Don't Point That Thing at Me: Charlie Mortdecai Series, Book 1 (Charlie Mortdecai #1)
A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don’t Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai, degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward.
With his thuggish manservant, the incomp...more
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Johnny Depp plays Mortdecai in the 2015 movie. I’ve not seen it, but most of the reviewers are torching it. Regardless, I will eventually watch it.”
Not only was Kyril Bonfiglioli a fan of PG Wodehouse, he flat out references Wodehouse through out Don't Point That Thing At Me. It's a level of sycophancy that I wasn't 100% comfortable with. But I guess if you're going to ape a writer's style, why not go full monty and let it all hang out? I mean, Bonfiglioli's writing style is sooo similar to Wodehouse's that it wasn't going to take the British public long to sniff it out, so hell, drop in ...more
Charles Mortdecai is an aristocratic art dealer who’s fallen in with a bad crowd. The police are after him for an alleged art thef ...more
Mortdecai is a fringe member of the minor British nobility in the early 1970s. He's a sometime s ...more
I could probably draw parallels with another rogueish gentleman t ...more
But amusing and intelligent writing deployed in service of an unpleasant and often incoherent plot is just wasted. By the close of the novel, I had only the slimmest idea of what had happened -- and the infuriating notion that I'd have to read the remaining books in the series to be anything like sur ...more
NO I have just finished this book after seeing the cover at a local thrift store and thinking that looks fun lets give it a go even though for some reason it sounds familiar. Well of course now I have finished it and researched the author (as I do) I realise that it was made in to a film called Mortdecai with Johnny Depp. How I over looked that one I do not know!
Anyway the book - I must admit ...more
I've just finished Kyril Bonfiglioli's dark debut novel, and I can't wait to read the sequel, After You with the ...more
Героите в „Мордекай” са съвременни, вече леко възрастни дендита, техните главорези и в краен случай - жени. Суетата, лицемерието и нечистите сделки вървят ръка за ръка, к ...more
The plot is a bit confusing (and I wonder if it's ...more
Pareceu-me que, ao partir de personagens e situações são comicamente disparatadas, o autor se colocou no enorme sarilho de tentar terminar o livro com alguma lucidez e credibilidade.
Com a aproximação do final, tanto personagem e linha de argumento se perdem e n ...more
Le prime briciole di questa sua avventura d'esordio parevano promettere un'avventura zeppa di ironia e assurdità, ma di quelle buone che al lettore fa piacere leggere. E soprattutto nelle quali anela gongolante ad immedesimarsi.
Ma, ahimè, stando al mio per ...more
Also, there's nothing redeeming about the main character. There's nothing wrong with having an anti-hero lead, or even a villain, but first-person narrative requires the reader to care at least a little bit about who is telling the story. Charlie Mortdecai is so unlikeable, and his 'I'm rich and drinking all the time' ...more
La trama è inutilmente ingarbugliata, complicata e difficile da seguire. Le situazioni raccontate sono improponibili. Sembra che l’autore si impegni al massimo con “effetti speciali” per tenere viva l’attenzione del lettore. Ma invano!
Come dice l’autore stesso: “The English, as Raymond Chandler has pointed out, may ...more
Charlie vive una vita al limite della legalità e spesso oltre, principalmente procura a clienti facoltosi opere d'arte famose e di valore immenso.
Durante una di queste sue missioni alla ricerca di un prezioso dipinto di Goya, il suo cliente muore lasciando Mortdecai alla mercé dei poliziotti e della polizia segreta.
Aiutato solo dall'inseparabile maggiordomo Jock, che più che un mag ...more
However, the novel isn't actually very good. It often lacks coherence and is not descriptive enough at points ...more
Given how singular and brilliant Wodehouse is, it's a risky move for an author to seek out a comparison. And Bonfigliol ...more
Začla jsem Mortdecaiovým záhadným případem s knírem a hned jsem musela pokračovat předchozími díly "série" o Ctihodném Charliem Mortdecaiovi.
Tenhle anglický humor je přesně pro mě! Skvělé repliky a vtípky mě dostávaly od první stránky až téměř do konce. Ten konec b ...more
Di positi ...more
Page 54: "I pushed my breakfast moodily round the plate for a while then told Jock to give it to the deserving poor and bring me in its stead a large glass of gin with both sorts of vermouth in it and some fizzy lemonade. A quick actor, that drink, gets you to where you live in no time."
If that doesn't make you want to read the book, then nothing else I might say would have any effect, so I won't bother.
Here's the drink. I haven't tried it for breakfast, but it's awfully fine in the late afterno ...more
He wrote four books featuring Charlie Mortdecai, three of which were published in his lifetime, and one posthumously as completed by the satirist Craig Brown. Charlie Mortdecai is the fictional art dealer anti-hero of the series. His character resembles, among other things, an amoral Bertie Wooster with occasional psychopathic tende ...more