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Heath Robinson. Absurdities [Hardcover]

W.Heath Robinson
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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Duckworth (25 Sep 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715609203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715609200
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars awfully good fun 13 Feb 2012
It's not just the ridiculous Branestawm contraptions, like the room-filling gadget for 'conveying peas to the mouth'; it's not just the sly-yet-innocent humour; it's the picture this gives you of what seems the simpler, more peaceful world of the 30s.

I was introduced to this by my Grandad 30 years ago, and I still love it. It's the kind of book that makes you feel that little bit better about life; and I'm absolutely certain that Wallace and Gromit have a copy on their (crooked) bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in time & a good laugh 1 Nov 2013
By Birdy
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I bought this for my partner. It turned out to be a good surprise, the pictures could be turned into working models in most cases. The seller wrapped the book well and the paper work was simple to understand.

This book will please anyone from toddlers to very very old people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heath Robinson at his best 9 May 2012
If you want to know what the term 'Heath Robinson' means to describe a machine or any human artefact, this book will show you >8-) Transcends age barriers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robinson was also a creator of absurd devices to perform basic tasks 28 Aug 2006
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on
Although Rube Goldberg is more well-known as a creator of absurd and complex contraptions to perform simple tasks, W. Heath Robinson should receive his share of the credit. His creations are generally not as complex as those of Goldberg, but they equal his in their ability to amuse. My favorite was "Tortoise Coursing", which pictures a "racetrack" with turtles on it. The turtles are "racing", complete with an aged man dragging a banana to encourage them, a crowd of snoring spectators and a man with a scoop following them. A waiter in formal attire is dispensing refreshments and the track has many obstacles.

Robinson demonstrates many of the foibles of the human race in his cartoons that poke fun at all humans by exaggerating how we react to circumstances. The drawings are well done and retain their capacity to amuse seven decades after they first appeared.
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