Rumpole Omnibus: 2nd Hardcover – 29 Oct 1987
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About the Author
John Mortimer is a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels (Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets) featuring Leslie Titmuss. Sir John received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Rumpole is always in search of the truth and sees possible defences where other people may only see a guilty plea. There are some of my favourite stories in this collection including 'Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail' - which shows Rumpole dealing with a crime which he prefers not to touch if he can avoid it and 'Rumpole and the Dear Departed' in which he receives his instructions from beyond the grave.
I also particularly like 'Rumpole and the Genuine Article' in which the art world comes in for some scorn, and 'Rumpole and the Old Boy Net' which ridicules the idea that everyone from the same school should stick together in later life. 'Rumpole and the Last Resort' is priceless and shows Rumpole getting round the convention which stops barristers suing for unpaid fees.
Of the third selection in this volume I particularly enjoy 'Rumpole and the Official Secret' in which his brief is delivered in a safe and involves the number of biscuits consumed by Ministry staff. 'Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim' is a sober and thought provoking story which examines the question of loyalty and how far people will go to uphold it.
Many of the stories in this volume will make you smile but others do raise some disturbing questions and will cause the reader to think more deeply about the law and justice.
How can anyone not possibly enjoy reading of Horace Rumpole's adventures and misadventures? Can anyone find fault with a writer who does justice to whatever educational system laid the foundations for his excellent use of the English language (I am a non-native speaker). Excellent use of appropriate vocabulary helps the reader to experience Rumpole rather than just read about his iconoclastic capers.
But let the reader be warned! Reading any one of the Rumpole books is to flirt with an incurable addiction! Even when one acquires and reads the complete series there follow many periods of re-reading. And equally enjoyable re-reading it is too - I should know, I started reading Rumpole almost three decades ago and still do so from time to time :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful and engaging! Certainly an entertaining read. The book's condition and the price were great.Published 1 hour ago by HT
Rumpole continues to delight. Surely one of literature's great heroes. Destined to be remembered as fondly as Holmes.Published 13 months ago by D
I am reading these stories for the second time and am enjoying them almost as much as the first time.Published 14 months ago by Maths Fan
Enjoyed it. Find it fascinating how he always manages to put a final twist in it.Published 15 months ago by J. Pye