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The Summer of a Dormouse Audio Cassette – Unabridged, 2 August 2001
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- Publisher : Penguin; Abridged edition (2 August 2001)
- Language : English
- Audio Cassette : 2 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141803401
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141803401
- Dimensions : 10.9 x 1.7 x 14.1 cm
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Nor is the author excused from such wifely strictures, from his own wife Penelope (his second ... both called Penelope) but she was a real care-giver and he admits he needed both her concern and discipline. He was well aware of himself, remarking that he sometimes "looked" at himself and wondered "whatever will I do next"? Well, the answer was pretty much everything he enjoyed ... plays, charitable works, political agitation, travel, films and many, many books. And at 62 a new daughter to "counteract my tendency to pomposity". One day she told him she no longer loved him, "That is sad" said her father. "Sad, yes, but very interesting" was the child's reply, with all the feminine wisdom of three years!
Opening this part (Three) of his biography with a quote from Byron "When one subtracts from life infancy (being a vegetable), sleeping, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning - how much remains of existence? The summer of a dormouse." Mortimer adopted this not only as his title but, when he was Knighted in 1996, as the animal on his coat of arms, and words on the banner ... suitability put into Latin of course. He does not mention if he also chose to become Lord Dormouse.
John's father's last words to him - and he admits he knows not if they were long-rehearsed or of spontaneous wit - were "I am always cross when I am dying." I do wish I could remember to say that! You get the impression from the wonderful witty writing in the book - from, of course, the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey - that he too would have been very cross when his time came in 2009, perhaps he chose one line from one of his favorite poets, the Scots makar, Friar William Dunbar "timor mortis conturbat me"?
A downright charming book.