long ... He offers so much to delight in" (Ion Trewin The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A Rabelaisian portrait of a college and the ancient traditions of the university, Porterhouse Blue is one of the best-loved classic comic novels of our time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
If you have read Riotuos Assembly and Indecent Exposure you may find this book a little less erratic. And maybe thats because its closer to home. Set in the University town of Cambridge the story is set around a very conservative university that survives by selling degrees to the rich and at all costs not letting 'real intellectuals' to enter. So when the Prime Minister appoints his most socialist of ministers, Sir Godber Evans - an ex Porterhouse student, to the post of Master the rest of the Fellows are united to prevent his 'radical changes' going forward. However the hero/villan of the story is not the Dean, the Bursarer or the Chaplain but the Colleges Porter - Skullion. Skullion, the 45 year serving head Porter has no illusions that it is as much his duty as any one elses to prevent the new master from fixing what is not broken, and he will do anything he can!
This book is more than funny, it is witty, clever and above all totally beliveable. When you read Tom Sharpes work it is hard to believe that his books are nearly 30 years old, yet as relevant as ever. If you love people like Ben Elton and his dry humourous, yet realistic books then you will LOVE Tom Sharpe who invented it!
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Tom Sharpe is an author of extraordinary degree. Porterhouse Blue is a brilliant and funny novel. It is set in and about a fictional Cambridge college, Porterhouse. The college is bound and defined by tradition (e.g. serving swan at high table!), until this is threatened by the arrival of a new master, appointed on behalf of the college visitor (the Queen) when the previous master died without naming his successor. The main protagonist is the college porter Scullion, who fights to the end to maintain the college traditions. Along the way we encounter Zipser, perhaps the only research student in the college. In a hilarious sequence, Zipser falls for the rather buxom bedder and attempts the purchase of "contraceptives", quite contrary to college guidelines. Out of embarassment, he ends up with several boxes. He attempts to dispose of them by filling them with natural gas and floating them up through the chimney. This leads to one of the funniest scenes in 20th Century English literature. I shall not say much further - except that Skullion "saves" the college.

I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all readers - even the stone-hearted will find something to laugh about here.
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Porterhouse Blue is an amazingly funny bok that achieves it's excessive humour by putting the charactrs in it in just possible situations that result in disasterous consequences. The book is set in a very old and corrupt school that allows only very rich students to enter, the pays for their degree. on the arrival of a new head, the old-sytle masters become very worried about the inevitable change that will occur. The stout porter comes to their rescue, but what exactly he does, you will have to find out by reading this side-splitting book !
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Porterhouse Blue is without doubt one of Tom Sharpe's funniest books. I remember reading it for the first time some years ago. I had picked it up at Heathrow prior to boarding a New York bound 747. I think the stewardess thought I was having a seizure - people do not normally sit in an airline seat and laugh until they cry! Such was the effect of this story. I think it should be prescribed on the National Health, make people forget their ills. Brilliant read.
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You might have heard of Tom Sharpe because of the film Wilt or perhaps because of the series Blott on the Landscape or even Porterhouse Blue. He is one of the funniest authors ever, and this is where you should start. If you want to read the best of his novels then this is it.

As someone who has spent far too much of his life inside these "ivory towers" this is a gem. The characters are as real today as when he wrote the book thirty years ago. Some things never change.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2014
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Tom Sharpe’s satirical novel on University and shenanigans is still a good read, and in some ways just as relevant as when it was first written. Porterhouse is one of the Cambridge colleges, albeit rather a second rate one. Turning out men who quite often end up in influential positions the college has no great academicians. Concentrating more on winning sporting trophies the college is elitist in its own way, taking on the more dim-witted sons of the rich who would not get in anywhere else, and getting them degrees, all for money.

When a new Master is needed the Government manage to foist Sir Godber onto the college, who they have been trying to get rid of. Sir Godber has big plans for the college, but will everyone see things his way? With his in-fighting with the staff, an undergraduate managing to kill himself and another, whilst damaging the building with gas filled prophylactics, things are not going to plan.

With the Head Porter, Skullion, a man who knows his place and is just as much a traditionalist as other staff members chaos is about to fall on the college, especially so when a former student and now TV journalist gets called in.

A good read, this takes a comic look at bigotry, sexism and racism and is a biting satire on how things still are to a certain extent. We all know about Prime Ministers and others getting places by networking due to the Old School Tie, and this book reminds us of that, and also makes you think about tradition and the unwillingness to change. Admittedly not all change is good, and life wouldn’t be so interesting without some traditions, but some of this will have you chuckling with the traditionalists here seeing the old times through rose tinted glasses. Admittedly this won’t necessarily be for a lot of people, but it still makes a very entertaining read.
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