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 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 shame I 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 First Published In , The Ascent Of Rum Doodle Quickly Became Established As A Mountaineering Classic As An Outrageously Funny Spoof About The Ascent Of A , And A Half Foot Peak, Many Thought It Inspired By The Conquest Of Everest But Bowman Had Drawn On The Flavour And Tone Of Earlier Adventures, Of Bill Tilman And His Account Of The Nandi Devi Expedition The Book S Central And Unforgettable Character, Binder, Is One Of The Finest Creations In Comic Literature 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 a bit too hard to make people laugh I think I might have enjoyed it a lot even I hadn t read the foreword and the caption which both gave away the funniest parts of the book So I m not saying anything else about the books content here because I don t want to spoil it for anyone else. 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 much two dimensional even the main character Maybe my rating it s very personal, however I must say that I don t think The Ascent of Rum Doodle a bad or bad written book Only it didn t work for me. 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Absolutely hilarious, giggled like a schoolgirl all the way through I m off to meditate on the responsibilities of leadership The Ascent of Rum Doodleis 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 offended the local porters at every available opportunity with his professed linguistic skill, and their navigator, Jungle, aptly couldn t find the wood for the trees.The Rum Doodle campaign reaches farcical proportions as their specially selected liabilities hamper progress at every possible turn The team leader, Binder his radio code name , is a na ve shepherd with a flock that regularly outwits him He is blissfully unaware of the reverse psychology they apply in order to avoid sharing a tent with his inexhaustible counsel.The greatest threat to their party wasn t in fact Binder, the altitude, or mutiny every time Constant opened his mouth, but Pong, a cook with the most frightful culinary ability to demoralise all grown men Strategies were developed to minimise exposure of his contribution to their endeavour but his presence was ludicrously unshakeable.And with the exception of Binder s incessant obsession for dredging up every team member s fianc e status regardless of how curious their replies are this story is completely dominated by men I can honestly say I hadn t noticed the omission of female characters until the end as I was busy being carried away by their absurd behaviour and the futility of meticulous planning There were memorable gems of recklessness and ridicule throughout, but my absolute favourites were when the team had diagnosed the doctor as having hopes of a recovery on the basis that he hadn t expired yet, and the moment Binder s tears secured his face to the ice during a momentary lapse of emotional composure Plus this one, where the leader is once again trying to raise morale Poor Prone seemed quite low, and to cheer him up I encouraged him to talk about his home Had he a fianc e I asked He said, no, his wife was the unsympathetic kind and his children considered one mother quite enough Binder s valiant efforts to provide his calamitous conquerors with the necessary encouragement turned into an ascent of endurance rather than an expedition I mean, exactly how many people can you lose in a crevasse before something twigs Loved it 9 10Ne eyle okudum, ok e lendim, a rd m Bowman mizah yle ciddiye alm ki sayg duymamak elde de il Bamba ka bir ey okudum Tarifi zor Abs rt ile ger ekli in m kemmel bir kar m.Hangi birinden bahsedeyim Ekip lideri Binder n u lardaki safl ndan m , ekipteki yetenekli insanlar n yapt klar ndan m , hamallarla ekibin aras ndaki ili kilerden mi, ni anl meselesinden mi, Pong un yemeklerinden mi, kitab n sonundaki oktan m Yeniden okudu umda zevkimin katlanaca na eminim Tek okuyu ta t kenecek bir kitap de il.Farkl bir mizah g rmek istiyorsan z mutlaka okuyun eviri ve edit rl kten de bahsetmek gerek Harika bir eviriydi, bana garip gelen, d k gelen hi bir ifade yoktu s zc k oyunlar T rk e ye ok iyi aktar lm t , Ali Erdem elebi nin eli zihni dert bulmas n Bunun yan nda yaz m yanl ve typo da yoktu, edit r Emre Yavuz ve d zeltmenler Hande elebi ve zge pek in ellerine sa l k Sade kapak tasar m n n sahibi Meltem elebi yi de anmamak olmaz, sa olsun.Umar m 16 Metrekare yay nevi Bowman n di er eseri The Cruise of the Talking Fish i evet maalesef sadece iki eseri var de yay nlar.Not Tek z nt m Bill Bryson n ns z n n eviride yer almamas. 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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