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  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446468401
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

The Ascent Of Rum Doodle

(Vintage Voyages)




'A hilarious spoof and perfect parody of Britishness...it shames what now claims to be comedy' The Times

An English comic novel about a World War II expedition to a Himalayan peak.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY BILL BRYSON

An outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a 40,000-and-a-half-foot peak, The Ascent of Rum Doodle has been a cult favourite since its publication in 1956. Led by the reliably under-insightful 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 sets out to conquer the highest peak in the Himalayas.

  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446468401
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the author

W E Bowman

W. E. Bowman (1912-1985) was a civil engineer who spent his free time hill-walking, painting and writing (unpublished) books on the Theory of Relativity. He was married with two children.

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Praise for The Ascent Of Rum Doodle

I just love this book. Everything about it is nearly perfect... hugely enjoyable and brilliantly sustained.

From the introduction by Bill Bryson

An amazing book about mountain climbing from 1956. Laugh-out-loud literature

Tim Key, Guardian

This wonderfully funny parody of adventure stories was first written in the 1950s but is just as fresh today with a truly brilliant comic narrator whose commentary on the expedition members is unintentionally hilarious. Buy it

Sunday Mirror

Wonderful. Rum Doodle does for mountaineering what Three Men in a Boat did for Thames-going or Catch-22 did for the Second World War. It is simply an account of the leader of an expedition up Rum Doodle, a 40,000 and a half foot peak in the Himalayas, in the same way that Scoop is simply a tale about newsgathering in Africa. The tone is nearer to Pooter than anyone else I can think of, but the flavour is all W.E. Bowman's own

Sunday Times

This gentle, deadly parody of the tight-arsed old school of British exploration narratives is seemingly a cult book among mountaineers, but it has been virtually unknown to the reading public since its first publication in 1956

Guardian

A veritable feast... incredibly enjoyable... a marvellous romp

Geographical Magazine

A hilarious spoof and perfect parody of Britishness...it shames what now claims to be comedy

The Times

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