Monthly Summary (August 2014)

What I Read in August 2014

August was another excellent month as far as my readings is concerned. I read seven books, all of them have sufficient merits to stand out as my pick of the month.

  • Monsieur Monde Vanishes (The New York Review of Books, 2004) Paperback edition. Translated from the French by Jean Stewart, 1967. Original title: La Fuite de Monsieur Monde, 1945 by Georges Simenon (A)
  • The Big Sleep (Penguin, 2011) Paperback edition. First published in 1939 by Raymond Chandler (A+)
  • Farewell, My Lovely (Penguin, 2010) Paperback edition. First published in 1940 by Raymond Chandler (A+) Revisited
  • The Killer Inside Me (Orion, 2010) Kindle edition. First published in 1952 by Jim Thompson (A+)
  • The High Window (Penguin, 2011) Paperback edition. First published in 1942 by Raymond Chandler (A)
  • The Lady in the Lake (Penguin, 2011) Paperback edition. First published in 1943 by Raymond Chandler (A+)
  • The Little Sister (Penguin, 2010) Paperback edition. First published in 1949 by Raymond Chandler (A)

Pick of the Month

The Big Sleep. Although it’s a solely matter of personal taste.

Opening line: It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved, and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.

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Books Bought Last Month

      • Grind Joint: A Penns River Novel by Dana King

      • The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

      • Long Way Home by Eva Dolan

      • The Widow by Georges Simenon

      • Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

      • Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace

      • The Comedy Is Finished by Donald E. Westlake

        Currently Reading

        • The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler

        6 thoughts on “Monthly Summary (August 2014)”

        1. Your month full of Chandler books made me realize I’ve never read a Chandler book or seen a Chandler movie: I must remedy that. Hope you have a good reading month in September!

        2. Wow you’re right back to reading Chandler again. I wasn’t all that impressed with his first book but will definitely read him again. Like Rebecca, I’ve never seen a Chandler movie either. Will rectify that one.

        3. Wow, you have really read Chandler this month. I was also very impressed with The Big Sleep, and I will be reading more of his books. I agree, the 1946 movie with Bogart and Bacall is wonderful and may have influenced my opinion of the book.

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