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The Ascent Of Rum Doodle (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099530384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099530381
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I just love this book. Everything about it is nearly perfect... hugely enjoyable and brilliantly sustained." (From the introduction by Bill Bryson)

"An amazing book about mountain climbing from 1956. Laugh-out-loud literature" (Tim Key Guardian)

"This wonderfully funny parody of adventure stories was first written in the 1950s but is just as fresh today with a truly brilliant comic narrator whose commentary on the expedition members is unintentionally hilarious. Buy it" (Sunday Mirror)

"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)

"This gentle, deadly parody of the tight-arsed old school of British exploration narratives is seemingly a cult book among mountaineers, but it has been virtually unknown to the reading public since its first publication in 1956" (Guardian)

About the Author

W. E. Bowman was a civil engineer who spent his free time hill-walking, painting and writing (unpublished) books on the Theory of Relativity. He was married with two children and died in 1985.


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