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review 2015-10-26 13:11
The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W.E.Bowman
The Ascent of Rum Doodle - Bill Bryson,W.E. Bowman

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 more 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.

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review 2014-07-11 07:21
#BookADayUK - Day 11: The Book that made you cry
Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des Seins (SZ-Bibliothek, #1) - Milan Kundera,Susanna Roth

Once again a category with lots of possible choices. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of the most beautiful love stories I ever read. It really made me cry - but not because of the love story. I cried when Karenin, the dog, died!

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review 2014-07-08 07:47
#BookADay - Day 8: Favourite Great War Novel
Im Westen nichts Neues - Erich Maria Remarque

I've somehow dedicated this year to reading novels on the Great War. I've enjoyed (as far as you can enjoy books on this occurence) all the books I've read on it so far. But among all these books there was one that sticks out and that is All Quiet on the Western Front. It is just absolutely brilliant. The descriptions of the war, the people's injuries and their situation at the front are completely ruthless but I think that's the only way to really show the horrors of war.  

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review 2014-07-04 08:49
#BookADayUK - Day 4: All-time favourite American Novel of 4 July Independence Day
Huckleberry Finns Abenteuer: Roman - Mark Twain

This was another difficult choice for me. In the end I decided to chose Huckleberry Finn. It is one of the very few books I've read twice (once as a child and again as an adult) and I aboslutely loved it both times.

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review 2014-07-02 09:02
[#BookADayUK] Day 1: A Book That Made You Laugh Out Loud
The Phantom Tollbooth - Jules Feiffer,Norton Juster

Books only make me laugh when they are very silly. I have the impression that it's difficult to find them. The Phantom Tollbooth is one exception. I read it at the beginning of this year. It clearly was the craziest and funniest thing I've read in a while.

The style reminded me a lot of Alice in Wonderland: both books have a similar structure and use a lot of puns. Hearing this, one might thing that The Phantom Tollbooth is a copy of Alice. But even though there are similarities the two books a very different. I love them both and I think I can say that The Phantom Tollbooth is even a bit better than Alice.

By the way, on the cover you can see a watch-dog :)

 

 

 

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