Suspense and Obscurity
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A melancholic but amusing portrait of life's disappointments and missed opportunities
A melancholic but amusing portrait of life's disappointments and missed opportunities. Journalist, Henry Troutbeck Pottinger is now an old man. He stands in the darkening garden of a vicarage by the sea and looks back on a life which seems to have passed as swiftly as Lord Byron's dormouse summer.
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The Summer of a Dormouse book. The Summer of a Dormouse' is a wickedly funny journal in which Mortimer wryly observes the absurdities of old age. After all, "No one should grow old who isn't ready to appear ridiculous". And Mortimer freely admits he often does.
The Summer of a Dormouse : A Year of Growing Old Disgracefully. This book made me smile very often, with its understated hilarity and reminiscences of adventures that would exhaust most men, never mind a man of 80 years
The Summer of a Dormouse : A Year of Growing Old Disgracefully. This book made me smile very often, with its understated hilarity and reminiscences of adventures that would exhaust most men, never mind a man of 80 years. Mortimer celebrates his good fortunes in art, in the law, and in love. We learn that women friends had dubbed him "the thinking woman's crumpet. I enjoyed this small book, but then I should confess to having read all the Rumpole stories many times. I see Mortimer as full of joy, self-effacing, and very wise at this time of his life. May he write much more.
The Summer of a Dormouse John Mortimer Viking £1. 9, pp212 . The real answer lies in this book.
In the place of timor mortis, Mortimer finds solace in saeva indignatio, the satirist's ancient consolation. New Labour comes in for a fair bit of his well-advertised stick. The Summer of a Dormouse is like a long picnic with a wise, old and delightful friend who knows that those clouds on the horizon will eventually rumble with thunder, and are approaching.
John Mortimer was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and Harrow School, where he joined the . The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998).
John Mortimer was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and Harrow School, where he joined the Communist Party, forming a one-member cell The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998). The Summer of a Dormouse: A Year of Growing Old Disgracefully (autobiography), Viking Penguin, London (2000); ISBN 0-670-89106-1; Viking Press, New York (2001); ISBN 0-670-89986-0.
With the Willie Brown Uni Band and accordionist Kevin Street. Director: Marilyn Imrie.
The summer of a dormouse. Another Part of Life. Mortimer begins with practical advice for his fellow screenwriters: Writing film scripts is like sending soldiers over the top in the First World War. Very few of them come back alive. From there it’s on to bigger and better things.
Mortimer starts the book with the "thundering voice of God": "From this day forth thou shalt not be able to put on thine own socks. Though he acquires a gadget called the Soxon, he finds it impossible to extract his foot from the mechanism. You have to applaud Mortimer's response when a doctor asks if he is now breathless when taking exercise: "I had to plead ignorance, as I have never taken exercise. Increasing decrepitude fails to hinder his progress around Tuscany, Morocco and on the Countryside Alliance march, where his wife gets Norman Tebbit to carry.
John Clifford Mortimer. Though he suffers from the afflictions with which his father contended-asthma, glaucoma-and has added some of his own, he continues to live with boundless energy, passion, and humor. While most people his age are in full retirement, Mortimer is still motoring through life-traveling to Edinburgh with a substitute wife, lunching with prisoners, and dealing with.
Suspense and Obscurity