Mortdecai

Mortdecai Don t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli Book of the Mortdecai Trilogy now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp Introducing the Hon Charlie Mortdecai art dealer aristocrat and ass

  • Title: Mortdecai
  • Author: Kyril Bonfiglioli
  • ISBN: 9780241972670
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • Don t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli Book 1 of the Mortdecai Trilogy, now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp Introducing the Hon Charlie Mortdecai, art dealer, aristocrat and assassin, in the first of the Mortdecai novels Portly art dealer and seasoned epicurean Charlie Mortdecai comes into possesion of a stolen Goya, the disappearance of which isDon t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli Book 1 of the Mortdecai Trilogy, now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp Introducing the Hon Charlie Mortdecai, art dealer, aristocrat and assassin, in the first of the Mortdecai novels Portly art dealer and seasoned epicurean Charlie Mortdecai comes into possesion of a stolen Goya, the disappearance of which is causing a diplomatic ruction between Spain and its allies Not that that matters to Charlie until compromising pictures of some British diplomats also come into his possession and start to muddy the waters All he s trying to do is make a dishonest living, but various governments, secret organizations and an unbelievably nubile young German don t see it that way and pretty soon he s in great need of his thuggish manservant Jock to keep them all at bay and the Goya safe First published in the 1970s, this hilarious novel is part Ian Fleming part P G Wodehouse It is now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp as Mortdecai, Ewan McGregor as Jock and Gwyneth Paltrow A rare mixture of wit and imaginative unpleasantness Julian Barnes You couldn t snuggle under the duvet with anything disreputable and delightful Stephen Fry The jokes are excellent, but the most horrible things keep happening Funny and chilling Sunday Telegraph Kyril Bonfiglioli was born on the south coast of England in 1928 of an English mother and Italo Slovene father After studying at Oxford and five years in the army, he took up a career as an art dealer, like his eccentric creation Charlie Mortdecai He lived in Oxford, Lancashire, Ireland and Jersey, where he died in 1985 He wrote four Charlie Mortdecai novels, and a fifth historical Mortdecai novel about a distinguished ancestor.

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    1. Kyril Bonfiglioli was variously an art dealer, editor, and writer.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 tendencies His books are still in print and have been translated into several different languages including Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese.Bonfiglioli s style and novel structure have often been favourably compared to that of P G Wodehouse Mortdecai and his manservant Jock Strapp bear a fun house mirror relation to Wodehouse s Wooster and Jeeves The author makes a nod to this comparison by having Mortdecai reference Wodehouse in the novels.

    2. ”Destroying the painting was out of the question: my soul is all stained and shagged with sin like a cigarette smoker’s moustache but I am quite incapable of destroying works of art. Steal them, yes, cheerfully, it is a mark of respect and love, but destroy them, never. Why even the Woosters had a code, as we are told on the highest authority.”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 [...]

    3. This is Jeeves & Wooster with a James Bond twist. 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 [...]

    4. Most authors make their stories work through plot, or characters, or sometimes both. Some make them work through sheer attitude. Sometimes this latter approach works fabulously (see Don Winslow, Chuck Palahniuk, and Josh Bazell), but it's easy to fall off this particular tightrope. For example: Don't Point That Thing At Me, author Bonfiglioli's first outing with his series character Charlie Mortdecai.Mortdecai is a fringe member of the minor British nobility in the early 1970s. He's a sometime s [...]

    5. Imagine a story told by Paul Whitehouse’s character Rowley Birkin QC - “Blahblahblahblahhorsesblahblahmuttermutterpaintjobrhubarbrhubarbblahblahofcourse… Iwasvery… very… drunk!” - except vastly more coherent so you can understand every word but so scattered that it may as well be muttered gibberish. That’s essentially what reading Don’t Point That Thing At Me is like.Charles Mortdecai is an aristocratic art dealer who’s fallen in with a bad crowd. The police are after him for a [...]

