- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099435462
- ISBN-13: 978-0099435464
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Porterhouse Blue: (Porterhouse Blue Series 1) Paperback – 7 Nov 2002
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"Terrific. It is light years since I read anything so original ... (the) character drawing is wonderful ... a very good book" (P.G. Wodehouse)
"A toppling house of comic cards that knock you flat. He is the funniest author to have emerged for years" (Observer)
"Chuckling good fun, a glorious romp" (Sunday Express)
"This supremely entertaining book is guaranteed to make you laugh" (Books & Bookmen)
"Tom Sharpe makes me laugh loud and long ... He offers so much to delight in" (Ion Trewin The Times)
A Rabelaisian portrait of a college and the ancient traditions of the university, Porterhouse Blue is one of the best-loved classic comic novels of our time.See all Product description
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When a new Master is needed the Government manage to foist Sir Godber onto the college, who they have been trying to get rid of. Sir Godber has big plans for the college, but will everyone see things his way? With his in-fighting with the staff, an undergraduate managing to kill himself and another, whilst damaging the building with gas filled prophylactics, things are not going to plan.
With the Head Porter, Skullion, a man who knows his place and is just as much a traditionalist as other staff members chaos is about to fall on the college, especially so when a former student and now TV journalist gets called in.
A good read, this takes a comic look at bigotry, sexism and racism and is a biting satire on how things still are to a certain extent. We all know about Prime Ministers and others getting places by networking due to the Old School Tie, and this book reminds us of that, and also makes you think about tradition and the unwillingness to change. Admittedly not all change is good, and life wouldn’t be so interesting without some traditions, but some of this will have you chuckling with the traditionalists here seeing the old times through rose tinted glasses. Admittedly this won’t necessarily be for a lot of people, but it still makes a very entertaining read.
No female characters, other than the voluptuous bedder and the Master's wife - so doesn't really count. Tried a few passages out on my wife, but she didn't find them amusing, so suspect female appeal may be lacking.
A really fluid style that reminded me a bit of Trollope, and with lots to say as well about where right meets left, hypocracy, pomposity and big ego's as well, but always gentle and never pedantic. Am now going to plunge into the Wilt series.
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