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An east wind blowing through Mortimer Mansions,
This review is from: The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole (Paperback)
Fact - there is no bigger Rumpole fan than me. So I have to report with considerable sadness that the latest Rumpole is IMHO the work of a tired and/or ill old man.
Agree with other reviewers who comment on the extremely large text, the only method of adding substance to an otherwise flimsy, lightweight novella - and I'm being kind here.
But it's not that which upsets me - it's the weakness of the plot, and the characterisation. Our favourite denizens of Equity Court appear - without development or follow-through - say little, and for little apparent reason, fall in lust with each other. The plot - such as it is - fizzles rather than sizzles. Such a shame. This bottle of Pommeroys Very Ordinary is well past its drink-by date, and is a pale, ghostly simulacrum of the noble vintage which has gone before.
Buy it - secondhand - because you can't not read a new Rumpole. But don't spend much and be prepared for disappointment. In the words of his beloved Keats - "...the sedge is wither'd from the lake. And no birds sing."
It really pains me to write this.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2010 19:07:07 BDT
I do agree with this review. I loved Rumpole both in book and on TV but, much as I admire the late John Mortimer, it was a shame that such a great creation ended on such a dud note. Earlier stories make reference to Rumpole and his son enthusing over the Sherlock Holmes stories; sadly there is a parallel because, like Mortimer, Conan Doyle's later SH tales were very weak.
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