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Felix in the Underworld
Felix in the Underworld
Author: John Mortimer
Once dubbed the "Chekhov of Coldsands-on-Sea," Felix Morsom has made a decent living writing sensitive, well-received novels of middle-class life in a seaside town. Though he was once a bestselling author short-listed for the Booker Prize, his life is now rather ordinary. Separated after a childless marriage, Felix's only excitement is Brenda Bo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780140274967
ISBN-10: 0140274960
Publication Date: 10/1/1998
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Despite the popularity of "Rumpole of the Bailey" on British TV a number of years ago, I am surprised that I have not until now ready anything by John Mortimer. I think I might have to look up more by Mortimer, since I really enjoyed this book.

It's a whodunnit but also a gentle satire poking fun at the publishing industry. Felix Moresom, although once a Booker prize nominated author, is now only enjoying moderate success, and his life has become very ordinary. After being hit with a paternity suit, Felix finds himself in a far from ordinary situation; in fact it gets progressively worse. Even so, and despite the surrounding madness, Felix handles himself with grace, and manages to prove that "nice guys" can win in the end.

Although I guessed the "twist" quite early on, it didn't spoil the story for me. I finished this feeling very uplifted. This was a New York Times Notable Book.
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