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Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
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Feb 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, vintage-crime-and-pulp

Witty, sharp, and very well-written. Tey is less interested in writing a mystery novel than in using the conventions of the mystery novel to examine time, place, and character. And to throw out a few questions. How much do we really know about other people? Is it possible to read character on the face and in the body? And where are we to find first causes? The attempt to assign responsibility and to understand the causation of human behaviour is fruitless; in this story, Miss Pym is able to to trace back the cause of what happens to at least six different people, including herself. That complexity makes the very idea of justice a frightening illusion.
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Reading Progress

February 15, 2011 – Started Reading
February 15, 2011 – Shelved
February 15, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
February 16, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 15, 2011 – Shelved as: vintage-crime-and-pulp

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