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review 2017-10-08 10:04
The Thin Man
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

by Dashiell Hammett

 

New York 1932, the last days of prohibition. Nick and Nora are a couple who spend much of their time in hotels and speakeasies drinking copious amounts of alcohol. I found them very shallow characters and the book very dialogue heavy.

 

After a gruesome news story I'd rather not have read about a grizzly murder, Nick, a former detective, takes an interest and wants to investigate. This leads to encounters with various low life characters.

 

I had to push myself to read this, but it was blessedly short and one more well known story ticked off my list. I can see how it did better as a movie. It had that 40's film feeling to it, all stiff dialogue and Rita Hayworth flipping her hair (okay so Myrna Loy played the role, it's that era).

 

I can't say that I actually cared about the characters at any point. I'm not big on murder mysteries so the plot wasn't of great interest for me. The lack of description made it difficult to visualise the surroundings or much of what the characters looked like or wore so any clues had to come from the dialogue.

 

The thing I've most taken away from this read was the knowledge that this is not a genre for me, though I've committed to reading one more by the same author, just because it's that well known.

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text 2017-10-07 18:42
Halloween Bingo -- Classic Noir -- The Thin Man -- NO BINGO
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

 

 

I read The Thin Man on 14 September for the Classic Noir buddy read.

 

I believe there are six squares that can still be called without giving me a Bingo.

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review 2017-09-23 02:15
The Thin Man - Halloween Bingo Classic Noir Buddy Read
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

I have mixed feelings about The Thin Man.

 

On the positive side, I have now read another classic novel that I probably wouldn't of even considered picking up if not for Halloween Bingo. Noir is commonly associated with movies. I can appreciate the moments of wonderful dialog sprinkled throughout that likely translated well to the screen and saw how Hammett was thinking cinematically as he created the story.

 

On the negative side, I didn't care much about the characters and was confused too much of the time. I don't think the story has aged well, both the pacing and the roles of women don't work as well in 2017 as they might have in 1933.  

 

 

 

I'll be counting this towards the Classic Noir square, which while it hasn't been called yet, is strategically placed on my card.

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text 2017-09-22 18:54
Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Not really liking The Thin Man, but somewhere about page 50 I realize that I would wonder how it turned out if I didn't finish.  Hoping to polish it off tonight and move on to something with a very different feel.

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text 2017-09-21 23:25
Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Either my memory is failing me, or there are just too many characters being thrown at me too quickly.  The use of multiple names per person (Nora, Mrs. Charles) and the party scene in Chapter 7 didn't help.  So I actually made a list of characters/people mentioned

 

[ ] Nick Charles
[ ] Nora Charles 

[ ] Asta - the schnauzer 
[ ] Clyde Miller Wynant - inventor
[ ] Herbert Macaulay - Clyde's lawyer 
[ ] Dorothy (Dorry) Wynant - daughter 
[ ] Gilbert Wynant - brother 
[ ] Mimi (Wynant) Jorgensen 
[ ] Mr. Christian Jorgensen  
[ ] Julia Wolf
[ ] Harrison Quinn
[ ] Mrs. Alice Quinn 
[ ] Margot Innes
[ ] Albert Norman
[ ] Larry Crowley
[ ] Denis - girl with Crowley
[ ] The Edges
[ ] Shep Morelli - accused of murder 
[ ] Studsy Burke 
[ ] Policeman John Guild
[ ] Victor Rosewater 

We'll see if this helps.

 

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