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Passing Time in the Loo Volume 1 [Paperback]

Steven W. Anderson
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Dec 1999 Compact Classics
Please remove Book Description from the section Review, as this is a description of Volume 2 of this series, rather than Volume 1. The relevant description begins: "Book Description More .... for the person" and finishes "-- this text applies to the Paperback edition." Thank you

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  • Paperback: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Scarab Book Ltd; New edition edition (Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953735702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953735709
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

For sitters and thinkers........
‘There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke’. You might recognise that as a quote from Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower, but who said ‘The role of a mother is to deliver children obstetrically once and by car forever after’ or ‘Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit’?*

You might find answers to those in a dictionary of quotations, but what if somebody asked you over dinner about some of the most famous books in history, which you just never got around to reading … Paradise Lost, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Macbeth or even 1984? Would you admit total ignorance or would you try to bluff your way through?

Now you don’t have to do either. A must-have book called Passing Time In The Loo gives you all this information and plenty more besides. As well as including two-page summaries of these works and more than 115 others, it has brief biographies of religious and political leaders, scientists, healers, artists and explorers. There is also a Word Power section designed to expand anybody’s vocabulary and many witty and wise anecdotes that will amuse and educate at the same time.

Designed so the reader can dip in and out at whim, picking up easily-absorbed snippets of information without ever feeling bogged down with too much data, Passing Time In The Loo [of course, it can be read anywhere-not only in the loo] also includes sections on health and fitness, personal effectiveness and even foreign words and phrases.

The only question is- 'Will you have time to read it ALL in the loo?'

(*:Peter de Vries and Peter Ustinov).

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book contains a summary of just about every topic that ever comes up in any conversation. Vast trivia, biographies of famous people, summaries of classic novels, ways to improve vocabulary, management guide, personal effectiveness, general knowledge, and that's not even vaguely close to all. My most valued book without a doubt. It's very well-researched, well presented and absolutely ideal for a gift. Don't be put off my the title - this book is basically an insightful summary of everything. I'm off to buy another copy just in case...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the title. A great book! 15 Sep 2000
By A Customer
While this book might at first seem to be aimed at constipated men - or at least those who always take something to read in the loo with them - it's really ideal for both sexes and should be on every coffee table in the land [not to mention dentists' waiting rooms]. Packed with bite-size chunks of information, anecdotes, reviews of classic novels, biographies of famous people ... it's great. If you really want to take the title literally, my advice is to eat nothing but bananas for a month and work your way through this book in the little boy's [or girl's] room during your marathon sessions there. If you still have any friends left with your strange toilet habits, you'll impress their socks off with what you know about, well ... everything!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant pick up and put me down book. 25 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This is exactly what the title states. One great doorstop of a paperback for those 1 to 20 minutes bouts of solitude wherever you are. Makes a great gift for the culture minded. Perhaps a bit too American in places but quite acceptable. Can't wait for volume 2.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll end up going to the loo just to read it! 15 Jan 2004
By A Customer
This is a great book, full of interesting bits and pieces of information. Its easy enough to pick up and quickly glean something you never new before...from how to prepare for interviews, dieting tips to book reviews and rules of sport.
Its certain to impress visitors to your home, whom will probably end up borrowing it or buying a copy for themselves.
A great gift idea for those who have everything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, wretched book 31 Jan 2009
The idea behind this book is excellent, but I was very disappointed with the result. It has a heavy bias towards American literature and culture which is not apparent from the cover. Its choice of 'great books' is decidedly eccentric and tainted with political correctness - Toni Morrison but no Dickens. Similarly there's a partisan feel to the selection of supposedly great people, for example in the gushing tribute to Mandela that makes no mention of his less-than-saintly early years. But worst of all are the numerous, glaring, laughable errors of fact. Here are a few, all taken from the same short article: Margaret Thatcher won Finchley "at age 32"; in the 1964 election Macmillan was "deposed" and Ted Heath "came into power"; Heath was "re-elected" in 1970 and "sailed through the 1974 election"; and Thatcher "won the nomination for Prime Minister of the newly formed National Coalition Government". All utter nonsense. This book ought to be a valuable storehouse of information, but how can you possibly assume any of it's accurate when you know it contains rubbish like this? Worthless.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Simply excellent value and difficult to put down. Top tip - do not leave it in the loo when you have workmen in your home as job completion will be delayed by several days - as I found out to my cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics summarised in 2 pages 22 Jun 2010
By Tes
I adore this book; I have very little general knowledge when it comes to the literary classics & Shakespeare; the 2 page summaries made it easier for me to change this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for the Loo!! :) 28 Oct 2009
Exactly what it says on the tin! Slight American centric and would be great in a British version too, but still an interesting read to pass the time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Loo should have this book
Every toilet should have this book. It opens your mind while you are opening your bowels. I bought this book after visiting a friend's toilet and finding Vol 1 by the cistern! Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Wilford
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Loo Book!
Book arrived on time, great for the guest bathroom, we had our last one 'stolen' by a friend who admitted it later so we said they could keep it !!
Published 11 months ago by Nigel Parkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars book 2
hi this book was not as interesting as the first volume so I have not used it as much I still enjoy my 1ST volume better
Published 12 months ago by berjon
4.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric and Entertaining.
Passing Time in the Loo (PTITL) is like a handheld quiz show, containing both riveting and random information, such as who became the first female medical doctor or where you might... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Machine - a brilliant summary
Didn't have time to read HG Wells `The Time Machine'. No problemo. We all have to spend time in the loo. I just spend my time more usefully than most. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Jan Cisek
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book apart from the US focus
This book is a great idea and I have very much enjoyed reading the excellent summaries of Shakespeare and other books. Read more
Published on 2 May 2012 by HugeON
5.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh
I bought this book from Amazon after having seen it in a friend's house. I have it to give to my sister for a present. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by R. McCloskey
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Attention-Deficit sufferers
For those who haven't got time to read, this is a clever idea - a summary of what you're missing. Snippets and extracts from the fields of management-speak and self-help; potted... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2011 by anozama
3.0 out of 5 stars typeface is far too small to read in the loo!
Unless you remember to take your glasses to the toilet, forget it. This is set with a smaller font even than volume 1. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Ms. J. Parish
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate
I bought this book as a research book for quizzes - bite size chunks to learn when I had a few minutes free. Read more
Published on 22 May 2010 by Alex DeLarge
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