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Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen
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Jun 17, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 06 to 17, 2012

Fans of the Coen brothers' films will surely find something to like in this short story collection. "Hector Berlioz, Private Eye" is a send-up of the noir genre starring the famous classical composer. Coen nails the tough guy 30's lingo. Google for a picture of Berlioz, play a bit of Symphonie Fantastique, imagine a dame with a thing for redheads falling all over him. This and several other stories read like film scripts, with the action taking place "off-camera" to hilarious effect. Particularly enjoyed "Gates of Eden" About an overly aggressive agent for the California Bureau of Weights & Measures.

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