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Frog Raising for Pleasure and Profit and other Bizarre Books Hardcover – 1985

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312082509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312082505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,481,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David M. Giltinan on March 24, 2008
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This book arrived in the same Amazon shipment as "Bertha Venation", a book devoted to funny names of people. While "Bertha Venation" managed to be singularly unfunny, "Bizarre Books" had a pretty high hilarity quotient. Almost every page had at least a couple of titles which made me giggle.

Conveniently grouped into chapters such as Double Entendres, Science & Scientific Theories, health & Medicine, Sex & Marriage, Sport, Leisure, Clothes & Fashion, Food & Drink, The Workplace, Crime & the Law, Religion & Beliefs, and Death , most of the titles included in this book are genuinely funny. For some of the more baffling titles, the authors include a representative short excerpt, a welcome feature.

This book is not for everyone. But if you have a penchant for the offbeat, the quirky, and obscure weirdness, it's good for more than a few belly-laughs.

It would be remiss of me not to include a few of my favorite entries:

* The Art of Faking Exhibition Poultry (1934), by George Ryley Scott.
The author treads an indistinct line between condemning this widespread and despicable practice, and telling the reader exactly how to do it.

* Correctly English in 100 Days(Shanghai Correctly English Society, 1934)
This book is prepared for the Chinese young man who wishes to served for the foreign firms. It divided nealy hundred and ninety pages. It contains full of ordinary speak and write language.....

* Was Oderic of Pordenone Ever in Tibet?, by Berthold Laufer (1914)

* The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum, by Wallace Irwin (1901)
'Am I a turnip? On the strict Q.T.,
When do my Trilbys get so ossified?
Why am I minus when it's up to me
To brace my Paris pansy for a glide?
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I really like this meta book - I just wish there were more excerpts from the featured books. After a while, reading the massive lists of book titles was like going to a restaurant and only reading the menu - eventually, you want something to eat!
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As a cataloger in one of the largest libraries on America's east coast, I have continually been struck by some of the strange and bizarre titles that cross my desk in an average year. Some are so esoteric, such as "Jewish Chess Masters on Postage Stamps" (NOT cited by these authors) that you wonder what the entire world market for the book is. Other titles have inappropriate or comical authors. Russel Ash and Brian Lake have culled library catalogs to find hilarious examples of such works. This is a book to dip into for brief swims rather than be devoured from cover to cover. It will make you painfully aware of the adage of publishers, "Leave no demographic untouched." I would be remiss in not pointing out that this book was compiled by two British authors. What Americans and Brits find funny are not always the same thing. Even so there are enough gut busters to make both sides of the Atlantic happy. The really frightening thing is that, given the state of publishing today, with little effort this book could be twice as long.
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"Bizarre Books" contains the titles, and a few excerpts, of thousands of the strangest books ever written. This book is hilarious! It would be a great Christmas gift for anyone with a relatively silly sense of humour.
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I bought this book because of its cover which featured a lady who appeared to be from the fifties holding two toads, upside down, one in each hand. It was apparently the front cover for a book about making profits from raising frogs. The rest of the book is simply about weird and wonderful books. Whether they have unintentionally amusing titles, such as "Penetrating Wagner's Ring", unbelievable prosaic titles such as "A study of Liverpudlian water cocks, 1932-1955" or ridiculous authors' names, one of which included something like "D'Bang-D'Crashes" (I'm using my memory here so these may not be exactly correct) it is a very funny book. I work in London, and the London Underground is a very staid place. But I read it while I was commuting and could not help laughing out loud at some of the entries. I got some very strange looks from fellow commuters until I passed the book to one of them. Then they started laughing out loud too. Even if you can't get a copy for me, could you hunt down who ever I loaned it to and force them to return it to me?
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While browsing in one of London's classic book stores, I purchased this thin book as a gag gift for a friend addicted to buying books back in Los Angeles.
My friend never received it. I kept it. You can't let such an odd, funny, and unique book leave your hands. Each page provides insight into strange obsessions and peculiar beliefs that have grabbed writers. Some celebrate taboo lifestyles (The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution; Scalping in America) while others document extreme optimism ( You Can Make a Stradivarius Violin, Thirty-six Reasons for Believing in Everlasting Punishment) and lots of dry British humor (Books in Bottles: The Curious in Literature, and a blank book of 400 pages titled What Women Know About Men.)
An instant classic for book collectors and bookstore owners.
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