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The Specialist Hardcover – 6 Oct 1994


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; New edition edition (6 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285632264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285632264
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 0.9 x 11.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gentle education in the nature of humour. --Terry Pratchett, Daily Express

Describes, in the words of an old-style American varmint, the making of an outside privy... It has been entertaining readers for well over seventy years. --The Oldie

Souvenir Press... publish not only Le Petomane but also The Specialist , thereby making them almost certainly the best non-fiction publishers on the entire planet. --The Bookbag

About the Author

Charles Sale lived in Carmel County, California, and he based Lem Putt on a real person.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike B on 7 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
When Charles Sale wrote, and published, this book it's purpose was to preserve his stage act for posterity. In the 1920s/'30s, to most people in his American audiences the privy was a reality (and in rural Norfolk, England we were still using an 'Elsan' in the 1970s) and they were able to relate to the situations directly. People coming to it now for the first time might do best to think of it as a gentle 'Horrible Histories' account. In a time when most things are mass produced, and keeping up with the Jones's comes down to having enough money for a flashier car/TV or employing a 'craftsman' to build your conservatory, it is amusing to see, at a time when mass-production was emerging, the same trait existing and a privy builder bemoaning the demise of the specialist, while warning against employing a cheap-jack. Sales' down-home style provides an easy reading account, and don't expect in-your-face lavatory humour, but something that your maiden aunt would chuckle at. As much as I recommend 'The Specialist' to anyone, I cannot do the same for the follow-up, 'Master Builder'. For good reason it took 60+ years for it to be published in Britain. In expanding it into a book of general advice for businessmen (albeit a very short one), like many follow-ups it has the feel of cashing in on the original[ASIN:0370309278 The Master Builder].
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a very short book, but is written in the style of a rambling monologue by a retired constructor of outdoor privys. He describes points to consider in siting and building them that would never cross the mind of the non-"specialist". Pour yourself a Jack Daniels, lean back in rocking chair on the porch and read it to yourself in a deep Southern accent for best enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although a tiny book which you will no doubt consume in a single session in your favourite place, the specialist is a glittering piece of literary history from a simpler time but written with such humour and humility that you find yourself being transported back to that time. Buy this book, visitors to your smallest room will thank you for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Denis Vernon on 9 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
Most amusing to those who have experience in a similar field. I first came across this little book in 1952 in the office where I worked. Many of the Lem Putt sayings became office quotations. I have been searching for the book for many years as my original copy was loaned and not returned - they must have enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. G. Bull on 28 Sep 2009
Format: Hardcover
'THE SPECIALIST'

A classic. Humour and insight into American rural life from a forgotten time. All you ever needed to know about the design, function and aesthetics of 'privy-construction'
The professional consideration of 'bodily-needs'will have you rocking with laughter and in awe of a long-lost craft.
Wish I had one in my own backyard!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rex Jarvis on 26 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
Grab the book and sit yourself down on your front porch with a bottle of wine on a nice summers evening and give yourself an hour or two to breeze through this gentle, easy going little number. It's a very short read, written in an old fashioned manner (well it is an old book) all about and American who builds custom manufactured outdoor toilets. It is written in the words of the builder as though he is telling you his own story as he goes along. Not a fantastic read, not a gripping story, no cliff-hanger ending but you will read it because you can, because it is there, because it is short and because you can. You will be glad you made the effort and spared the time.
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Format: Hardcover
For the person who requires additional sanitary accomodation this handy pocket sized manual will prove invaluable. It contains advice on ,Siteing ,size, design and outfittings. These basics are accompanied by an amusing comentry on the privy as an esential social asset,enhancing your position and impresing your neybors.
Lem Putt is Master of "The Art" and a skilled comunicator.
Read "The Specialist ", insert it into conversations and impress your circle. This book is life enhancing. A well set Privy will Make your Day ! ! . Jim Berg.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A gem in hard covers 11.5cm by 17.5cm. Mine used to be bright yellow but it's now faded but the humour is still pristine. The 29 pages even include homely wood cut illustrations as it describes the factors to take into account when siting and building a privy. A book ideal for brief, private contemplation.
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