First published in 1956, The Ascent of Rum Doodle quickly became established as mountaineering classic. As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a 40,000-and-a-half-foot peak, many thought it 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.
©1989 W. E. Bowman (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks
Great story. I had a lot of fun just listing to the narrator, who seemed to own the part. Billy wasn’t wrong when he said this was a find!
Binder of course!
If only Bill Bryson had narrated the book instead of just writing the introduction, this book might have been a good fit for a family trip.
"Deserves it's legendary status"
Travel writing for the armchair humorist with a fantastic cast of endearingly caricatured characters and steady stream of running jokes that perfectly apes the earnest, serious travel writing of its time. Shades of PG Wodehouse, Dad's Army, J.K. Jerome and more.
It's amazing that this book is not more widely known but its obscurity makes it very pleasant surprise. I just wish someone would read / record the sequel - Cruise of the Talking Fish.
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