25 Books, Book 4 – The Ascent of Rum Doodle


The Ascent of Rum Doodle

The Ascent of Rum Doodle

This book was given to me by my “Secret Santa” on a writing site I’m on. It’s taken me a while to get to reading it (as you can tell it being months since Christmas now). It got added to the list because it’s quite short and I felt I needed to catch-up on my target a bit. Anyhow…

The Ascent of Rum Doodle is the account of an expedition to climb the fictional Rum Doodle mountain which is slightly higher than Everest (40,000 1/2ft). It’s told by the leader of the expedition who is often blissfully unaware of what’s really going on around him.

It’s like a “Three Men and a Boat” for mountaineering. Or so believe since I haven’t read that book either.

The real test for a book like this is is it funny? It is but for me it was a bit of a one-joke idea – that the narrator has no idea just how incompetent his team really are. I read it more with a wry smile than I did actually laughing – though there was at least one laugh out loud moment toward the end.

6/10 It was a fun read but not “one of the funniest books” I’ve read. Sorry Bill.

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