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Rumpole's Return af John Mortimer
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Rumpole's Return (original 1982; udgave 1980)

af John Mortimer

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John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.… (mere)
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Titel:Rumpole's Return
Forfattere:John Mortimer
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (1980), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages
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  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
In a departure from the previous tales from the career of Horace Rumpole, this book is a novel rather than a selection of short stories. Rumpole is as entertaining as ever, by turns pompous, bombastic and sarcastic and occasionally even wheedling.

As the book opens, however, Rumpole seems to have tunred his back on life at the London Bar, and he and his wife Hilda (generally known to Rumpole as ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’) are staying with their son Nick, who lives and works in Miami. It seems that, after a run of ten defeats in court, all presided over by Judge ‘Mad Bull’ Bullingham, Rumpole may have hung up his wig and retired. At least, that is what Hilda, Nick and all of Rumpole’s fellow tenants in Equity Court believe. The only person who does not seem to have received the memo is Rumpole himself.

The plot surrounds the death in Notting Hill gate Underground Station of a minor aristocrat who is found stabbed. The principal suspect is a young, rather dysfunctional civil servant employed in what was then the Inland Revenue, who was found in possession of the murder weapon and a paper on which a message had been written in blood. The case finds its way to ambitious young barrister, Ken Cracknell, who has taken over Rumpole’s old room in Equity Court. Thinking Cracknell might appreciate some help on the issue of the blood stained letter (a subject on which Rumpole is recognised as an expert), Phyllida Trant writes to her former colleague, asking for his advice.

This is just the excuse Rumpole, who has struggled to adapt to a life of relative luxury and ease in Miami, needs, and he boards a budget jet flight back to London, where he gradually claws his way into the case.

I don’t think that the longer format works. Rumpole is as amusing and entertaining as ever, but the plot is rather too insubstantial to support a whole book. There is an amusing subplot involving the oleaginous Guthrie Featherstone QC, head of the Equity Court Chambers, but even this is insufficient to sustain the weight of a novel. This would have fared better if pared down a bit, and offered up as a novella, with a couple more stories to fill out a volume. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Apr 26, 2019 |
I really enjoy Rumple now and again with his intrepid wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed. In this book, he comes out of a brief stint in retirement in Florida, of all places, to defend criminals at the Old Bailey with his usual flair and dedication. Especially good as narrated by Patrick Tull in these unabridged recordings, though Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC adaptations is quite a treat too of course! ( )
  Smiler69 | Dec 6, 2018 |
The first "Rumpole of the Bailey" novel, in which the curmudgeonly barrister has retired and settled in Florida with She Who Must Be Obeyed, after ten straight defeats in the courtroom of his nemesis, Judge Bullingham. A letter from one of his colleagues awakens him to the fact that he abhors retirement and the Florida sunshine, and he flies back to England to insert himself back into a Bailey that is not entirely eager to welcome him back. After a few more courtroom defeats, he finally is served a near-impossible murder to defend, and to boot, it will be tried in the courtroom of --- Judge Bullingham. Horace Rumpole is one of my favorite characters in literature: droll, self-absorbed (but not entirely obnoxiously so), convinced of his invincibility in the courtroom (and often right), always willing to take on a hopeless case and a small cigar and glass of Pommeroy's claret. I also love how he is in thrall to She Who Must Be Obeyed (his wife, Hilda), whom he leaves behind in Florida to escape to his old life in England, but I suspect there is a strong mutual unspoken devotion there. My favorite part of this book is the priceless scene where Hilda, believing that Rumpole has been perusing naughty schoolgirl magazines, attempts to seduce an increasingly shocked and alarmed Rumpole. ( )
  burnit99 | Apr 4, 2015 |
a good rumpole. even the 2nd time around. ( )
  mahallett | Mar 9, 2015 |
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John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.

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