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The Specialist

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  95 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The personal credo of one Lem Putt, a specialist, this book presents the philosophy of a man who loves his trade and has considered every aspect of it.
Hardcover, 29 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Souvenir Press (first published 1930)
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Derek Bell
May 31, 2016 Derek Bell rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, this book is never going to be your all time favourite book, but it is well worth a read.
It's funny, in a gentle kind of way, and it's a window into a whole different time, a whole different world.
I also need to say, I read this because Terry Pratchett said so - there can be no better rating system for a book.
Enjoy of, put it on a shelf, and come back to it in a year and enjoy it all over again.
Jan 12, 2016 Maxine rated it really liked it
My Dad recommended this little book, as an old friend had sent it to him well before I was born. It is now available on kindle for the princely sum of 1.25.

It's funny, even though it was written in the 1930s when life in rural North America were a little different - but at the end of the day if it's funny, it's funny.

Worth a read.
Bill Warden
Apr 29, 2015 Bill Warden rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern
This book shows that there's a lot of thinking that goes into designing a privy.

A very quick read, but well worth the time.
Peter Jones
Jul 27, 2015 Peter Jones rated it really liked it
Jun 20, 2015 Phil rated it really liked it
I read this as Terry Pratchett raved about it. It is a very good monologue about a man who is a specialist in building privy's.

And that's about it, the humour is nice and subtile, it's a very good short piece. It started off as a Vaudeville act and it really has that feeling, I assume it hasn't aged too well. I can sort of see how it influenced Pratchett's humour, in the very dry almost snideness of the humour.

Will take less than an hour to get through, so if you come across it definitely give
Sep 16, 2010 abatage rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's old-school, but it's funny! The language really gives you a sense of the setting and the good humour of the author. I'd never considered the specialisation of privy construction, but now I'll view them in a new light - and probably have a chuckle to myself at the same time.
Dec 04, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Given to my father 60 years ago by one of his minister friends, I read it today while going through my mother's things. Understated hilarity about masterful building of outhouses, yet there's also a sincere message about pursuing excellence in whatever you do.
Karianne Hagen
Nov 26, 2013 Karianne Hagen rated it really liked it
Jeg har lest den norske oversettelsen av boka, gjort av Alf Prøysen og illustrert av Kjell Aukrust. På dialekt og med spreke illustrasjoner var dette morsom lesning som fint parodierer spesialiseringa på alle bauger og kanter.
Rob Roy
Jan 21, 2011 Rob Roy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
While originally a comedy sketch, the humor is still strong, and he makes some excellent points. As a side benefit you will learn the high art of privy building
Oct 13, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it
A million seller in its day. Fun, and a little bit to do with my profession in a way. Humour surprisingly undated, and has a few truths about any specialism...
Aug 22, 2013 Duncan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-sci-fi
Odd little book, quirky rather than funny, but a must read for any would be festival organisers I guess. Takes about 5 mins to read.
Jan 01, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
Who knew there were so many things to consider when building an outhouse! Fascinatingly funny!
Jun 01, 2012 Howard rated it really liked it
A little book on the smallest room, but funny, funny, funny!
Dec 29, 2008 Janette marked it as to-read
recommended by Terry Pratchett.
Elizabeth van Niekerk-Venter
Feb 01, 2010 Elizabeth van Niekerk-Venter rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, other, 10r
My granny made me read it...
Nick Peters
Nov 05, 2013 Nick Peters rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Good for what it is.
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Charles "Chic" Sale was an American actor and vaudevillian. Named at birth Charles Partlow Sale, he was a son of Frank Orville and Lillie Belle (Partlow) Sale, and brother of writer, actress Virginia Sale-Wren.

In 1929, inspired by a carpenter named 'Lem Putt' from his hometown of Urbana, Illinois, Sale wrote The Specialist, a play about an outhouse builder. Because copyright infringement was wides
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“Take your grandpappy--goin' out there is about the only recreation he gets. He'll go out some rainy night with his nighties flappin' around his legs, and like as not when you come out in the mornin' you'll find him prone in the mud, or maybe skidded off one of them curves and wound up in the corn crib.” 1 likes
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