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The Ascent of Rum Doodle #2020

The Ascent of Rum Doodle By W.E. Bowman Bill Bryson The Ascent of Rum Doodle Led by the reliably underinsightful Binder a team of seven British men including Dr Prone constantly ill Jungle the route finder constantly lost Constant the diplomat constantly arguing and
  • Title: The Ascent of Rum Doodle
  • Author: W.E. Bowman Bill Bryson
  • ISBN: 9780099530381
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Ascent of Rum Doodle By W.E. Bowman Bill Bryson Led by the reliably underinsightful Binder, a team of seven British men including Dr Prone constantly ill , Jungle the route finder constantly lost , Constant the diplomat constantly arguing , and 3,000 Yogistani porters set out to conquer the highest peak in the Himalayas Though a parody, it has become one of the most famous and celebrated books of mountaineering litLed by the reliably underinsightful Binder, a team of seven British men including Dr Prone constantly ill , Jungle the route finder constantly lost , Constant the diplomat constantly arguing , and 3,000 Yogistani porters set out to conquer the highest peak in the Himalayas Though a parody, it has become one of the most famous and celebrated books of mountaineering literature.
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    1. For reasons associated with but not limited to having no friends, I arrived one night alone and at very short notice in Kathmandu The prehistoric taxi from the airport was assembled from many previously fossilised taxis, and after only a few hundred exhilarating yards, violently disassembled on unsurprisingly crashing into what I assumed was the target motorcycle The ensuing melee moved almost seamlessly into my trek on foot, carrying a rucksack passably similar to an American backpack containin [...]


    2. The second funniest work of fiction I have ever read It s a good example of British surrealism The British never really regarded surrealism as a serious artform and most examples of British surrealism are in fact strange comedies with no especial interest in the concerns of the original Surrealists Freudian psychology, automatic writing, unpalatable honesty regarding sexual desires, etc.This novel stands comparison with Three Men in a Boat or Diary of a Nobody but it s much extreme and silly an [...]


    3. The Ascent of Rum Doodle is a parody on mountaineers and as with all parodies there are people who love them and others who really don t see anything in them I m a bit in the middle of these two The writing was over the top and there were lots of funny paragraphs I just didn t laugh as much as I had hoped My expectations were very high, especially because Bill Bryson in the foreword calls this the funniest book he ever read It is funny, just not as funny as I thought Sometimes it was also trying [...]


    4. I have to be really honest about this book I couldn t enjoy it To be honest, Bowman s style of writing it is really tiring and I was often drifting with my focus on the book Although I have to say that s probably my problem and not Bowman s As a matter of fact his writing is surprisingly good and very well polished What I did not like about the book it s the fact that almost every part of it seems like a sitcom, everything is happening and nothing seems to happen The characters are dull and very [...]


    5. An overlooked classic Read it in a single sitting Extremely silly, in a good way, and often funny enough to bring tears.


    6. Absolutely hilarious, giggled like a schoolgirl all the way through I m off to meditate on the responsibilities of leadership


    7. The Ascent of Rum Doodle is a jaunty parody of inept mountaineers, who couldn t organise a raffle at a village fete let alone master the 40,000 and a half ft climb to the peak of Rum Doodle.These professionals have the most ironic surnames like Burley, who was was anything but as he was out of sorts after failing to acclimatise to any step of their journey, the team s medical assistance was provided by a Dr Prone who contracted everything from mumps to malaria, while Constant unintentionally off [...]


    8. I added this book to my to read shelf after reading this blog post After reading it, I fully endorse it as worthy of adding to your to read shelf as well.The premise is straightforward Binder who is, to give a modern equivalent, very similar to Michael Scott from The Office is leading an expedition to ascend to the top of the Rum Doodle mountain peak His companions include a translator that appears to not know the native language, a doctor who remains sick with various maladies, a navigator who [...]


    9. I love the serendipity of books 1 month ago I discover this obscure and forgotten spoof on my bibliophilic son s ever growing bookshelves Today I find a reference to it in another book I am reading In this age of political correctness and sensitivities to all kinds of imagined slights The Ascent of Rum Doodle could never be writtenr this reason alone it deserves to be rediscovered and celebrated Thank God for a time when people could see the funny side of things without taking offence.


    10. As someone who has paged through the expedition diaries of than one Victorian explorer, I found a lot to like about The Ascent of Rum Doodle, a satire of those very types of people and their writing But even if you haven t has the pleasure of reading much in that genre, you may still find something to like within.Led by Binder, a man desperate to be the type of leader he s read about but lacking any insight into himself and others and trying to find it by constantly questioning everyone about t [...]


    11. A classic British comic novel about a shambolic Himalayan mountaineering expedition Perhaps a forgotten classic it s been familiar to me for a long time and I didn t know it wasn t well known until I read Bill Bryson s introduction He compares it with Diary of a Nobody the narrator is similarly incompetent, though perhaps marginally less pompous There s an awful lot happening, so less time to be so There s also a touch of Goonish Pythonesque surrealism and a dash of Ealing charm And quite a lot [...]


