Monday, November 8, 2010

"Looking Like a Virgin on the Lip of a Volcano..."

The Trials of RumpoleThe Trials of Rumpole by John Mortimer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just another great read from Mortimer: though not on par with Wodehouse, he often has simply delightful turns of phrase: "but in the courtroom he has the confidence of a rather reclusive hare looking into the headlights of an oncoming car," or "she engaged in an extremely dangerous diet consisting of organic vegetation and ice water." He reminds me, in a way, of an almost Chestertonian figure: fat, jolly (usually), delights in food and alcohol, cigars and poetry, witty and could politely peel you like a banana in an argument. Highly recommended.

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