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If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Timeless Humour Porterhouse Blues by Tom SharpeI ve lost count of the number of times I ve read Porterhouse Blue What memorable characters Scullion, the reactionary porter who hates change and fondly recalls the good old feudal days when he used to get kicked by the aristocratic students Sir Godber Evans, the wet former cabinet minister exiled to Porterhouse and his politically correct wife, Lady Mary, who wants to introduce h If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Timeless Humour Porterhouse Blues by Tom SharpeI ve lost count of the number of times I ve read Porterhouse Blue What memorable characters Scullion, the reactionary porter who hates change and fondly recalls the good old feudal days when he used to get kicked by the aristocratic students Sir Godber Evans, the wet former cabinet minister exiled to Porterhouse and his politically correct wife, Lady Mary, who wants to introduce healthy food, condom machines and women into Porterhouse Sir Cathcart Death, head of the Porterhouse alumni association, who has a Japanese bodyguard, holds orgies in his stately home and tells Scullion to make sure the cook gives him tea on his way out The big joke about this book is that it isn t a joke at all Some of the previous reviewers mention Oxford Porterhouse Blue doesn t take place in that so called university, but its younger and better sibling, Cambridge The fact is that where Porterhouse Blue takes place should be blindingly obvious to anyone who has been at a specific College Names have been changed to protect the guilty, of course, but I ll give you a hint there is only one College at Cambridge that was founded in 1284, and The big joke about this book is that it isn t a joke at all Some of the previous reviewers mention Oxford Porterhouse Blue doesn t take place in that so called university, but its younger and better sibling, Cambridge The fact is that where Porterhouse Blue takes place should be blindingly obvious to anyone who has been at a specific College Names have been changed to protect the guilty, of course, but I ll give you a hint there is only one College at Cambridge that was founded in 1284, and whose name begins with P and ends in House Just like the book, real world Porterhouse was, and continues to be, almost comically tiny, extremely conservative, ancient 1284, remember , appallingly wealthy, and with gourmet food every day Before 1985, it was also as bent as an engineer s penny it was second last to admit women this after much uproar and protest , and jokes about the fellows personal liaisons abound even today, though the dubious traditions of professorial perversion are not compulsory these days Just like the book, real world Porterhouse props up the Tompkins table it accepts people, rather than freaks, and so you relikely to come upon a student drinking himself into a stupor than seated upon the chairs in the library with his nose touching the page also just like the book, real world Porterhouse throws a formal dinner every night for almost literally pennies, being the only College in Cambridge that does so The hilarity of Porterhouse Blue, then, is magnified for those that spot the similarity to real world Porterhouse and its quirks, especially in the 70s For those that say real world Porterhouse may have once been like its looking glass counterpart, but is no longer, let me say this much has changed, true enough most of Sir Godber s policies are here to stay , but evenhas stayed the same Another great comedy by Tom Sharpe His prose is so captivating it is like one is actually there The TV film adaption with David Jason drunk on the Dean s whiskey and chasing inflated comdoms around the university lawnTimeless This satirical novel looks at Cambridge University at Porterhouse college and the conflict between Sir Godber the new master with existing staff of the Dean, Senior Tutor, Bursar and the hard of hearing Chaplain trying to maintain tradition against the new liberal Masters proposed reforms The story is a tongue in check satire with the Porter of 45 years Skullion unhappy with the proposed changes The fictional college book title of Poterhouse Blues is from how most of the old students and staff This satirical novel looks at Cambridge University at Porterhouse college and the conflict between Sir Godber the new master with existing staff of the Dean, Senior Tutor, Bursar and the hard of hearing Chaplain trying to maintain tradition against the new liberal Masters proposed reforms The story is a tongue in check satire with the Porter of 45 years Skullion unhappy with the proposed changes The fictional college book title of Poterhouse Blues is from how most of the old students and staff die from a stroke induced by the college s legendary excess in food and drink Having once attended a dinner at an Oxford University College and sat at high table I can vouch for the food and the port afterwards However, it was not a gluttonous feast and the senior staff were very nice A sub plot of the poor under graduate Zipser fixated about his bedder cleaner the overweight Mrs Briggs culminates in a hilarious explosive scene thanks to a couple of hundred gas inflated condoms The mad Lord, investigative journalist and the Master s wife who has him under her thumb all add to the hilarity The story is very funny and was made into a tv series with David Jason as Skullion in 1987 This was very funny in an English sort of way However, it would have been funnier if it hadn t be so true.When you constantly meet people like the characters of this book they somehow quickly go from funny to annoying.All in all a bitter sweet experience, however the condom suicide was excellent I d early on been aware of Tom Sharpe and I remember being young and going to a friend s house in the countryside, wandering around upstairs having a nosy about, and seeing a big oak bookcase, filled with book after book of Tom Sharpe titles among other authors I had a look at a few and liked the old Pan Publishing cartoon style covers, with their often risque illusions and general depictions of debauched scenarios and they seemed to stick in my mind Years later, I was in a second hand book I d early on been aware of Tom Sharpe and I remember being young and going to a friend s house in the countryside, wandering around upstairs having a nosy about, and seeing a big oak bookcase, filled with book after book of Tom Sharpe titles among other authors I had a look at a few and liked the old Pan Publishing cartoon style covers, with their often risque illusions and general depictions of debauched scenarios and they seemed to stick in my mind Years later, I was in a second hand book shop Oxfam