The Classics Club: what I got for The Classics Spin #30

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The Classics Spin #30

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For this Classics spin #30, I got #5 which on my list was

The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black was published in 1940.
A classic noir mystery? Perfect for the summer!
I plan on reading it in July.

“When the wealthy ladies’ man fell from his balcony in the midst of his engagement party, the police dismissed the death as the result of a freak accident. There was nothing to connect it with the poisoning of a lonely man in his squalid apartment, or with the married business-man killed after him, sealed into a closet and left to suffocate. No connection, that is, aside from the appearance of a beautiful woman in each case, just before the victims met their untimely ends.
Nobody knows her identity, where she comes from or whither she goes. Nor do they know why anyone would be targeting this series of seemingly-unrelated persons. But one police detective is convinced that the answers to these questions can save the lives of men who might be next on the list, men who will continue to die at a rapid rate unless he can solve the puzzle and intervene.
Cornell Woolrich’s first crime novel, The Bride Wore Black is the stylish, tense thriller that launched the career of “the supreme master of suspense” (New York Times). It was filmed by Francois Truffaut under the same title, and went on to inspire Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies.”

About the Author:

Cornell WoolrichCornell Woolrich (1903-1968)
is widely regarded as the twentieth century’s finest writer of pure suspense fiction.
The author of numerous classic novels and short stories (many of which were turned into classic films) such as Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Waltz Into Darkness, and I Married a Dead Man, Woolrich began his career in the 1920s writing mainstream novels that won him comparisons to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The bulk of his best-known work, however, was written in the field of crime fiction, often appearing serialized in pulp magazines or as paperback novels.
Because he was prolific, he found it necessary to publish under multiple pseudonyms, including “
William Irish” and “George Hopley“.
Woolrich lived a life as dark and emotionally tortured as any of his unfortunate characters and died, alone, in a seedy Manhattan hotel room following the amputation of a gangrenous leg. Upon his death, he left a bequest of one million dollars to Columbia University, to fund a scholarship for young writers.

Have you read it, or any other novel by Cornell Woolrich?
What did you think?

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Here is what I got for the previous Classics Spins:

A wizard of Earthsea Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Arsene Lupin

For Classics Spin #14, I got #1: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
For Classics Spin, #15, I got #12: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
For Classics Spin, #16, I got #4: Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc

The Face of Another A Moveable Feast The Dream of the Red Chamber

For Classics Spin, #17, I got #3: The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe (not yet reviewed!!)

For Classics Spin, #19, I got #1: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

For Classics Spin, #20, I got # 19: The Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin

On the Edge of the World  Sanshiro The Sleepwalkers

For Classics Spin, #21, I got # 5: On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov

For Classics Spin, #22, I got # 13: Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki

For Classics Spin, #24, I got # 18: The Sleepwalkers, by Hermann Broch, which I didn’t take time to read!!

The Letter Killers Club History in English Words A Man Lay Dead

For Classics Spin, #25, I got # 14: The Letter Killers Club – which was way over my head.

For Classics Spin, #26, I got # 11: History in English Words, by Owen Barfield, a fascinating book, which I haven’t reviewed yet!!

For Classics Spin, #28, I got # 12: A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh, alas a disappointing one.

The Man in the Queue

For Classics Spin, #29, I got # 11: The Man in the Queue, by Josephine Tey.
Not yet reviewed, but it was a very impressive title, and I now want to read the whole series.

 

 

 

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Book review: Gallic Noir – Volume 1

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Gallic Noir – Volume 1

It is always a new treat when Gallic publishes a new book. This time, this new volume, Gallic Noir – Volume 1,  allowed me to go on discovering the work of Pascal Garnier, this amazing French master of noir. I already presented four novels by him on this blog. Fortunately, I had not yet read any of the three stories included in this first volume.

Yes, Gallic is planning to publish more volumes on Garnier’s work!
Incidentally, it is interesting that gearing to the English speaking world, they feel the need to get a book close to 400 pages, and so they joined three of his novels in one volume.1

I have noticed Americans tend to think a 100 page novel can not really be called a novel.

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Mailbox Monday March 12

 

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BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

Gallic Noir 1

Wow, I haven’t done a Mailbox Monday for ages!
This past week, thanks to the generosity of Belgravia Books / Gallic Books, I received the first volume of what it seems to be a new collection.
The first 2 volumes contain works by Pascal Garnier.

Volume 1 includes The A26, in which a new Picardy motorway brings modernity close to a flat in which a brother and sister live together, haunted by terminal illness and the events of 1945; 
How’s the Pain?, the tale of an ageing ‘pest exterminator’ taking on one last job on the French Riviera;
and The Panda Theory, in which a stranger, Gabriel, arrives in a Breton town and befriends the locals … but is he as angelic as he seems?

I really enjoy Pascal Garnier’s writing. I have reviewed Moon in a Dead Eye, The Islanders, Too Close to the Edge, and The Eskimo Solution.
So I’m thrilled to discover these three I have not read yet.

Gallic Books’ logo is “The best of French in English”. That’s right.

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