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Dear Lupin: Letters to a Wayward Son
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Dear Lupin: Letters to a Wayward Son [Format Kindle]

Roger Mortimer , Charlie Mortimer
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"Among the funniest [letters] ever dispatched in the vain hope of steering a black sheep onto something like the straight and narrow." —The Wall Street Journal

Nostalgic, witty, and original, Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer tracks the entire correspondence between a father and his only son.  When the book begins, Charlie, the son, is studying at Eton, although the studying itself is not a priority, much to his father's chagrin. After Charlie graduates and moves from South America to Africa and eventually back to London, Roger continues to write regularly, offering advice (which is rarely heeded) as well as humorous updates from home ("Your mother has had the flu. Her little plan to give up spirits for Lent lasted three and a half days"). Roger's letters range from reproachful  ("You may think it mildly amusing to be caught poaching in the park; I would consider it more hilarious if you were not living on the knife edge") to resigned ("I am very fond of you, but you do drive me round the bend"), but his correspondence is always filled with warmth, humor, and wisdom that offers unique insight into the relationship between father and son.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 dear lupin 25 mai 2013
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5 étoiles pour ce livre tendre et extrêmement drôle, l'humeur anglais dans toute sa splendeur
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a lovely Dad 21 mars 2013
Par janet leigh - Publié sur
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Absolutely marvellous. A cross between PG Wodehouse and the obituaries of colourful military men. The novel is epistolary - letters from Roger Mortimer to his son Charles. Charles is a reprobate , but the affection his father has for him, his tolerance, his irony, his humour and his love are palpable. It is just so funny, and Roger is a lovely man.
it also gives us an inkling of upper middle class society in the 50's.
I am going to recommend it to all my friends. i loved it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 cracked heads 6 mars 2013
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lordy lord, would that americans would be infected by the plague of common sense, wit, flippancy and directness of the most lovely and mad of isles, England. This book proves, rather conclusively, that the world would be more pleasant if the baby boomers had listened to and obeyed their parents. huzzah for the WW2 generation with its silence, smoking, drinking and general carrying on. no hugs just get on with.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An exasperated father 27 janvier 2013
Par Sela Still - Publié sur
Roger Mortimer's letters to his son, Charlie, written over a period of twenty five years, are full of gems such as "In those happy days we had a chauffeur called Percy Samuel Woods who committed suicide by lying face downwards in a large puddle. Talk about doing things the hard way!" or "Unfortunately I am rapidly becoming senile and my general health is deteriorating rather fast. Old age is full of surprises, most of them unpleasant, and is rather like being punished for a crime one has never committed".

Always supportive, even when disapproving of his wild child, Roger Mortimer's intelligence, literacy and profound love for his son shine out from this delightful collection of letters.

This would make a wonderful present for anyone with an interest in family relationships, a sense of humour or a soft spot for the Pooter family.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 enjoyable 4 septembre 2013
Par P. Cheslaw - Publié sur
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Enjoyable and recommended. A reflection on an English characters relationship to the world and too his son. Very entertaining. Try it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Amusing and Entertaining 8 juillet 2013
Par Lance Mitchell - Publié sur
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I read the majority of this book on flights back and forth across the Atlantic, and it proved to be perfect entertainment. I tried to watch the in-flight movies, but this Dear Lupin was much more satisfactory as a source of enjoyable amusement. I was still able to listen to the jazz channel in the background.

As the description says, this is a book of letters from a father to his son. The father despairs for the destiny, or lack of it, of his wayward son. It is unlikely that any of his advice will ever sink in. Nevertheless, he perseveres, and gives it anyway. The interspersion of comments from the recipient make it even clearer that the paternal advice will never have a positive effect.

Lupin believes that his family are middle class, but they are definitely towards the upper end of middle class, straying into upper class. The circles in which they mix are certainly in the upper echelons of English society.

What made this book even more interesting for me was that I have lived, on and off, in the area of most of the events for the past 35 years, so I know all of the places very well.

Without spoiling the read for you, I conclude this review with some amusing tidbits that I highlighted on my way through. I hope that they tempt you into reading the whole book.

(A comment from the son which is tacked to a letter that he received when he was in hospital)
- My mother (sometimes known as the Bureau of Misinformation) is desperately worried and following my liver biopsy calls a distant cousin who is a doctor for advice: `I'm most frightfully worried about my son Charles, they've just done an autopsy on him.'

- For some reason or other I got on the wrong train at Waterloo but luckily I quite like Bournemouth.

- `How eager for fame a man must be, to write up his name in a W.C.'

- Mrs Cameron stayed on Thursday night: she and your mother talked incessantly; neither listened to a word the other said which was sensible as neither was saying anything really worth listening to.

- Yesterday I met an old buffer in Newbury who had been at the Gaselee's party. He tried out a new hearing aid there, switched it on to a maximum volume and has been stone deaf ever since.

- My father's account of the middle-class existence of a long-suffering, elderly gentleman in Berkshire, together with his self-deprecating humour, continues to prove to be a big hit in Africa.

- Your mother was hoping to have her first day's cubbing last Friday but it was cancelled as the head groom at the Old Berks stables had peppered a female employee with a humane killer and then blown his own head off. He had worked there for twenty-five years and the girl, whom Nidnod knew well, is thirty years younger than he was! It's odd the way demon sex keeps on obtruding into fox-hunting!
(Nidnod is the family nickname for Lupin's mother)

- John's successor at Ascot is Piers Bengough, a tough but agreeable South African Jew whose sister Mrs Quarry lived near the Thistlethwaytes at Eversley. I hope he will follow the example of Bernard Norfolk and John A. by letting us use the Ascot Authority stand through out the year.
(My (reviewer's) mother-in-law was housekeeper to the Bengough family)

- 1st lady: My dog did very well. He got a first, a second and was Highly Commended.
2nd lady: Mine did all right too. He had a fight, a f*** and was highly delighted.

- Also dead was my former commanding officer General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones, whom we called Winchester-Smith.
(You have to understand English geography to get this one!)

- Once a judge observed to him, `Mr Smith, you are being extremely offensive,' to which Smith saucily replied: `As a matter of fact we both are. The difference is that I'm trying to be and you can't help it.'

- Two definitions of a Gentleman:
1. He has all the qualities of a saint bar saintliness (Hugh Kingsmill).
2. He always gets out of the bath to do a pee (Anon).

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