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
- The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler
6 thoughts on “Monthly Summary (August 2014)”
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!
I wish you too an excellent September reading month, Rebecca!
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.
I would not miss the 1946 film The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Keishon!
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.
You’re probably right, Tracy. I also believe the movie may have influenced my opinion of the book.