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This review is from: Porterhouse Blue: (Porterhouse Blue Series 1) (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.