The Ascent of Rum Doodle

Overview

First published in 1956, The Ascent of Rum Doodle quickly became a mountaineering classic. As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a peak in the Himalayas, many thought it was inspired by the 1953 conquest of Everest. But Bowman had drawn on the flavour and tone of earlier adventures, of Bill Tilman 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 literature.

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Overview

First published in 1956, The Ascent of Rum Doodle quickly became a mountaineering classic. As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a peak in the Himalayas, many thought it was inspired by the 1953 conquest of Everest. But Bowman had drawn on the flavour and tone of earlier adventures, of Bill Tilman 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 literature.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780753115565
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Isis Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 4 CDs, 4 hrs. 15 mins.
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

W.E. Bowman (1912–1985) was a civil engineer who spent his free time hill-walking, painting and writing (unpublished) books on the Theory of Relativity.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    A Wack-A-Doodle Lark

    This could be my favorite book of all time! Made a total fool of myself laughing out loud on a plane while reading it. I'd put it down to regain my dignity, start again and another burst of laughter would erupt from me. The stares from fellow passengers! How many books can elicit that continuous response from a reader? Maybe it was the high cruising altitude, but I loved this winsome tale of civility and a forgotten world of manners and good will to others. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    Brilliant!

    If you like mountaineering stories, this one is for you. The Ascent of Rum Doodle is one of the funniest stories I have ever read in my life. Seriously - just read it. I'm afraid I'll tell you the whole story if I keep talking, so just read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    highly amusing read

    The Ascent of Rum Doodle is the humorous account of a mountain climbing expedition in which the characters and sequence of events are completely outrageous. The members of the expedition are utterly incompetent, leaving me laughing out loud at every turn of the page. It may be beneficial to have first read a factual account of a mountain climbing expedition (I would highly recommend Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer) in order to fully appreciate the absurdity of Rum Doodle. I also enjoyed the thorough and enlightening introduction by Bill Bryce.

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