Porterhouse Blue : (Porterhouse Blue Series 1) Paperback
by Tom Sharpe
Part of the Porterhouse Blue Series series
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 07/11/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099435464
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Review by Eyejaybee
Thirty years on this novel still seemed as funny as it was when I first read it. Porterhouse is one of the oldest of the Cambridge colleges, though its reputation is more for brawn than brain - while its students have dominated competition on the river they have fared increasing poorly in the examination hall. Now, in the mid 1970s and following the Fellows' failure to elect one themselves a new Master has been imposed by the Prime Minister in his capacity as The Visitor. His selection is Sir Godber Evans, a troublesome junior minister who is also an alumnus of the ollege. However, his time there was unhappy as he did not originate from the same wealthy background as most of his fellow students, who looked down upon him as a consequence. Now he sees his chance for revenge, and pledges to modernise the College and render it an egalitarian meritocracy. complete with female students (and Fellows!) and a condom dispenser!!!Sir Godber finds rigid competition from the incumbent Fellows, but also from Skullion, the College's Head Porter. Though Skullion had never himself enjoyed the privileges and advantages espoused by generations of students of Porterhouse, his loyalty to the College (for whom he has worked for more than forty years) is absolute! However, he is soon to find tht that loyalty may well have been misplaced.Meanwhile research student Zipser is beset by a powerful, indeed almost irresistible desire for his bedder, with disastrous consequences (which include the entirely unforeseen outcome of his attempt to dispose of 250 condoms).Farcical, ridiculous and utterly entertaining!