    12. Rum Doodle is one of the funniest, silliest in the best sense books I ve ever read Bill Bryson s commendation on the cover is spot on One of the funniest books you will ever read A spoof of the mountaineering community in the early 20th century, Bowman s deadpan style of delivery is a sheer delight Take just one passage one of the climbers has had a fixation with fiancees ever since a child To distract his attention his parents give him a catapult Except for the additional expenses of broken win [...]


    13. Dieses Buch ist einfach unglaublich lustig Freunde des trockenen und subtilen Humors werden an dieser Bergsteigergeschichte definitiv ihren Spa haben Ich kann es nur empfehlen Leider ist es relativ kurz


    14. Loaned to me by a friend who said, this book is very funny I couldn t agree with the assessment It was a good treadmill read, although I nearly fell off a couple of times.


    15. Nie mo na przesta si mia Wy mienita lektura na weekend nie tylko dla tych, kt rzy uwielbiaj ksi ki podr nicze.


    16. Una historia de lo m s divertida y disparatada a partes iguales Hac a tiempo que no me re a tanto con un libro y la traducci n es todo un acierto jajaja.


    17. Muchas ganas de leerlo en ingl s con tantos juegos de palabras traducidos, tienen que ser casi como dos libros diferentes.


    18. I think Bill Bryson is one of the funniest authors out there Bill Bryson thinks Rum Doodle is one of the funniest books out there Therefore, I should find Rum Doodle extremely funny, right Nope.That was my reasoning when I picked the book up from the library, but no I could see where the humour was, for sure I smiled regularly for the first two or three chapters I probably would have kept smiling if I d kept reading, but the story didn t grip me, and the humour wasn t sufficient to keep me turni [...]


    19. I am delighted to find that after 37 years as a used bookseller, i can still discover a new favorite book and fall in love Though I am slightly embarrassed that I am only discovering Rum Doodle NOW, but perhaps books come along in your life just when you need them The Ascent of Rum Doodle can only be described as a Good Show epic running on all cylinders The conquering of a mountain has never and will never be this funny Give this book to someone whose never ending devotion you wan to earn, they [...]


    20. This is a farcical story of a group of climbers setting out to tackle the daunting and imaginary summit of Rum Doodle It s told in first person by a decidedly non omniscient narrator who observes the laziness and bickering of his climbing team with unfailingly naive goodwill I enjoyed the dry, subtle humor laugh out loud in many places A bit slow at times, but all in all a funny read I d probably give it 3.5 stars if I had the option, but it deserves to be rounded up rather than down.


    21. Recommending it for people interested in Mountain climbing, ropes, crevasses, porters, boys, skunks, gurgles, warples, compasses, thermometers, Rum Doodle, North Doodle, teamwork, champagne, and, of course, the thrill of achieving something together along with porters that are beyond praise.Hilarious and succinct thoroughly enjoyed this one.


    22. One of the best comic novels I have ever read Extremely well observed and deserves to be thought of as one of the true classics of comic literature along with P.G.Wodehouse I particularly loved the leader of the expedition who exemplifies the stereotype of the optimistic but not at all worldly British ex public schoolboy.


    23. Very British and very funny A lovely gentle humour runs throughout much in the vein of Diary of a Nobody and Three Men in a Boat two other books of which I am inordinately fond A great read.I want to watch Ripping Yarns again now.


    24. You will find this book promnently on the front shelf of every bookstore in Thamel, the neighborhood of Kathmandu where all the mountaineers stay when in town, going to or coming back Wonderful parody.




    25. At 40,000 and a half feet, Rum Doodle is the highest peak in the world and a team of experienced climbers is assembled at the request of Sir Hugeley Havering with the aim of reaching the summit The story of their expedition, told by the team s leader, is what forms the basis of the book.As you can tell, this is a parody, mocking the derring do and heroic sacrifice journaled in many expedition diaries, especially in the early part of the twentieth century.The book apparently took inspiration from [...]


    26. Immensely silly spoof of mid twentieth century mountaineering memoirs Mostly it s all rather overcooked, though the narrator s naivety makes for a couple of amusing trends First, his propensity for interpreting his party members self serving actions as being driven by the same selfless sense of duty that he adheres to Second and this is what is most rewarding about Rum Doodle is the fact that his narrative shows the local porters Yogistanis here, but basically Sherpas are clearly the only compet [...]


    27. 2,5 Sterne Es handelt sich hier um ein Buch, das vermutlich wirklich haupts chlich in Bergsteigern gro e Begeisterung hervorruft Ich musste tats chlich einige Male sehr lachen Der Humor liegt hier irgendwo im Bereich von Loriot und Monty Python und ist meiner Ansicht nach ohne Intonation, Mimik und Gestik wirklich schwer zug nglich Das war leider auch mein Hauptproblem, wodurch sich das Buch f r mich trotz seiner K rze wie Gummi zog.


    28. During the 153 minutes it took for me to read this book I developed reading lassitude with a side case of altitude double snow vision This book is a low volume scream a real groaner with some points of just plain laugh out loud A humble hilarity is woven through all the pages This is a great book to read just after a trek or just before you plan on hiking up the highest mountain you can find near you If you like British humor and characters with major flaws then this is the book for you.


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