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  • Title: Clinging to the Wreckage
  • Author: John Mortimer
  • ISBN: 9780140068603
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this spirited memoir John Mortimer, an esteemed barrister as well as novelist, playwright, and journalist, relates all the paradoxes and pleasures of his double life.With wit and style, Mr Mortimer takes you from his unusual childhood his father, a blind barrister, insisted that his wife read the sordid details of his divorce briefs in public to the dilemmas of his lIn this spirited memoir John Mortimer, an esteemed barrister as well as novelist, playwright, and journalist, relates all the paradoxes and pleasures of his double life.With wit and style, Mr Mortimer takes you from his unusual childhood his father, a blind barrister, insisted that his wife read the sordid details of his divorce briefs in public to the dilemmas of his life as a barrister one of his clients indignantly declared, Your Mr Rumpole could have gotten me out of this, why the hell can t you.Filled with laughter and a sense of the absurd Clinging to the Wreckage makes it clear why John Mortimer has been called Noel Coward, P G Wodehouse, and Evelyn Waugh rolled into one.
    Clinging to the Wreckage In this spirited memoir John Mortimer an esteemed barrister as well as novelist playwright and journalist relates all the paradoxes and pleasures of his double life With wit and style Mr Mortimer

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    1. Like most people, I came to know John Mortimer s works through his Rumpole series the books, not the TV series I came to appreciate his comic genius, his profoundly humanistic and unsanctimonious attitude to life, and was intrigued by the title of this slim autobiographical volume.Mortimer tells of his lonely but privileged childhood, his domineering, odd, and immensely influential father, his awkward relationship with his mother, and his gradual, late development into a grown up.We are treated [...]

    2. I picked this book up in the library on a whim, informed by vague memories of Rumpole Of The Bailey on the television as a kid I m very glad I did It s very readable, honest, amusing and original In this volume he writes of his solitary childhood, his remote parents his father was an unconventional barrister father, whose blindness must never be mentioned , battling earwigs in the mutinous garden, and a vague and endlessly patient mother It s a great example of simple economical writing rather t [...]

    3. John Mortimer the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey books which later were broadcast as a TV series has had a most interesting life His autobiography is full and honest He came from a privileged background and his father, also a solicitor, played a large part in his life Brought up in the 1920 s and 1930 s, and transiting through major social changes allowed the author to experiment with writing plays for the radio and theatre, scripts for films, and later his work as a divorce lawyer Many humoro [...]

    4. I managed to find, buy and read Clinging to the wreckage at last My favourite book for the present and my favourite autobiography probably for ever John Mortimer is Rumpole I bet he called judges oldsweethearts and dropped ash on his waistcoat and quoted Wordsworth in the loo too Apart from his usual characteristic wit and writing style which he brings with him here also, Mortimer is the one person who has managed to walk the tightrope of revealing interesting details about his life without soun [...]

    5. Well, I love JM Because he created Rumpole, my solid companion through thick and thin I do also like his daughter Emily So, I am sad he has passed on, but glad I can re read all these books He tells a very entertaining and honest well, not completely, there was that other son history of his life in post war Britain which gives insights into British culture and his generation He writes in marvelous, evocative language at times at went back a long way into my life, to days when a punt seemed the h [...]

    6. Mortimer, the author of Rumpole at the Bailey, writes a memoir that is entertaining and beautifully written Incidents in his life are stranger than fiction Clearly Rumpole is based on real life Near the end of the memoir, Mortimer gives his view of God he is an atheist and how he came to atheism and an interesting discussion on freedom of the press as a lawyer he defended sexual books from censors He also includes interesting discussions of how a defense attorney can defend a criminal, and the i [...]

    7. Some of his sentences can be convoluted but they are bright and insightful He made me laugh He made me cry I keep going back to revel in the construction of his stories, his delivery, his impact.

    8. I enjoyed it I probably would have enjoyed it even if I d read this one rather than listened to the audiobook The narrator s old british portrayal was a bit distracting at times However, Mortimer s unlikely combination of writer and barrister was entertaining At the end of the book the combined experiences culminated into quite an interesting outlook on life Everything pulled together well for me and I also extracted a few great quotes from his story.Mortimer Quotes Alexander Hurtsen as saying, [...]

    9. As Mortimer describes his life at home with his blind barrister father, a man who comes across as domineering and, in a way that perhaps only the infirm can achieve, horribly selfish, and his quiet, patient mother, who served him in so many ways, perhaps sacrificing herself for the sake of her son, he recounts episodes from the different periods of his life Harrow and Oxford, the bar, and the theatre as well as his first marriage He does so with great bemusement and detachment, the lucid indiffe [...]

    10. Great, wide roaming, touching, amusing autobiography by the writer of Rumpole of the Bailey and divorce advocate, nay Freedom of Speech activist Never realised he bumbled around so many of the great and the good taking over from Laurie Lee to scribble WWII propoganda flicks, for example A richly lead life means the gold nugget anecdotes come pretty thick and fast a studio that turns into a fruit wholesaler in the time it takes him to write a film precise springs to mind There s a lot of self exa [...]

    11. Informed by vague memories of Rumpole I picked up this autobiography while on holiday In many ways this was a promising environment for such a memoir as the book is essentially a patchwork of anecdotes and thus easy to dip into to Also coming from a place of knowing nothing about John Mortimer I certainly warmed to him while reading of his trials and tribulations That said I wouldn t describe this as a knock out read at all it s interesting and very clearly written, witty and entertaining, but f [...]

    12. Having just finished Mortimer s other biography, Murderers and Other Friends, Another Part of Life, I found this one very much the same short little stories about specific experiences and people in his life While the experiences and people in this book are not the same as those described in the other book, it seemed like they were I just couldn t get started with it and gave up after only 30 or 40 pages.

    13. 07 Feb 2013 Upgraded paperback 17th reprint 1987 of first Penguin edition 1983, to this 1982 hardback Weidenfeld Nicolson first editionEarlier review of Penguin ppbk A very entertaining read, beautifully written, even if it doesn t quite match up to the hyperbole of the reviews on the back cover Reading time well spent.

    14. Autobiography Clever and funny but like much urbane prose, emotionally unsatisfying Recommended by Doug Smith.

    15. The blurb on the book s cover raises one s expectations Although an interesting and humourous read, I didn t feel the book matched the hyperbole, and was left feeling a little bit disappointed.

    16. He was so lazy that when a friend said to him, Turn around The prettiest woman I ve ever seen has just come into the room , he answered, without moving, Describe her to me.

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