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Sultan of Zanzibar, The : The Bizarre World and Spectacular Hoaxes of Horace de Vere Cole Hardcover – 1 Apr 2010

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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: BLACK SPRING; 1st Edition edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948238437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948238437
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Horace de Vere Cole was a the best of the practical jokers of the 1920's whose elaborate jokes resulted from the first World War breakdown of pomposities. Whereas his own life ended sadly, his escapades brought much needed wide relief and amusement, especially to the soldiers at the front and it was high time for them to be recorded. (I could have done with more of them.)

His `pranks' should be judged as being typical of and appropriate to the period and not, as in the review by Lynnn Truss, from a 21st Century, overanalltic and pruriant, viewpoint. Strange that a humerist should have missed the point.
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Heard about him years ago and had to read the book when I saw the review. My friends didn't like it though - a matter of taste - when I recomended it to my book club.
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I love it!
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Excellent
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sultan of Zanzibar: The bizarre world and spectacular hoaxes of Horace De Vere Cole 8 Mar. 2011
By S. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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A truly fascinating insight into the life of a man known for practical jokes and elaborate hoaxes. Downer's writing is informative yet light, keeping you reading with a hunger to learn more about the wacky, secretive Horace. In a world where tabloid fame is everything to celebrities, Horace would fit right in. A great read for lovers of biographies and fanciful stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dillon 7 Jun. 2010
By Dillon B. Hale - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating account not only of a most interesting life, but of a period of history, social norms and practises not often encountered in biographies. Wide ranging and entertaining.
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