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Three for Ship: A Swan Song to Dartmouth Beer Pong [Kindle Edition]

Crispus Knight , David Hornbuckle , Meghan McDevitt , Sarah Samaroo
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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In the darkened, fetid basements of Dartmouth College's fraternities and sororities, the sacred ritual of Beer Pong has been practiced with a curious passion by generations of inebriated ivy-league students. A culture of binge-drinking, debauched parties, drunken feats-of-strength, and booting and rallying has arisen around Pong and is embraced by much of the campus as being inextricably tied to the grossly misrepresented ideal of the Dartmouth man or woman.

Three for Ship tells the uncensored story of one man's obsession with Pong and the nightly battles waged against his drunken alter ego, Balls, on the Pong tables of the notorious Chi-Gam basement. This raw, emotional chronicle of a fraternity Pong player is a portrait of a sick and masochistic young man walking a fine line between what would be considered a normal college partying experience and something much more twisted and sinister. Pong, by its very nature, had incited a terrible rampage of self-destructive tendencies and unapologetic nihilism that crashed violently into what had until that point been a promising young academic career.


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  • "Knight's tale is Ping-Pong-meets-sado-masochism. It's revolting - and fascinating, a book for college students and their parents, readers interested in those with addictions, and, of course, Dartmouth administrators." - Blueink Review
  • "Sure, it is vulgar, nasty and debauched in places but there is nothing in here that the average student cannot relate to. In fact there is a noteworthy lack of `antisocial' content and the whole book handles people with dignity somehow. All of this combined makes this a book that cannot be put down, it really is that well written."  - Paul Little, Little Ebook Reviews
  • "To bear witness to the destruction of a life through literature is painful to read, but the honesty and fairness given by Crispus Knight to his college experience makes "Three for Ship" worth reading, not for the non-existent morals gained from the story, or the uplifting ending, but for the outpouring of soul of a culture that is currently being picked at by college administration, law enforcement and the general public. While the subject matter may be familiar, the bleakness of the presentation of "Balls" experience creates a vastly new and interesting look at the competitive college experience." - Kira Clingen, Pubbed Reviews
  • "Knight is an intelligent, skilled and vivid writer, making it plausible he could have gotten by for so long on so little effort. Most of this skill is devoted to lively but endless descriptions of drinking and vomiting, or 'booting'" - Kirkus Reviews

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  • File Size: 4789 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
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  • Publisher: Fuzzy Plum Press (July 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EA9TM56
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and Thoroughly Engaging August 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I just got it yesterday and have a little ways to go, this book is an informative, entertaining narrative of a very interesting character. I actually know of the culture described therein already but I think it would be even more eye-opening to someone who does not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read October 18, 2013
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Being from the wrong side of the pond and having no idea about the game of Pong or the Greek system I am far from on home territory reading this book. Even though there is even a part of me that wants to say "tutt, tutt!" to the various nonsense described in this work, but I cannot because that would be silly given that the book is so much more than that.
This is a story of choices, some are actively taken and some are passively imposed upon oneself over years of re-enacting the same events night after night.
What I cannot get away from, though, is how true to life this is even of the University of my own youth many years ago and a continent away. One of the major challenges of University really does seem to be the personal journey to arrive at a point where something matters enough to work for it and the problem is that not all of those journeys go straight towards career friendly or even constructive outcomes. But this would be a four star review if the book was supposed to be a cautionary tale. It is not, or at least not only. It is a visually written, intelligently composed and compelling reading.
Sure, it is vulgar, nasty and debauched in places but there is nothing in here that the average student cannot relate to. In fact there is a noteworthy lack of `antisocial' content and the whole book handles people with dignity somehow. All of this combined makes this a book that cannot be put down, it really is that well written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read August 16, 2013
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This is the alternately hilarious and disturbing story of a young man's battle against his inner demons. Set against the backdrop of the fraternity system at Dartmouth College, the author gives you a deep look into his mind as he deals with issues such as depression, alcoholism, peer pressure, hazing, and racial identity. The memoir provides a deep look into the underbelly of this Ivy League school, and an even deeper look into the troubled mind of the author.

The book is a great read for anyone looking to relive the fun and debauchery of their college days, or for someone looking for a warning against the excesses of the same.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight Club meets Animal House with August 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm sitting on a flight right now and just had to put the book down and give the author some credit.
Three For Ship is the book you want it to be: it has the subject matter that is warm and familiar, but a spin that make it feel brand new again.
Crispus takes you to what is at first glance, the quintessential college experience, but his refreshing take makes it so much more.
Fast paced with no omission of detail, narrative oriented but with a fresh voice..strongly recommend!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Homage August 5, 2013
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In the wake of Janet Reitman's expose on Andrew Lohse's experiences at Dartmouth, a void of response has been sought after by many Ivy League alumni. Crispus Knight's novel "Three For Ship" does so with a profoundly more humane and purposeful reflection than found in the aforementioned Rolling Stone piece. Three For Ship gets at the heart of what is might be like for a college student who for lack of better words "doesn't know any better," exposed to a societal mechanism that defines a hedonistic nightlife that can truly only exist in a disconnected hamlet like Hanover. The heart of interpretation here is the fact that there is a "Balls" in all of us, given the right environment and exposed to the reality that existed at Dartmouth in the early part of the 00s. The story of life in the fraternity basements of Dartmouth College is one that should be told, and Knight has taken that task to the utmost in this vignette driven tale highlighting the impressionability of any well-meaning Ivy Leaguer stepping foot into a social world in which traditional convention falls second wind to alcohol-infused societal creation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Yourself April 22, 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking. A Must Read for those looking to gain some insight into Dartmouth student life, which is often obfuscated by the administration in its singular focus on preserving an idealistic public image.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and thought provoking December 12, 2013
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This book brought back a lot of memories. It's not often that you read something you can identify with so readily. This is a story happening at college's across the country but with an interesting new twist with the addition of Pong. I can vouch for the authenticity of this story as I was a brother in the frat described but I think it would be an interesting read for even someone to whom the Greek system is a mystery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A Very Mixed Bag
I think this "memoir" is probably more interesting to a Dartmouth grad like myself, than it would be to the average reader who I am not sure would find this a very compelling... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Poor Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Should go down as a cult classic!
I don't typically read a lot of novels or memoirs but I read this as the subject matter is familiar and interesting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by harlan thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars The often overlooked underbelly of College Education
With the growing media exposure of the trials and tribulations of gaining admission into college, both because of the inordinately high costs of obtaining a degree and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend: Hilarious, while the darker side remains...
I am writing this minutes after finishing reading Crispus Knight's book, somewhat stunned. Normally I don't write reviews online, but Three For Ship drew me in. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Noah Shaul
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read. The first of many by this author, I hope!
I have to admit that the title did not entice me to read this. I had no idea what three for ship would be about. Read more
Published 11 months ago by EdT
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, humorous homage to beer pong
I wrote the following review on my website, livingthedream.org:

Pong is a beautiful sport. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janos D. Marton
5.0 out of 5 stars Humours, Fun and better then any Reagan Era PSA
A must read for any recent college grad, college studnet, or potnetial HS student! A book full of humours and fun ancidotes chronically one student and his love.
Published 11 months ago by David T. Alexander
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More About the Author

Crispus Knight is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. His previous accomplishments include the creation of a semi-religious doctrine called, "The Book of Plum". When his aspirations of becoming a cult leader seemed unlikely, Mr. Knight shifted his attention to writing novels. His first book, "Three For Ship", chronicles the rise and fall of Balls--his misanthropic alter ego born in the fraternity basements of Dartmouth College.

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