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A Rumpole Christmas: Stories (2009)

by John Mortimer(Favorite Author)
3.87 of 5 Votes: 3
0670021350 (ISBN13: 9780670021352)
Viking Adult
review 1: This is light British comedy not at its best. But it's charming and comfy like a worn pair of slippers, with the predictable Rumpole and his not quite predictable wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed. Like many older couples they rub along with little fuss and bother. She does rather surprise him in one story by returning from a promised Christmas engagement with a school friend before her time. He is pleased thinking she might have missed him, but is philosophic about her real reason for returning early: the school friend's projected Christmas dinner of carrots (raw) and nuts, washed down by water. And he goes meekly along with several of her holiday getaway schemes. I've enjoyed the other Rumpole stories more, but these were mildly pleasant and good for picking up the spirits o... moren a gloomy day.
review 2: Who doesn't love a tour of the British legal system with Horace Rumpole? These five stories all take place around the Christmas holidays which is never a good time of year for the Rumpoles. They exchange the same gifts each year--he gets a tie and Hilda (She Who Must Be Obeyed) gets lavender water which she sets aside for later, they eat a dinner from the supermarket, and listen to the Queen's Christmas speech. In these stories, the Rumpoles travel to a variety of locations for the holidays, where, luckily, the crooks didn't take any time off. A very enjoyable collection of stories made all the more special because of the author's death earlier this year. less
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Rumpole at Christmas. Short stories, the usual. I simply glad to have these stories.
A few short stories. All a waste of time to read.
Very cute. An extremely light read.
Really liked this Christmas read!!
Good ole Rumpole!!!
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