and saw this title and immediately recognised the cover and knew it was one of his most famous works and so bought it and finally read it a year or two agoI was quite surprised initially as I d assumed, probably because of the raunchy vivid front covers, that the book would be quite fruity and full of lewd humour and farce, but found itold fashioned than I was expecting The blurb on the front drew comparisons to Waugh and Wodehouse and the writing style is a little similar in a way to those two, very roughly, with the old style humour and finesse, but here you have content that includes a few condoms flying about and the odd horny student on the hunt for women, which the aforementioned couple of past masters tended not to write about Still, this was written in the 1970 s but feels earlier in some ways and has that cosy old comfort feel of a Wodehouse novel, in the general feel and atmosphere created and I particularly liked the Porter and his snug little cottage in which he lived, within the college grounds, and the general light and farcical tone that pervades the whole bookIf you are after a well written, University style comedic romp that s never belly laugh funny, but leads to a few smiles and has a nice gentle pace and an enjoyable zany plot to it, then this could be your next easy going read |DOWNLOAD E-PUB ☤ Porterhouse Blue ☸ Porterhouse College is world renowned for its gastronomic excellence, the arrogance of its Fellows, its academic mediocrity and the social cache it confers on the athletic sons of country families Sir Godber Evans, ex Cabinet Minister and the new Master, is determined to change all this Spurred on by his politically angular wife, Lady Mary, he challenges the established order and provokes the wrath of the Dean, the Senior Tutor, the Bursar and, most intransigent of all, Skullion the Head Porter with hilarious and catastrophic results Jinlar bazmi, yoxud katta oyin the arrogance of its Fellows Hand Lettering Workbook: A Premium Beginner’s Practice Hand Lettering Book & Introduction to Lettering & Modern Calligraphy its academic mediocrity and the social cache it confers on the athletic sons of country families Sir Godber Evans Whiteman ex Cabinet Minister and the new Master شاهنامه فردوسی از دستنویس موزه فلورانس is determined to change all this Spurred on by his politically angular wife Ludicrous Laws and Mindless Misdemeanors Lady Mary The Cult Files he challenges the established order and provokes the wrath of the Dean Let the Devil Speak the Senior Tutor Love (Naughty Princess, the Bursar and The X-Cure most intransigent of all The Message of Salvation Skullion the Head Porter with hilarious and catastrophic results My first Tom Sharpe always meant to read one and picked this up in a second hand bookshop in the south of Spain It won t be my last.Firstly, I didn t roll about laughing at this book, although I don t think there are too many books that have made me do that intentionally at least I did chortle a bit and read it with a smile in my mind, if that s possible I think most of all I was pleasantly surprised by the style, wit and intelligence of Sharpe s writing, if that doesn t sound too pretent My first Tom Sharpe always meant to read one and picked this up in a second hand bookshop in the south of Spain It won t be my last.Firstly, I didn t roll about laughing at this book, although I don t think there are too many books that have made me do that intentionally at least I did chortle a bit and read it with a smile in my mind, if that s possible I think most of all I was pleasantly surprised by the style, wit and intelligence of Sharpe s writing, if that doesn t sound too pretentious and condescending I don t know what I was expecting, but this is erudite, tight and full of clever use of words.As to the story itself, I m not a Cambridge student but I could well imagine this world I am English and did go to university but that s where the similarity between my world and the world of the book ends The novel interested and entertained me anyway, the characters were well drawn, and there are points which the book brings up and satirises which are still relevant in this Bullingdon Rees Mogg era we re living in suffering.A final note Sharpe is an avowedly anti PC personality and writer and readers should be ready for some bruisingly backwards views which could cause offence Super entertaining if you love satire Everyone has an agenda of his own, and they all seem to fulfill their destiny of clashing insanely with everyone else s.Personally, I think the episode of Zipser s uninvited lust for the overweight woman and subsequent events is one of the funniest episodes in literature, just sublimely funny I had to stop reading to laugh during the chapter on his dilemmas of buying and disposal of rubbers, which got progressively funnier and went on to an explosive clima Super entertaining if you love satire Everyone has an agenda of his own, and they all seem to fulfill their destiny of clashing insanely with everyone else s.Personally, I think the episode of Zipser s uninvited lust for the overweight woman and subsequent events is one of the funniest episodes in literature, just sublimely funny I had to stop reading to laugh during the chapter on his dilemmas of buying and disposal of rubbers, which got progressively funnier and went on to an explosive climax These are mental pictures that will stay with you forever.4 stars for the original humor..you can never tell what the events are leading to, and you keep turning the pages to findunanticipated and funny sequels When you ve read something like this, you know you have read something very unique and you understand it s classic status This book is probably funnier if you haven t actually attended a Cambridge college I remember a similar reaction to the blonde go go dancing secretary in Mel Brooks s The Producers, a movie I otherwise love The first time round, she came on and I was momentarily bemused by her slutty clothes and bizarre accent What on earth was she supposed to be After about 30 seconds, the penny dropped aha, she s Swedish I watched it in a Stockholm movie theatre, and clearly other people were having the This book is probably funnier if you haven t actually attended a Cambridge college I remember a similar reaction to the blonde go go dancing secretary in Mel Brooks s The Producers, a movie I otherwise love The first time round, she came on and I was momentarily bemused by her slutty clothes and bizarre accent What on earth was she supposed to be After about 30 seconds, the penny dropped aha, she s Swedish I watched it in a Stockholm movie theatre, and clearly other people were having the same experience There was a short silence, then a collective groan as we all got itor less simultaneously