[Epub] ➝ The Thin Man ➢ Dashiell Hammett – Pv1.info

[Epub] ➝ The Thin Man ➢ Dashiell Hammett – Pv1.info Nick And Nora Charles Are Hammett S Most Enchanting Creations, A Rich, Glamorous Couple Who Solve Homicides In Between Wisecracks And Martinis At Once Knowing And Unabashedly Romantic, The Thin Man Is A Murder Mystery That Doubles As A Sophisticated Comedy Of Manners Honestly I think the awesomeness of Nick and Nora Charles got built up a little too much for me before I read this, because I was expecting 200 pages of nonstop witty banter between the two, and was mildly disappointed Sure, Nick is funny in a dry sarcastic way, and Nora is the sassy drunken aunt you never knew you always wanted, but their banter and witticisms only caused the occasional chuckle But lucky for me, the book has a lotgoing for it than just the banter It s a fun, classic 3 Honestly I think the awesomeness of Nick and Nora Charles got built up a little too much for me before I read this, because I was expecting 200 pages of nonstop witty banter between the two, and was mildly disappointed Sure, Nick is funny in a dry sarcastic way, and Nora is the sassy drunken aunt you never knew you always wanted, but their banter and witticisms only caused the occasional chuckle But lucky for me, the book has a lotgoing for it than just the banter It s a fun, classic 30 s mystery full of crazy dames and shooting and goons and coppers, and the characters drink so much it made my liver hurt just reading about it Like The Maltese Falcon, it got to a point where I had to just accept that I had no idea what any of the characters were talking about and try to go with the flow until someone explained everything at the end They mystery itself it includes a string of murders and a suspiciously absent man was engrossing, although I guessed the big twist a few pages before it happened Having looked up the movie version of The Thin Man on IMDB, I ve added it to my Netflix queue and intend to make a comparison as soon as possible if the IMDB quotes are any indication, the movie version looks much funnier than the book Stand by for further information as soon as I watch it PS I just noticed one of the options at the bottom of the review box, next to the spoiler button Does this book follow a few characters or many Who the fuck cares, Goodreads If I think it s that important, I ll mention it in the actual review Jesus UPDATE, AFTER WATCHING THE FILM VERSION I m now putting this on my The Movie Is Better shelf, because as I predicted, the movie is much funnier William Powell and Myrna Loy are darling as Nick and Nora, Mimi is appropriately crazy although in the movie there s never any doubt about whether she killed Julia, because we actually see her find the body , Gilbert is adorable, and Nora has an absolutely fabulous collection of outfits Watch the movie, and read the book only if you re really curious about the little changes they made in the screenplay We found a table Nora said She s pretty If you like them like that She grinned at me You got types Only you, darling lanky brunettes with wicked jaws And how about the red head you wandered off with at Quinns last night That s silly, I said She just wanted to show me some French etchings It is almost impossible for me to separate the book from the movies When I decided to reread this classic that spawned six great movies, Nick Charles was of course William Powell, and N We found a table Nora said She s pretty If you like them like that She grinned at me You got types Only you, darling lanky brunettes with wicked jaws And how about the red head you wandered off with at Quinns last night That s silly, I said She just wanted to show me some French etchings It is almost impossible for me to separate the book from the movies When I decided to reread this classic that spawned six great movies, Nick Charles was of course William Powell, and Nora Charles was of course Myrna Loy Those actors are forever Nick and Nora for me The book is famous for the witty exchanges between Nora and Nick, but the book is somewhat overshadowed by the wonderful repartee between Powell and Loy over the course of the six movies The scintillating, amusing conversations are punctuated by Loy s uptilted nose and impish smile and Powell s infectious grin as he takes pleasure in toying with his wife s state of mind We must not forget the Charles s dog AstaThat afternoon I took Asta for a walk, explained to two people that she was a Schnauzer and not a cross between a Scottie and an Irish terrierThe dog, Skippy, who was cast in the movie was a Wire Fox Terrier I have a six month old Scottish Terrier, whose name is Astra after the state motto of Kansas, ad astra per aspera Astra in Latin means stars For those who know us and how much we love The Thin Man movies, they always assume that it is also a nod to Astaand they would be right Asta doesn t provide the comic relief in the book that he does in the movie, but he is a presence for most of the book There are usually some light hearted moments with Asta in every movie where they are chasing him around the room trying to retrieve a vital clue from between his jaws or other scenes where he is just doing something terminally adorable that brings a bitlightheartedness to the script Dashiell Hammett based the Charles s off his own tempestuous on again and off again relationship with Lillian Hellman From what I ve read, he definitely must have focused on the sunnier side of the relationship because one of the most enjoyable things about this dynamic couple is their friendly, jocular interactions, highlighted with the rich overtones of how much they admire and like one another Hellman and Hammett fought like Siamese Fighting Fish The fights that Nick and Nora get into are playful, funny, and foreplay that provides Nick with an opportunity to grab Nora and plant a kiss on her that will shake her fillings There really aren t a lot of happy married couples in noir literature Hardboiled mystery writers seem to focus on characters as singular individuals They are usually divorced or single, and if they are married, they certainly aren t happily married Nick and Nora are best together, and as the investigation in the story moves forward, they seem a bit unmoored when they are apart They drink heavily, mirroring the Hellman and Hammett relationship