Tuesday, June 11, 2013

John Mortimer. Character Parts (1984)

    John  Mortimer. Character Parts (1984) A collection of interviews done for The Sunday Times. Mortimer tells the story of the interview, describing his subject’s appearance and reactions as well as their answers to his questions. The general format is the same: parentage, early life, influences, successes, and so on, and a few questions relating to whatever makes the subject newsworthy. The result is that I feel I know the characters more intimately than a mere question and answer format would permit. Most of the interviews were done in the 80s during Thatcher’s interregnum, which now seems more than a generation ago. Fun to read, and thought-provoking. *** (2005)

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