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summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ W.E. Bowman W.E. Bowman ↠ 3 read read The Ascent of Rum Doodle 000 and a half foot peak many thought it inspired by the 1953 conuest of Everest But Bowman had drawn on the flavour and tone of earlier adventures of Bill Ti. This book is a well known parody on mountaineering stories written about a fictional mountain named Rum Doodle altitude 40000 and a half feet around one third again as high as Everest Set in the Himalaya in a land that is not Nepal but very like Nepal with porters who are Yogastani The team established by the Rum Doodle committee is led by the narrator known as Binder not sure we ever learn his real name as Binder is his radio callsign As a leader he is the least insightful unaware of what transpires around him most of the time but totally dedicated to the party and the task He is joined by a crew who become somewhat obvious as the list grows Tom Burley ex military the oversized endurance man who is a constant victim of an array of lassitudes heat valley etc radio callsign DeadweightChristopher Wish scientist who is constantly carrying out experiments which all seem to be boiling water to determine altitude inaccurately radio callsign FiddlerDonald Shute photographer who specialises in exposing film and ruining any recorded imagery radio callsign Dickie BirdHumphrey Jungle radio expert and route finder who is constantly lost and reuires rescue freuently radio callsign Wanderer although he proposed pathfinder for himself which was not acceptedLancelot Constant linguist who struggles with the language of the porters creating havoc in the giving of instructions radio callsign ApplecartRidley Prone doctor who is constantly struck down with illness radio callsign AilingAs well as the team there are the aforementioned porters numbering 3000 at commencement but gradually whittled down in number to suit the food stores available and maintain the expedition budget There are a few main character Yogistanis who include Pong the expedition cook who manages to turn any ingredients into inedible filth for the duration of the expedition Bing who was the Bang head porter Bung a particularly strong porter So Lo and Lo Too who stick with Binder for much of the expeditionAs you can see from the above there is plenty of absurdity plenty of slapstick lots of play on words and situations translations of course when two words in Yogistani are indistinguishable except for a gurgle at the end inevitable navigation issues hallucinations medical situations a crevasse to escape from fiance stories to be learned from all the team porter revolts and much acclimatization to be done There are basecamps advanced basecamps camps 1 5 and all manner of arrangements to be madeSo at 153 pages it wouldn t have wanted to be any longer but it was a funny and readable parody Probably Goon Show than Monty Python but very British in its self mockeryWorthy of noting Bill Bryson wrote the introduction most useful for its background to the book including explaining the significance of the repeated uses of the number 153 in the textAlso worth a mention is the Rum Doodle Restaurant in Kathmandu which carries on the tradition albeit apparently relocated from its original location in Thamel I have visited the restaurant when it was in Thamel I believe I had a yak steak which is nearly always water buffalo apparently and had a vague understanding of the book but had not read it Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars rounded up

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summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ W.E. Bowman W.E. Bowman ↠ 3 read read The Ascent of Rum Doodle Lman and his 1937 account of the Nandi Devi expedition The book's central and unforgettable character Binder is one of the finest creations in comic literatur. An overlooked classic Read it in a single sitting Extremely silly in a good way and often funny enough to bring tears

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summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ W.E. Bowman W.E. Bowman ↠ 3 read read The Ascent of Rum Doodle First published in 1956 The Ascent of Rum Doodle uickly became established as a mountaineering classic As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a 40. 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 etcThis novel stands comparison with Three Men in a Boat or Diary of a Nobody but it s much extreme and silly and ingenious An expedition composed of misfits attempts to climb Rum Doodle which at forty thousand and a half feet is the highest mountain in the world First published in 1956 The Ascent of Rum Doodle has been reprinted several times but still remains relatively unknown which is a shameI have just reread this novel for the third time September 2017 It is very rare that I read books twice let alone three times I guess that it has become my comfort book one that can be read and read again and again I still regard it as a tremendous comedy

  • Paperback
  • 192
  • The Ascent of Rum Doodle
  • W.E. Bowman
  • English
  • 11 September 2019
  • 9780712668088