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The Ascent Of Rum Doodle [Large Print] [Hardcover]

W. E. Bowman
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May 2002
A 1920s Himalayan adventure story.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 153 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Publishing; Large Print Edition edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753166690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753166697
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,184,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wonderful. Rum Doodle does for mountaineering what Three Men in a Boat did for Thames-going or Catch-22 did for the Second World War. It is simply an account of the leader of an expedition up Rum Doodle, a 40,000 and a half foot peak in the Himalayas, in the same way that Scoop is simply a tale about newsgathering in Africa. The tone is nearer to Pooter than anyone else I can think of, but the flavour is all W.E. Bowman's own." (Sunday Times)

"I just love this book. Everything about it is nearly perfect... hugely enjoyable and brilliantly sustained." (From the introduction by Bill Bryson)

"Exceedingly funny... as if the hero of Diary of a Nobody had, in a mood of abandon, turned to mountaineering." (Dublin Magazine)

"it is an epic. It is Homeric. It is inspiring. It is very, very funny... Read it and be moved." (Books of the Month) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A new edition of W.E. Bowman's hilarious spoof, with a new introduction by Bill Bryson. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read in public, you will cry of laugter 23 Nov 2001
By A Customer
I bought this book in an attempt to cheer myself up amist a depressing work load.
After a good introduction I went over the first chapters stepping carefully and curiously observing whether this was what the cover promised.
The books grows on you because it not a simple attempt to assemble a host of funny jokes. But better, it is the brilliantly crafted caracters that you get to know that will crack you up. These characters are revealed bit by bit through every tongue-in-cheek incident that takes place in the course of their (parody of an) expedition.
I tried to read this in the tube only to find that my laughter became a scene. So I went and retreated to Hampstead Heath to get the peace to read it.
Truly uplifting and funny.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will laugh! 29 Oct 2001
By A Customer
I'm not a climber, but I do enjoy humour - the drier the better - and I love this book. I first read it 15 years ago and have just re-bought it for myself as an early Christmas present. It's a very gentle, deadpan tale of disaster that I've regularly found myself re-reading over the years. Treat yourself to a laugh. You won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book is ideal material for the budding climber to digest. It won't help him in his hobby one bit but it will make him appear a superhero if he's made it past base camp unaided! A very funny read; well worth the money.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 17 Aug 2004
By A Customer
I was a little wary when this book was recommended to me, but it is undoubtedly one of the funniest books I have ever read. Even the jokes which seem a little too obvious at first (such as the team's navigator becoming lost en route to the planning meeting) are really just plants for an ongoing series of gentle running gags which are developed wonderfully. The writing is superb and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a dry sense of humour. There are so many little comments and observations that the book is as funny if not funnier every time you read it. Excellent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An elite team is put together to climb the highest mountain in the world (40,000 and a half feet). The hapless bunch set of across Yogistan, led by Jungle, "Radio expert and route finder. Had been nearly as high as most". (Unfortunately he has got lost on the way). The groups welfare tended to by Prone,"Doctor of the expedition and our oxygen expert. Had been high enough. Barely returned from the Himalayas". Helped by Yogistani porters, the head man being, "Bing The Bang" and the worst cook in the world "Pong". So begins a Hilarious adventure, every page having you laughing out loud, as well as containg a memorable quote to use later. The momentum and parody kept sharp from start to finish.
If you want a book to make you feel good and laugh out loud, you must buy this comedy classic. It realy is the funniest book you will ever read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As the great Totter once said "To climb Mont Blanc by the Grepon route is one thing; to climb Rum Doodle, is quite another". At 40,000 feet the towering `Queen of snows' has defied all attempts to climb it, until an intrepid team of British climbers lead by the in indefatigable Binder dare to dream. As Sir Hugely Havering, Chairman of the Rum Doodle Committee said "It will go". But to achieve this mythic goal the team have much to overcome, not least of which are problems in their own ranks. The route-finder Humphrey Jungle has an unfortunate habit of getting lost. Ridley Prone the doctor is alarmingly susceptible to all kinds of illness. Team linguist Lancelot Constant has some "Lost in Translation" moments with the local Yogestani porters, causing a certain amount of confusion in the team. Donald Shute the expedition photographer has a bad habit of inadvertently exposing his film to daylight. Scientist Christopher Wish , who has been higher than most, has great difficulty in finding the fabled Warple. Even the porters are a dodgy bunch. Nothing on earth persuades them to work for longer than eight hours, except money. Generally they are to be found in groups smoking a villainous tobacco called stunk. None of these setbacks deter the brave British adventurers who are spurred on to greater efforts by the thought of cook Pongs dubious cooking.

You may have already gathered that this is not Nobel prize winning literature, but it is certainly infused with a very British sense of humour. You will recognise many of the characters within the pages. Unfortunately I may have a few of Jungle's map reading deficiencies myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ascent of Rum Doodle 14 Aug 2010
By woozle
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Lovers (like me) of Three Men In A Boat will appreciate the similar quirky humour of this delightful book. The cook, in particular will not fail to make you smile. It is such a pleasure to find a book that is quintessentially English,I read it in a day as I simply could not put it down. Highly recommended for those who appreciate old fashioned humour and love the English way of doing things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem 13 Mar 2010
I haven't laughed this much since first reading 'Three Men in a Boat'. Written over half a century ago, 'The Ascent of Rum Doodle' is still fresh, original, funny and spectacularly silly. And of course, in the best tradition of the mountaineering classics it parodies, it is gripping too, keeping you in suspense throughout: will they be able to climb the 40,000-and-a-half-foot peak of Rum Doodle?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
copy very worn but readable, an interesting read, however much more relevant and funny to people who climb or know climbers
Published 1 month ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
But with 3517 porters and 300 boys, will the mountain go?

An absolute all time classic in empirial Baffoonery. You won't put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It is a good book
it came in good condition for its age i am still reading it but is quite funny
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly amusing.
Few books have had me laughing out loud as much as this one. The maintenence of the tone of upper class not-quite-with-it positivity is genius.
Published 2 months ago by D. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I only found out about this book when I was doing some research on Antarctica and wondered why a mountain in one of the ranges was called Rum Doodle Peak. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jamie Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ascent of Rum Doodle
This is an utterly fantastic, highly amusing story that made me laugh out loud. I read my copy from the library, then bought copies for my friends to enjoy as well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sally G
5.0 out of 5 stars Rum Doodle
Very well written fun book. My husband has laughed out loud several times while he was reading it! That doesn't happen often enough!
Published 3 months ago by .mairib
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Book!
Ben Fogle recommended this and I took it on holiday and laughed my head off. It is really funny and easy to read and I have passed it on to all my friends.
Published 4 months ago by Katharine Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic
Came across this entirely by accident - but it's endorsed by Bill Bryson, and has a cult following. An oddly entertaining and randomly compelling read, written by the main... Read more
Published 5 months ago by nrt
1.0 out of 5 stars The Ascent of Rumdoodle
The Ascent of Rumdoodle is a classic climbing novel second to none. Having spent the last 30 years listening to climbing stories from two sons. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MrsDM Smith
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