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Rude Tales and Glorious: A Retelling of the Arthurian Tales

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Preface by Nicholas Seare, Professor Emeritus, The Other Cottage, Bettws-y-Coed, Caenarvonshire, 1967; an Apologia by Davydd ap Seare (Nicholas Seare), Clerke. Line drawings by William Bramhall. Internals fine-unmarked, uncreased, clean and clear pages. Text-block is clean, upper edge is slightly yellowed, rough cut. New York: Clarkson, Potter, Inc., Publishers, 1983 First ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published October 27th 1984 by Crown Pub. / Clarkson N. Potter (first published 1983)
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Feb 17, 2011 Cynthiaj rated it it was amazing
Since high school one of my favorite authors has been Douglas Adams. It seems satire is what I really like best. And satire with humor is better still. So Nicholas Seare is now in my upper echelon.

I easily gave this book the whole five stars (not even wishing for the ability to give 4 1/2) as it kept me entertained the entire way through. The humor was bawdy and the satire pervasive, but that is evident by the title.

I am going to make my husband read it then loan the book to my sister. I would
Nov 02, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
This was a chance find in the local library when I was 14 - probably the best age to stumble across it. I'd started reading the Flashman series at the time and was convinced this was the same author. The real author, Rod Whitaker, seems to be a whole story of his own...

It's a bawdy, extremely humorous tale, but there's an intelligence that makes this book one of my all-time favourites. To me, the author's confidence in his own ability with the English language puts him in the same league as Doug
Oct 07, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing
Beyond Hilarious!

If you can read "The Feate of Sir Bohort" aloud to anyone without cracking up, you're not human.

Insane to think that this is also the author known as "Trevanian" who wrote the Eiger Sanction and other suspense novels under that name.
Kathleen Lawson
Jun 09, 2016 Kathleen Lawson rated it it was amazing
I almost choked myself with laughter reading this book!! It is a retelling of the Arthurian Knights, and it is brilliant, saucy, and ridiculous!!

It is out of print, but available on Amazon, and if you like Douglas Adams, you just might be a fan of this!
Jul 09, 2016 Victor rated it really liked it
This is a humorous book for anyone who enjoys Monty Python. Also, it is more entertaining for those who have read the tales of Arthur and his Knights.
Cary Cox
Aug 11, 2015 Cary Cox rated it it was amazing
Totally hilarious--bawdy and bold commentary on human nature!
Kathryn McCary
Tales told over a winter's knight by two beggars who seek shelter in a castle in 14th century Wales. The sophomoric emphasis on bawdry considerably detracts from the pleasure one can derive from the author's juggling with the frametale devices.
Feb 02, 2010 Stuart rated it it was amazing
A fantastically bawdy collection of Arthurian tales. I read this ages ago and it still sticks in my mind for such wonderful expressions like: "perfidious lickshit". It's not exactly a classic piece of literature, but it had me roaring with laughter.
Roger Paterson
Jul 18, 2013 Roger Paterson rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud hilarious! In my opinion one of the funniest books ever written. It's a terrible shame that it disappeared in a haze of litigation between Whittaker and his it! Especially if you love the english language!
Jun 04, 2009 Melody rated it it was ok
This crude send-up of the Arthurian legends was funny in an unsophisticated and earthy fashion. It made me laugh more than once, but ultimately it isn't as hilarious as it thinks it is. Too self-conscious by half.
Margot Fallen
Oct 26, 2011 Margot Fallen rated it it was amazing
Crude, lewd, and yes rude...and even a little glorious. This book is filled with colorful language and even more colorful characters. I was laughing the entire way through.
Sep 19, 2008 M rated it it was amazing
Doubtless hard to find, but so worth it if you can. If the writing doesn't have you peeing in your pants, the illustrations will. Absolutely laugh-out-loud funny!
Dec 14, 2013 Myk123 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read. Rude, crude and absolutely hilariously lewd... One of the funniest books ever!
JD Carruthers
Oct 21, 2008 JD Carruthers rated it really liked it
I really loved this satire. Recommended reading (for adults only).
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Feb 03, 2015 Greg D'Agostino rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2009 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Great fun
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Lesser-used pen name of the author Rodney Whitaker, who primarily wrote under the name Trevanian.
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