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His name, which reflects his English, Italian and Slovene descent, was revised to Kyril Bonfiglioli. He claimed to be loved and respected by all who knew him. Kyril Bonfiglioli was variously an art dealer, editor, and wrote four books featuring Charlie Mortdecai, three of which were published in his. Kyril Bonfiglioli (–). Writer. + Add or change photo on IMDbPro». Contribute to IMDb. Add a bio, trivia, and more. Update information for Kyril Bonfiglioli.

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The series is raffish, dark, melancholy, unabashedly nostalgic, clever, brash. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Proposte per i Gruppi di Lettura di: Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars.

There’s a very informative piece about Bonfiglioli and the novels on The New Yorker site. They feature Johnny Depp and a battalion of costars extravagantly mustachioed and looking wacky. It also explains how his last years were far from happy, and how he died, aged 59, from cirrhosis of the liver.

The dry satire and black humour of the books were favourably reviewed by The New Yorker and others. I mean we’re going to push him out of a window. Cherie’s “It’s dead, Jim. The spelling is the same, of course, but it was still hard to believe—these lighthearted posters just bear so little resemblance to the tone of the books, and the preview roams even further. The books are still in print and have been translated into several languages.

The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery 3. Topics Mentioning This Author. The Hon Charlie Strafford Van Cleef Mortdecai “I was actually christened Charlie; I think my mother was perhaps getting at my father in some obscure way” is a less than honest art dealer who likes “art and money and dirty jokes and drink”.


Bonfiglioli wrote four books featuring Charlie Mortdecai, three of which were published in his lifetime, and one posthumously as completed by the satirist and literary mimic Craig Brown.

Kyril Bonfiglioli (Author of Don’t Point that Thing at Me)

Mortdecai got his Hon title, by the way, not for outstanding services to the crown, but because he was the second son of a baron who was awarded “his barony ostensibly for giving the nation a third of a million pounds’ worth of good but unsaleable art, but actually for forgetting something embarrassing he knew about someone.

It is not a good place for sex: The cover certainly suggests the character of Mortdecai, slipping away before you can catch him. It is also execellently suited to reading, sleeping and listening to canaries. Discover new books on Goodreads. Kyril Bonfiglioli Editor. And I found the book—with its caustic, rape-centric plot—ugly. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

You probably know the feeling if you are over eighteen. The Life of a Boo The books came bonfigioli in the seventies and have a particular sort of flinty, urbane nastiness to them: All the Tea in China 3.

Johnny Depp in a poster for Mortdecai. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Charlie Mortdecai 6 books by Kyril Bonfiglioli. After his divorce from his second wife he lived in Silverdale in Lancashirethen Jersey and Ireland. Don’t Point that Thing at Me 3. Mortdecai and his manservant Jock Strapp bear a fun-house mirror relation to Wodehouse’s Wooster and Jeeves. There’s plenty of violence involved, so he needs the support of his manservant, the expert cook there’s a lot about food in the books and ex-con Jock, whom he describes as “a sort of anti-Jeeves: Refresh and try again.

Charlie Mortdecai series 4 Book Series it was amazing 5. He died in Jersey of cirrhosis of the liver inhaving had five children.


Kyril Bonfiglioli

Series by Kyril Bonfiglioli. And a big part of the problem is surely that I started the series out of sequence. The movie, one imagines, will take away everything that people love in the books and leave only what the author was lampooning. Mortdecai, being a minor sort of crook, tries to detect but is more often detected, but I’ve included him here because of the sheer exuberance and comic appeal which make the books so entertaining to read.

This was partly why he wrote four books featuring Charlie Mortdecai: It has been said that Mortdecai resembles a depraved Bonfiglioll Wooster – certainly things keep happening to him over which he has no control.

Bonfiglioli’s style and narrative technique have been favourably compared to those of P. After leaving school at 16, Bonfiglioli spent 5 years in the army before being admitted as a widower with two small children to Balliol College, Oxford, where he read English, after which he set up as bonfiglioil art dealer in Oxford and claimed to be “loved and respected by all who knew him slightly”.

Kyril Bonfiglioli

It is the outrageous and snobbish Mortdecai “a nice, rich, cowardly fun-loving art dealer who dabbles in crime to take his mind off his haemorrhoids” who himself tells the stories. I don’t understand it myself because my mind is pure”.

He described himself as “an accomplished fencer, a fair shot with most weapons and a serial marrier of bonfiylioli women Ottobre – Novembre – Dicembre His character resembles, among other things, an amoral Bertie Wooster with occasional psychopathic tendencies.