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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 17 February 2013
A perpetual joy to read. Beerbohm satirised the manners and mores of the Edwardian university, which, however, like the Bullingdon club he mentions, are still recognisable - and mockable - a century later. What brings back specific memories for me is the scene he evokes at the finish on the last day of Eights week - at least if you ignore the mass undergraduate drowning. Zuleika Dobson is up there with Waugh's Decline and Fall.

Physically, this is an attractive, pocket-sized hardback.
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on 3 February 2013
Beautiful edition to look at and hold - small, elegant physically. A joy to own. I have read the book a long time ago and am looking forward to re-reading it.
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on 25 February 2015
Extremely well written with rather fanciful illustrations. Beautifully presented and a lovely book to hold.
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This was the only novel written by Max Beerbohm, and this edition contains the illustrations by the author which were originally only meant for a private copy for himself. A comedy classic, this book is satire, parody and farce, along with fantastical elements.

When Zuleika Dobson goes to stay with her grandad, the Warden of Judas College, Oxford, it is Eights Week. Zuleika is feted by all the young men, but alas, she doesn't like men who fall at her feet, she prefers a man who seems oblivious to her charms. In the Duke of Dorset, Zuleika thinks she has found her man, until that is he tells of his love for her. When he vows to lay down his life for her, things suddenly take on a life of their own, leading to some startling consequences.

Although before you are even a third through this book, you know what will happen, that doesn't put you off. Zuleika isn't arguably that beautiful, and the conjuring tricks that she does for a living aren't that particularly well done, but all the men love her. Completely bonkers this is a book that you can easily lose yourself in, and that probably explains why, now that this book is in its hundredth year it has still remained popular.

This lovely little cloth bound hardback edition as well as having the original illustrations by Max Beerbohm, has an afterword, and an integral cloth bookmark, as well as of being a size that will easily slip into a pocket.
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on 16 November 2013
I first heard this book on Radio 4, it provided a mid day break from my normal routine of doing nothing as a post graduate student, ( i use the term " student" puerly as the English language has yet to provide me with a better term for the officially sanctioned indolence that characterised my academic life). So impressed was I that as soon as the book was completed on radio I dragged my self of to Bristol's Waterstones and ordered a copy. The book when it arrived provided a wonderful excuse to continue doing nothing in pseudo Bohemian coffee shops around Clifton and feel immensely superior to the enthusiastic undergraduates coining exactly the same thing with copies of Brideshead. being able to read this book in public and not spill my coffee due to laughing out loud remains the gradates achievement of my academic career
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on 4 December 2013
It took a while to deliver but I ignored that when I saw what a lovely book it is. It has golden colour down the end of the pages. Just spectacular and a great buy for collecting too.
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