The Ascent of Rum Doodle

The Ascent of Rum Doodle

by W. E. Bowman
     
 

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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

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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 literature.

Editorial Reviews

Punch
Wonderful . . . does for mountaineering what Three Men in a Boat did for Thames-going or Catch-22 did for the Second World War.
From the Publisher
"[Bowman] proves himself to be an entertaining humorist who has much to offer for readers who like their outdoor humor dripping with understated British irony."  —Publishers Weekly

"Wonderful . . . does for mountaineering what Three Men in a Boat did for Thames-going or Catch-22 did for the Second World War."  —Punch

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099530381
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Series:
Vintage Classics Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
633,454
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

W. E. Bowman (1911–1985) was a civil engineer who spent his free time hill-walking, painting, and writing (unpublished) books on the Theory of Relativity. Bill Bryson is the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and A Walk in the Woods.

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