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Charade by John Mortimer
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Jul 01, 13

bookshelves: humor, read-in-2013
Read in June, 2013

"It's June1944 in an English seaside resort and ashy young man has just joined an army film unit making a documentary about army training.

"While the crew are shooting a cliff-scaling exercise, arope snaps and a sergeant plunges to his death. Was it an accident or murder? Why is our inexperienced hero so convinced it was no accident?

"Like the bestselling Paradise Postponed, Charade is tremendous entertainment brought to life through a cast of gloriously eccentric and unforgettable characters."

I think I'm going to swear off John Mortimer. His books never make much sense to me, his characters are all daft, and none of them seem to act out of any sort of rational engagement with the world.

There were a couple of lovely bits in the book:
"a half-slice of moon"
"the domes and minarets of the glass bottles on her dressing table"

but all in all, I found it convoluted and impenetrable.

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07/01/2013 marked as: read

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