- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (28 April 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055213922X
- ISBN-13: 978-0552139229
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Book Of Ultimate Truths Paperback – 28 Apr 1994
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From the Back Cover
He had walked the earth as Nostradamus, Uther Pendragon, Count Cagliostro and Rodrigo Borgia. He could open a tin of sardines with his teeth, strike a Swan Vesta on his chin, rope steers, drive a steam locomotive and hum all the works of Gilbert & Sullivan without becoming confused or breaking down in tears. He died, penniless, at a Hastings boarding house, in his ninetieth year.
His name was Hugo Artemis Solon Saturnicus Reginald Arthur Rune, and he was never bored. Hailed as the 'guru's guru', Rune penned more than eight million words of genius including his greatest work, The Book of Ultimate Truths. But vital chapters of The Book were suppressed, chapters which could have changed the whole course of human history. Now, seventeen-year-old Cornelius Murphy, together with his best friend Tuppe, sets out on an epic quest. Their mission - recover the missing chapters. Re-publish The Book of Ultimate Truths. And save the world.
About the Author
Robert Rankin is the author of Web Site Story, Waiting for Godalming, Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls, Snuff Fiction, Apocalypso, The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag, Sprout Mask Replica, Nostradamus Ate My Hamster, A Dog Called Demolition, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived, The Greatest Show Off Earth, Raiders of the Lost Car Park, The Book of Ultimate Truths, the Armageddon quartet (three books), and the Brentford trilogy (five books) which are all published by Corgi Books. Robert Rankin's latest novel, The Fandom of the Operator, is now available as a Doubleday hardback. For more information on Robert Rankin and his books, see his website at www.lostcarpark.com/sproutlore
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Top Customer Reviews
As the start of the Cornelius Murphy trilogy it's also a great place for new readers to Rankin to dip their toes in the water. Trust me, you'll laugh like the drain of legend.
The book is just a stepping stone to the world of Mr Rankin's imagination and humour. I don't even believe its his best book, but it is certainly the starting point.
To discuss the plot, story and characters (there's a tall one and a short one) would be irrelevant. This book is more a state of mind! My favourite way to describe Rankin books would be thus; Its like Eddie Izzard, but in a book. Who is in Brentford. Drinking a pint of large. On LCD.
Anyway, if you want to know what REALLY happens inside toasters, amongst other life's mysteries, then buy this book and keep it close at all times! Its more than just a novel. its a reference book, a guide, an old charter or something.
Change your life. Buy this book. 7 out of 5 stars.
Robert Rankin is bursting with ideas and this story is a trip. I recommend it to those who enjoy comedy fantasy/sci-fi books.
It is cracking stuff with some very bizarre moments - a car radio that will only play Max Bygraves and a karaoke machine from the future, to name but two! I was giggling my head off at some of the cultural "in jokes" that are in there. In fact I knew I was going to be in for a good read as soon as I read about Hugo Runes having a cousin called Victor!
The story just flows off the page and into your brain and before you know it half the night is gone! A good light hearted tale of epic adventure with a bit of comedy, fantasy, total bizarreness and magic thrown in for good measure. Extremely good reading - if you like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then this would definitely be right up your street.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great book but I do like me flying swan based adventures.Published 13 months ago by Colin Marshall
I haven't gotten around to reading this yet, but I like Robert Rankin's other books. I'm sure when I actually get around to reading this one in many years' time it'll be good. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2014 by G
Although all good, this - for me anyway - is up there with Mr. Rankin's classic works: Nostradamus Ate My Hamster and The Witches of Chiswick.Published on 13 Sept. 2014 by Lostmind
The two boys start out on an epic journey to find the missing pages from the Hugo Rune book. Hilarious , well worth the read and you'll not be disappointedPublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by ron
One of my favourite books of all time a great read I would recommend it any day of the weekPublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by kane smith
Great book....as long as you don't mind guffawing in public! One of the most bizarre things I've read,I loved it!Published on 3 Oct. 2013 by Mrs Amanda Porter