    6. I feel like there has to have been some kind of giant conspiracy for these great books to have been near forgotten after such a short period of time. The way Bonfiglioli writes doesn't really date itself, it's not only worthy literature but deliberately and delightfully farcical and a daring look at the seedy underbelly of a part of society that seems rarely acknowledged in British literature, that of the monied, educated classes. I could probably draw parallels with another rogueish gentleman t [...]

    7. There are about three categories of books I really love: ones where a fully realized world is offered to me by the book, ones where the power of the telling is powerful I am bowled over, and the third category is ones where I’m plunked down into the head of a lunatic and forced to endure a world fully through their viewpoint. This book belongs strongly to the latter, in the tradition of Nabokov, Celine Beckett, and John Hawkes, and is a relentless black comic farce. A kind of Wodehouse goes no [...]

    8. Quirky, fun, depressing, & strange, Charlie is a proper Englishman with a wonderful turn of phrase who is also an art thief, fence, & murderer. Imagine Jeeves gone terribly wrong & set into a noir mystery-thriller. Fantastic! Well read.

    9. There are times when I could slap myself (as compared to those times when others would sooner slap me?) 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 [...]

    10. I wanted SO BADLY to like this book -- the descriptions of it being a mix of Wodehouse and Fleming make it sound tailor made for me -- and I did think the writing itself was amusing and intelligent. 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 [...]

    11. Až zhruba po dvaceti stranách mi došlo, že to je ten film! A bavila jsem se snad ještě lépe! Spousta francouzštiny a snobismu, portrétů starých mistrů, no a také žen. A taky spousta cynismu, díky kterému je to celé skvost.

    12. A portly art dealer, chronic alcoholic, epicurean, sexist and someone with a fine sense of humor- meet Charlie Mortdecai. Sounds like a fun person doesn’t he ? Kind of a warm, fuzzy and yet eccentric old uncle in the family is the first image to spring into your mind but Mr.C is nobody’s uncle. He is the most uncouth rapscallion you will ever get to meet and needless to say, you won’t forget him so easily. The first in the series is a fantastic joy ride into the life and times of Charlie a [...]

    13. What starts off as a vaguely interesting plot involving a stolen painting quickly devolves into a boring disjointed narrative where it's difficult to follow any character's motives.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' [...]

    14. Don't Point that Thing at Me reads like nothing else. The closest approximation isn't in print: It's the televised Blackadder series, which has a similar misanthropic anti-hero who can't get a break. The hilarious misadventures of amoral, cowardly, selfish but brilliant Charles Mortdecai (get it? death and decay right in the name) is the antidote to any overly saccharine British cozy.I've just finished Kyril Bonfiglioli's dark debut novel, and I can't wait to read the sequel, After You with the [...]

    15. Какъв би бил съвременният прочит на „Портретът на Дориан Грей” по мордекайски? Художникът Базил липсва, лорд Хенри е умножен, а Дориан е вече позастарял. Хедонизмът пък е основно в бутилката уиски Бутилките. Картина, разбира се, има, разбира се, скрита е и е катастрофална, а [...]

    16. A very funny crime novel that is utterly different from most examples of the crime genre. It's an absurdist caper that reminds me a little of *The Chinese Agent* and *The Russian Intelligence*, Michael Moorcock's own forays into the same territory. There are also heavy debts to Firbank and Wodehouse in terms of sheer elegance. But the aura (stench?) of pure thuggishness in Bonfiglioli's writing overwhelms all the ultra-civilised props and effects.The plot is a bit confusing (and I wonder if it's [...]

    17. A presunção e pomposidade ofensiva deste cretino, C. Mortdecai, é hilariante. Observações corrosivas e descrições exageradas são enriquecidas com imensas referências literárias e culturais num livro cujo «único» problema é mesmo o enredo. 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 argu [...]

    18. Kniha ktorú jedenkrát čítať nestačí. Príbeh obyčajný, ale jazyk a humor je skvelý. Zábavná a ideálna kniha na cestu vlakom. Plž na hlohu sa usmieva od ucha k uchu.

