Now, while Ranjit Bolt’s book of limericks is strictly speaking not about the theatre, the author is a distinguished playwright and translator of plays and the book is endorsed by two eminent thesps, Simon Callow and Stephen Fry. Not to mention that because we are now in the festive season, the book will make an ideal stocking filler.
Mr Bolt’s 50-odd verses trip easily off the tongue in a way that Simon Callow describes as “outrageously gratifying”. Limericks are deceptively simple, rather like Japanese Haiku, but a lot funnier. We learn all about a miserable fellow named Durdle, a boy with a big blue balloon and lots of others besides.
I won’t say there are hours of fun in this tome because you can probably read it cover from cover in twenty minutes. But some of the limericks you will want to ponder over, trying to discover hidden depths and meaning and some you will surely want to learn and recite at exclusive dinner parties. Good, undemanding fun.
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