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- 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.
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
BUY THEM ALL!
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all readers - even the stone-hearted will find something to laugh about here.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clever, funny, indicative of complex nature of working in academic institutions!Published 1 month ago by JohnM
I first read this shortly after it was first published and I had just moved to Cambridge. I was astonished to find how cold and bleak an East Anglian winter could be; it was even... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Fitzpatrick
Porterhouse Blue is exactly what you'd expect from Sharpe. Harsh, biting social commentary, witty dialogue, clever plot and of course very funny throughout.Published 8 months ago by Mr. K. Orourke