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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Secker; New edition edition (7 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436204932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436204937
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,425 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 te best-loved, classic comic novels of our times. (1999-03-18)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2001
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!
BUY THEM ALL!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Culley on 24 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jts.author@euphony.net on 2 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 1999
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2008
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Srv Herault on 24 Dec. 2002
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I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read as well as a good laugh. This is British humour at its best, tragic and hilarious at the same time. The author is focusing his imagination in a series of well coordinated events which keep the reader in suspense up to the end.
Believe me, if you feel down, go and buy yourself a copy, this book will cheer you up !
As for me, well, I am looking forward to starting another of Tom Sharpe's intelligent and funny story !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2009
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This is the Tom Sharpe book I have the most affection for and which, twenty years after first reading it, still makes me cry with laughter.

The characterisation is sharp to the point of danger, the dialogue is superb and the underlying pathos of the whole situation just makes the funny scenes even more funny. The book is almost physical agony to read as you writhe one minute from the discomfort and empathy with the humiliation the characters endure and the next because you are doubled up with laughter.

All Sharpe's books are funny, but this is my all time favourite. The piece de resistance in my opinion being the condoms up the chimney episode.

A must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Night photographer on 12 July 2008
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I've loved this book for nearly 20 years now, it is one of the select few books I re-read every year.

Porterhouse is not only astonishingly amusing, but Sharpe's gimlet intelligence comprehensively skewers the contortions of both liberal and illiberal consciences. Porterhouse neatly encapsulates the eccentricity that bedevils and glorifies England.

As well as being entertainment, this is a seriously good novel.
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