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The BBC mini series is great, and includes a few scenes with Feodor Chaliapin Jr. as the old Prince, Tosti. It is not possible for me to convey his utterly wonderfully demented delivery of the spider speech, but here it is as it appears in the book:
'I was staying with Andrew Spratling at Porto Ercole,' the Prince piped up in a small, precise voice as though ...more
I can relate to the main character in some ways, so it was fun to read.
I have no idea why you would like this book. It's all about a holiday, a bit of gossip and other boring stuff.
So, here I am about to make use of this tool to avert future wasteful rereading of not-favorite books.
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BORING. A complete waste of time.
There's a fair amount of satire of the English expats of "Chianti-shire" (Tuscany), as well as of the locals, though some characters of each group came off as quite likable and sympathetic. The action moved so fast that it felt as though the family was there a lot longer than three weeks!
This was made into a movie in the 1980's starring John Gielgud as the grandpa in the story!! You can rent it from Netflix. :)
I love Mortimer's witty style! In this book, part social comedy, and part mystery, Molly, the central character, "drags her amiably bickering family" to Tuscany. In the process, Molly unravels a mystery surrounding the ex-pat community there.Highly recommended!
John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.