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Rumpole and the Primrose Path Paperback – 2 Oct 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141011203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141011202
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rumpoles wit has not deserted him... Mortimer is in high form here. ("The New Yorker") For things most truly themselves, there should be a special place of honor... We should remember to be thankful for Rumpole. ("The Washington Post") Mortimer is the master of a crisp, witty, eminently readable prose style. ("Los Angeles Times")

Rumpoleas wit has not deserted him... Mortimer is in high form here. ("The New Yorker")

Mortimer is the master of a crisp, witty, eminently readable prose style. ("Los Angeles Times")

For things most truly themselves, there should be a special place of honor... We should remember to be thankful for Rumpole. ("The Washington Post")

Rumpole s wit has not deserted him... Mortimer is in high form here. ("The New Yorker")

Rumpole's wit has not deserted him... Mortimer is in high form here. ("The New Yorker")

RumpoleAEs wit has not deserted him... Mortimer is in high form here. ("The New Yorker")
For things most truly themselves, there should be a special place of honor... We should remember to be thankful for Rumpole. ("The Washington Post")
Mortimer is the master of a crisp, witty, eminently readable prose style. ("Los Angeles Times")" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 - a character as brilliant as Rumpole. John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.


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I first happened across the Rumpole books a decade or so ago, and each offering has been a gem. John Mortimer, as usual, takes the opportunity to use Rumpole as a vehicle to cast a satirical eye over (relatively) recent political and legal issues. Equally, however, each story stands on its own merits irrespective of whether one recognises the real world events which provide the backdrop.
The usual cast of characters, who will be familiar to readers of previous books, are present together with a new arrival or two.
The only issue I have with this book (and with some of the Rumpole series in general) is the sometimes extraordinary series of co-incidences upon which the plot resolution depends - chance meetings, mutual aquantances etc. Still, providing the reader is sufficiently willing to suspend their disbelief, Rumpole remains a joy to read.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2015
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This is an entertaining collection of six short stories starting with Rumpole's escape from the Primrose Path nursing home where he has been sent to recover from his heart attack brought on by a fight in court with Judge Bullingham. Rumpole fears that the body count at the Primrose Path is rather too high and decides to make his escape as speedily as possible.

The other stories are equally good with Rumpole's performance clearly not impaired by his brush with death. I especially enjoyed Rumpole Redeemed in which Rumpole sees that just because a crime appears to have been committed by a particular person with a trade mark style doesn't mean it actually was committed by that person. In this story yet another of Claude Erskine-Brown's mad attractions to unlikely women is doomed to failure.

There is something hugely endearing in Rumpole as a character I find even though he doesn't always suffer fools gladly. He frequently sees through outward appearances to the real people underneath - such as in the first story and Nurse Dotty. Rumpole is marvellous comfort reading even when you know the outcome of the story.
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Format: Paperback
I have now read all but one of the Rumpole books, and of those have enjoyed all but one.
Rumpole and the Primrose Path may lack some of the intricacies of earlier books, but the character of Rumpole shines through and this collection of stories is a delight. Although the usual characters play lesser roles than in some of the earlier books, Erskine-Brown again provides the love interest with the latest of his unrequited love affairs.
There is only one drawback that I can see - the book was difficult to put down and therefore over too soon, leaving me with a warm glow but a sense of loss when it was finished. It will go on the shelf with my other books, to be read and enjoyed again at a later date.
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Bill Wallis has the "just right," voice for this collection of Rumpole stories, most enjoyable, I have listened to it over and over again, and it always delights.Will there be more? I hope so.
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The later Rumpoles always seem to have the feeling that they've been thrown together with less care about the credibility of the plotting and the like. This book is no exception. But it does provide a soft, agreeable hour's distraction/entertainment that doesn't quite exist in the same format elsewhere.
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If your new to Rumpole, I envy you. If your an old customer hopefully not one of the circus judges or Q.Customers prepare to be delighted yet again.
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