This is hard for me to rate. Much as I love the book the rating here is brought down by the audio book. Narrator is not terrific, nor is the sound quaThis is hard for me to rate. Much as I love the book the rating here is brought down by the audio book. Narrator is not terrific, nor is the sound quality. I also wonder if it was abridged. I read the paperback a couple of years ago and just loved it, as I also love the movie. But there were lines I thought I loved in the book that I don't recall hearing.
Good noir book but not read by a noir reader. Read very blandly.
This is only about the second audio book I've read where the narrator detracted from the story.
This was at least my second reading, if not my third or fourth. And I've seen the movie innumerable times (especially since I have the dvd). And, yet,This was at least my second reading, if not my third or fourth. And I've seen the movie innumerable times (especially since I have the dvd). And, yet, on every reading I wonder if I am misremembering. Agatha Christie has that effect on me. I always think, that can't be the way it was.
I am assuming that "white horses on the sea" is the same as "white caps". In every Christie book there is always some turn of phrase that leaves me momentarily puzzled....more
Sometimes listening to a book on cd can flush things out of a book. Others it can keep things hidden. I had certain problems with the reader. I've nevSometimes listening to a book on cd can flush things out of a book. Others it can keep things hidden. I had certain problems with the reader. I've never heard any books read by Richard Brown before. I tried Googling Richard Brown and even Wikipedia left me hanging. At first it sounded as though he was dropping words. I wondered if he was using a Brighton accent but apparently they don't have too much of an accent that is different. Then he began to sound like a voice from Wallace and Gromit.
Needless to say, the reader was a distraction. I think I was 3 discs in before I could just listen to the story.mi did get caught up in it. But I think I lost a lot of it in translation. I look forward to actually picking up the book and having a good old fashioned read.
Pinky is trying his best to be a gangster but I think he is probably too paranoid. He is seen killing one cohort and has to kill again to cover that up. The only way he can see to keep a woman from talking is to marry her, but even then he doesn't trust her and thinks he will have to kill her. Actually he thinks that he will have to kill a whole mob of people before he gets done. All of this just to cover up the first killing.
Not sure whether I liked Rose, Pinky's betrothed, or whether she had any idea as to what she was letting herself in for.
I did kind of like Ida, Pinky's Nemesis. I'm not sure if she was described as a frowzy blonde or I just saw her that way. In the movies she was played by Hermione Baddely and Helen Mirren. But I saw her as someone Gladys George would have played. She just had the misfortune to have been out with one of the early victims and knew something was wrong. When we first meet Ida she is hanging out in a bar (or is it Lady's Bar?) trying to get a handout or for someone to buy her a drink. This tells us a lot about Ida. But she is decent enough to know that Pinky shouldn't be allowed to get away with it. And she hounds him and his crew. And definitely can't let go when she finds out about Rose.
I found this book, like some of Greene's other work, to be very Catholic. Both Rose and Pinky are Catholics, one a little more lapsed than the other. I understand he was a convert and that explains some of it. There also seemed to be a catholic theme running throughout.
I look forward to picking up the book and finding out the whole story. ...more
Churchwell's book takes its title from one of The Great Gatsby's Nick Carraway's lines when he referred to his cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom★★★ 1\2.
Churchwell's book takes its title from one of The Great Gatsby's Nick Carraway's lines when he referred to his cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom Buchanan, as "careless people". They blithely sail through life, causing disaster right and left and leaving others to pick up the pieces. She alternates discussions about the book Gatsby, the Fitzgeralds, and a popular murder case of 1922, the Hall-Mills murders - a rector and his married lady friend having a lover's tryst. This was apparently a great scandal at the time. Took up a lot of space in the papers.
We meet Fitzgerald's circle, most of whom are drinking just as much as he is. I suppose prohibition had that effect on people. A lot of myths about the '20s are dispelled.
So much minutiae, much of which made its way into Gatsby.
1922 was a banner year for literature - Ulysses, The Waste Land, an important collection of poetry from Wallace Stevens. ...more
I ddn't read very much of this. Very Southern in its descriptions, vrry flowery. Then I did some flipping through the book. Noticed conversations amonI ddn't read very much of this. Very Southern in its descriptions, vrry flowery. Then I did some flipping through the book. Noticed conversations among characters that didn't read rihht. Like two people carrying on two different conversations. Very disjointed....more
For most of the book I was wondering if I was reading the same book as everybody else. Didn't find it all that poetic. II think this is really 2 1/2★.
For most of the book I was wondering if I was reading the same book as everybody else. Didn't find it all that poetic. I did think it did a good job in talking about shell shock (now weccall it PTSD). Each war they come up with a new name for it. I was reading somewhere the other day that in the Civil War they called it "heartbreak" or some such thing. Someone opined that if Carr had written it as a result of WWII he'd have had a harder time explaining it. I don't know. I know of a fellow who, for at least 20 years after the war (and maybe still today), he would wake up screaming. I had a slight dose of it after a car accident and so have some smattering of knowledge of waking up abruptly after yet another dreadful night.
The vast majority of this book dragged for me until they went organ shopping and went for the sunday school picnic. It is only in the scetion about thebpicnic that he shows us the countryside in summer.
Still not sure I understand about the White Horse. Only one I know about is a town in the Yukon. Or a whiskey.
Then there was a lot of talk about going to Ripon but I knew they weren't going to Wisconsin....more
Isn't it nice for families to be reminded why they only get together once a year? In my family it was always just bickThis was a multiple read for me.
Isn't it nice for families to be reminded why they only get together once a year? In my family it was always just bicker, bicker, bicker. How lucky we were not to have a murder! Although there were temptations. But we wouldn't have had as many suspects. [My family isn't really all that bad, as long as we stay away from certain subjects.]
There are more characters in here than in the production shown on PBS. I'm sitting here going, "Who is Stephen Farr?" Well, I found out who it is.
For a little bit there I was wondering (despite having read it before) if they had a different killer in the book than on the TV show. You never know with Christie.