    19. Boring. So-o-o boring.The excellent choice of words doesn't make up for such a messy plot. Next book, please

    20. The first half of the book was very good and I enjoyed it a lot, Mortdecai is really peculiar, and I have to admit that I never read a book in which the main character sells stolen masterpieces, I'll try to find more of them, and any advice is welcome! And I liked a lot Jock, too. It's not a kind of character that I usually enjoy, but I liked him a lot!And the writing was enjoyable, so I thought that all the reading would have been easy and enjoyable, but then came the half of the book and my in [...]

    21. I'm disappointed. Hoped for so much more but what I found was a story that makes very little sense because it's trying to be too damned clever, a central character that is very nearly unlikeable and an ending which is awful (although its not really an ending as I believe the next in the series picks up the story straightaway).It appeared to be the story of a stolen Goya, but veered into blackmail, murder, discourses on the mammaries of various women and a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (which receives [...]

    22. Somewhere in the trash he reads, Martland has read that heavy men walk with surprising lightness and grace; as a result he trips about like a portly elf hoping to be picked up by a leprechaun. In he pranced, all silent and catlike and absurd, buttocks swaying noiselessly. "Don't get up," he sneered, when he saw that I had no intention of doing so. "I'll help myself, shall I?" Ignoring the more inviting bottles on the drinks tray, he unerringly snared the great Rodney decanter from underneath and [...]

    23. L'ho lasciato a metà, con mio sommo dispiacere. Non ce l'ho fatta. Ho trovato questo libro spesso incomprensibile, l'ironia di Mortdecai insensata (almeno per me) e ho faticato molto a starci dietro. Per carità, non stiamo parlando di 500 pagine di malloppo, ma sinceramente preferisco di gran lunga vedermi l'omonimo film. Almeno scopro come è andata a finire la storia.

    24. Charlie Mortdecai si è presentato come un eccentrico uomo d'arte, truffatore raffinato, colto, brillante, padrone di uno squisito british humor. Il suo amico fidato, Jock, una sorta di rude suo angelo protettore, gli fa spesso da contraltare. 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 [...]

    25. Dopo un inizio promettente, con un personaggio eccentrico ed una narrazione al limite del non-senso, ho perso velocemente interesse – così tanto che, mentre leggevo, pensavo ad altro.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 p [...]

    26. I was lured into buying this book during a 5 minute dash into London's Daunt books. What lured me in was the recommendation by Stephen Fry on the cover. I will admit to feeling a little a bit cheated, as it's a very odd book indeed and I am very glad that I didn't buy any more of the series on impulse. I read it, but the main character is abhorrent, the plot labyrinthine and impenetrable (and possibly in the end superfluous) and tho' it looks like he dies in the end, apparently he doesn't, as th [...]

    27. It's if PG Wodehouse wrote a thriller. Kyril Bonfiglioli was an extremely talented writer and this book I didn't want to end. Why couldn't it go for another two or three hundred pages. I love the character, and it sort of reminds me of the Alex James memoir. Very charming, lots of drinking, takes life not seriously at all - just what I like in my literature and in my life. Fantastic book to have by your side at all times.

    28. An enjoyable with only a few small flaws the main being the drive threw the american west and the diner stopovers, although I have always found this tedious in any book. Once I get through the second book my star rating may change because the book gave a lot pleasure with the unhinged storyline. Looking forward to the second book of the excellent anti-Wooster and Jock.

    29. The protagonist, Mortdecai, is a bit of an arse to be honest. But a pleasant enough little ditty (that took me a surprisingly long time to read for such a short book).

    30. It seems that Kyril Bonfiglioli, English-born and of Italian and Slovenian descent, drew on his leading character, Charlie Mortdecai, from the muddle of his own alcoholic and trauma-laden life. The son of a drunken Baron and made motherless by the Blitz, his world was a blur of booze, debt, tragedy and failed marriages, with time for a little bit of writing on the side. His half-hearted introductory insistence he that “This is not an autobiographical novel: it is about some other portly, disso [...]

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