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Novels par Dashiell Hammett
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Novels (édition 1965)

par Dashiell Hammett

Séries: Sam Spade (Omnibus 1, plus), The Continental Op (omnibus 1,2)

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"In a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel." "The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishing the ground rules for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing." "Each novel is distinct in mood and structure. Red Harvest (1929), a raucous and nightmarish evocation of political corruption and gang warfare in a western mining town, epitomizes the violence and momentum of Hammett's Black Mask stories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op. The Op returns, in The Dain Curse (1929), to preside over a more ornately melodramatic tale involving jewel theft, drugs, and a mysterious religious cult. With The Maltese Falcon (1930), and its protagonist Sam Spade, Hammett achieved his most enduring popular success. A tightly constructed quest story with an unforgettable cast of eccentric adventures, it is at the same time shot through with a sense of disillusionment and the arbitrariness of personal destiny." "The Glass Key (1931), an exploration of city politics at their most scurrilous, traces intricate patterns of loyalty and betrayal in scenes charged with drama." "His last novel, The Thin Man (1934), is a ruefully comic tale that pays homage to the traditional mystery form. It is best remembered for its protagonists Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated inebriates who would enjoy a long afterlife in the movies."--Jacket.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Novels
Auteurs:Dashiell Hammett
Info:Knopf (1965), Hardcover
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THE MALTESE FALCON
July 11, 2017

I'm not a big fan of Hammett, but I revisited this as my daughter was reading it for a RL book club. I can never remember the actual story here. Now I know why. There isn't a particle of story in it. A few people get bumped off, a lot of dumb slang gets thrown about, and a woman acts like a complete ninny. Pages and pages are spent in pointless argument about how to go about something, neither side presenting any new reasons for "doing it my way". I like me a good noir novel; this one failed to establish the atmosphere for me. I love a fine hard-boiled detective, but Sam Spade has nothing to love. Sorry to trash a classic, but I'm not impressed. Also, there's the misogyny, and the fairly distasteful representation of homosexuals.
1 voter laytonwoman3rd | Aug 5, 2017 |
"Red harvest", "The dain curse", "The maltese falcon", "The glass key", "The thin man"
  IICANA | Apr 20, 2016 |
Mystery: a hard-boiled detective story. Sam Spade is tasked with finding the Maltese Falcon for his beautiful and mysteries client. Evocative of time.
  andreaj607 | Nov 11, 2015 |
So far I have read Red Harvest. ( )
  auntieknickers | Aug 29, 2013 |
This novel has a distinctively different atmosphere and tone from the the other novels I have read by Dashiell Hammett. It has none of the dark noir quality of The Red Harvest and Sam Spade would be distinctly out of place at a party given by Nick and Nora Charles. Hammett's smooth transition to such a different style of writing is a master craftsman at work. Hammett gives Nick Charles the witty repartee you might hear from Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker at the Algonquin Round Table. He wakes up at 11:00 a.m. and his first words are a request for "Something to cut the phlegm." He has a slick self confidence and does not appear to be fooled by the emotional posing of the Jorgensen family. Nora possesses an insightful intelligence and gets her share of good lines poking fun at Nick. At the same time there is a suspenseful murder story playing out to keep the reader interested. The story is set in the 1930's but the Depression is never mentioned. Nick is an ex-detective who now works full-time managing his wife's money. The story begins with the murder of someone connected to an old client of Nick's.
The old client was Clyde Wynant. His ex-wife married a European gigolo and now they are the Jorgensen family. Mimi, the ex-wife, is still attractive and has a bubbly exterior. She can also be mean as a snake when protecting what she wants. Nick Charles explains that Mimi always lies and when she is caught she will just come up with a different lie until you get tired of asking her questions. Her 18 year old son walks around snooping on everybody and asking about the meaning life. His sister Dorothy is a little older, an attractive airhead who spends a lot of time in speakeasies.
Hammett rounds out the characters with Wynant's lawyer and the ubiquitous Police Detective. The detective has some depth but the lawyer seems the typical high money professional and not very likeable. The plot moves well and has a good share of interesting twists and turns. They all spend a lot of time drinking and there is another murder to keep the story going. The ending is well done, very quickly with a surprise that ties up a lot of loose ends.
I thought the book was very well written. The author is able to shift moods quickly and his characters leave vivid lasting memories. This was a good book and I recommend it as an intelligent enjoyable reading experience. Hammett's five novels certainly left quite an impact on American literature. ( )
  wildbill | Aug 23, 2013 |
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"In a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel." "The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishing the ground rules for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing." "Each novel is distinct in mood and structure. Red Harvest (1929), a raucous and nightmarish evocation of political corruption and gang warfare in a western mining town, epitomizes the violence and momentum of Hammett's Black Mask stories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op. The Op returns, in The Dain Curse (1929), to preside over a more ornately melodramatic tale involving jewel theft, drugs, and a mysterious religious cult. With The Maltese Falcon (1930), and its protagonist Sam Spade, Hammett achieved his most enduring popular success. A tightly constructed quest story with an unforgettable cast of eccentric adventures, it is at the same time shot through with a sense of disillusionment and the arbitrariness of personal destiny." "The Glass Key (1931), an exploration of city politics at their most scurrilous, traces intricate patterns of loyalty and betrayal in scenes charged with drama." "His last novel, The Thin Man (1934), is a ruefully comic tale that pays homage to the traditional mystery form. It is best remembered for its protagonists Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated inebriates who would enjoy a long afterlife in the movies."--Jacket.

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