Goldfish by Raymond Chandler

bookshelves: los-angeles, north-americas, noir, under-100-ratings, mystery-thriller, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, published-1950, seattle

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from May 22 to June 04, 2014



Description: The Leander pearls were stolen nineteen years ago. The thief was caught, but the pearls were never found, and there is still a $25,000 reward for anyone who finds them.

Episode 1/3: LA-based PI Carmady sets out to retrieve the valuable Leander pearls, stolen 15 years earlier. Read by Henry Goodman.

Episode 2/3: PI Carmady approaches the jittery Rush Madder about the stolen pearls, but gets in over his head.

Episode 3/3: LA detective PI Carmady is out in Westport hunting the stolen Leander pearls, but who is on his trail?

Goldfish by Raymond Chandler Short Story in “Trouble is My Business”

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gazdanov

bookshelves: books-with-a-passport, published-1950, slavic, translation, books-about-books-and-book-shops, under-500-ratings, philosophy, giftee, hardback, paper-read, spring-2014

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Don
Read from April 24 to May 06, 2014

to look into/hunt down Book with a passport coming from ·Karen·
HUZZAH! Thanks oh kind one.

1950 Hardcover with a Bookbarn Books, Glastonbury and Wells sticker inside the front cover. Translated from the Russian by Nicholas Wreden.

Description: On a searing hot day in 1919, a young Russian soldier shoots another in self-defence. As the other man lies dying, the young soldier takes his horse and rides away. Years later, as a grown man in Paris whose life is still haunted by the murder he committed all that time ago, he comes across a story by a writer calling himself “Alexander Wolf”, which recounts in astonishing detail the events of that day in 1919 from the dying victim’s point of view. As he attempts to find the elusive writer, the narrator becomes involved in a series of strange encounters that lead him to question life, death and his own identity.

Opening: Among all my recollections, among all the numberless sensations of my life, the memory of the lone murder I had committed weighed heaviest on my mind. From that moment on, I cannot remember a day which I have not regretted it.

A novella-sized novel about fate and pre-destination where I, in turn, was gripped, intrigued, bored, lost, then I guessed the twist in the lemon yet wanted to see how it would play out. Thoughout, there was this tweaky thing going on that never really turned into magical-realism but we were kept hovering over that threshold, and the main point of this story is that even if fate lets you off the hook of fate for a time, it will all play out as intended in the end. Personally, that philosophy on life doesn’t register, however it does make for a good story.

Gazdanov seems to me to be an emulator of Nabokov and/or Ouspensky, so if you like their goods you may well enjoy this.

BIG thanks to ·Karen· for posting this on to me, and the packet came with stamps on rather than boring franking marks, one of which was Rahel Hirsch:

Rahel Hirsch (September 15, 1870 – October 6, 1953) was a German doctor and professor at the Charité medical school in Berlin. In 1913 she became the first woman in the Kingdom of Prussia to be appointed a professor in medicine. (wiki sourced)

See! us readers learn something new everyday.

Send a message if you want me to pass on this book; kindness must never be stopped in its tracks.

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams

bookshelves: under-1000-ratings, spring-2014, play-dramatisation, ipad, published-1950, film-only, italy, rome, debut

Read from April 07 to 08, 2014

Description: It is the story of a wealthy, fiftyish American widow, recently a famous stage beauty, but now “drifting.” The novel opens soon after her husband’s death and her retirement from the theatre, as Mrs. Stone tries to adjust to her aimless new life in Rome. She is adjusting, too, to aging (“The knowledge that her beauty was lost had come upon her recently and it was still occasionally forgotten.”)

With poignant wit and his own particular brand of relish, Williams charts her drift into an affair with a cruel young gigolo: “As compelling, as fascinating, and as technically skilled as his plays.” (Publishers Weekly)

This is the 2003 TV version with Mirren; the 1961 film starred Warren Beatty and Vivien Leigh, which may be worth a looksee.

4* A Streetcar Named Desire
3.5* The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
3* The Glass Menagerie
3* Cat on a Hot Tin Roof