in that aspectShe sat on the sofa beside me Now out with it If you skip a single word, I ll I d have to have a drink before I could do any talking She cursed me and brought me a drink Nick doesn t want to investigate crime He is perfectly happy spending his days drinking martinis and looking after Nora s money, but Nora is obsessed with his previous life as a private investigator and certainly has a rosy, unrealistic view of the profession So the way the stories go in the book and the movies is that invariably Nora drags Nick into an investigation He reluctantly agrees to see what he can do, which is to cleverly solve the crime and wrap up the criminals for the bungling cops to haul off to jail In this book, he is investigating the murder of a mistress of the mad scientist Clyde Wynant, and in the course of his investigation, he and Nora have to contend with the whole Wynant clan, each as loony as the next The ex wife Mimi is a real piece of work, a combination of curves and cunning She tries to use both assets on Nick, and needless to say, things get out of handTell me something, Nick Tell me the truth when you were wrestling with Mimi, didn t you have an erection Oh, a little She laughed and got up from the floor If you aren t a disgusting old lecher, she said Did she just say erection My, my goodness sakes, Nora Do you kiss Nick with that mouth Why yes, she does If you take a drink every time Nick orders an alcoholic beverage, you will be plowed by the time you get 30 pages into the book or thirty minutes into the movie The heavy drinking in this book and the movies might bethan a hint to Dashiell Hammett s own struggle with alcohol It might also be the key to why he stuck with Hellman so long She was a heavy drinker too, and as happens sometimes, couples bond over drinking Their drinking escalates with dual encouragement, and they become caught in a cycle of maladaptive drinking I certainly can feel jealous of Nick and Nora s lifestyle They can leave a city at the drop of the hat and go to any other city in the world Money is not an issue, and time is something they have in abundance They are about as free as two people can ever hope to be Oh, and they are hopelessly, head over heels in love with one another Freedom, plenty of money, and someone who loves us, whatcould anyone wish for I highly recommend the book and the movies paired with a few vodka martinis shaken not stirred If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at I invented a new drinking game based on The Thin Man and tried to give it a test run when I re read it The rules were simple, every time that main character Nick Charles took a drink, I d take one, too However, I had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of extreme alcohol poisoning by the second chapter So don t try that.Nick used to be a private detective in New York, but he left that behind when he married Nora and moved to California to take over the management of the various business I invented a new drinking game based on The Thin Man and tried to give it a test run when I re read it The rules were simple, every time that main character Nick Charles took a drink, I d take one, too However, I had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of extreme alcohol poisoning by the second chapter So don t try that.Nick used to be a private detective in New York, but he left that behind when he married Nora and moved to California to take over the management of the various businesses her father left her Why couldn t Nora run them herself Because this was 1933 so in addition to casual alcoholism being an accepted part of everyday life, the lady folks weren t going to be left in charge of something as important as business Ah, the good ole days Nick and Nora are on a Christmas vacation trip back to New York when Nick bumps into the daughter of an old client of his, Clyde Wynatt Wynatt has gone missing and a woman associated him was murdered so everyone from the family to Wynatt s lawyer to the cops think that Nick is working the case Nick would prefer to just do somedrinking, but Nora is intrigued by the idea of watching her husband play detective and other events transpire to pull Nick into reluctantly investigating in between glasses of whiskey.Hammett s The Maltese Falcon and Red Harvest are two of my favorite detective novels as well as being considered classics of the genre This one shows off a bit of his versatility in that it reads as a witty comedy with a dash of murder rather than a hard boiled mystery The banter between Nick and Nora is fun, and his casual remarks about needing a drink with breakfast just to cut the phlegm make for their own kind of anachronistic amusement The mystery is kind of a convoluted mess, but Hammett managed to tie it all together with a resolution that makes sense It s not my favorite book of his, but it s got a dated charm that makes it a fun read 3.65 stars Nick Charles used to work in a private detective agency, got married later, came into good money, and took on a hard and thankless job of managing his investments The beginning of the book finds Nick and his wife Nora in New York It seemed they were drinking happily and heavily in a bar Later it turned out it was just a mild warm up routine for some very serious alcohol consumption We just woke up let s have a drink Having trouble sleeping double scotch is in order A guest came dri Nick Charles used to work in a private detective agency, got married later, came into good money, and took on a hard and thankless job of managing his investments The beginning of the book finds Nick and his wife Nora in New York It seemed they were drinking happily and heavily in a bar Later it turned out it was just a mild warm up routine for some very serious alcohol consumption We just woke up let s have a drink Having trouble sleeping double scotch is in order A guest came drinks for everybody A guest just finished his drink better finish mine and have another one Coming back from visiting a toilet celebration time If you are waiting for me to start giving an outline of a plot this is exactly what I do The book convinced me being rich is boring All you do is inviting guests to your place the same people, mind you Being rich is also really bad for one s health and hopes of long life as no human liver can withstand this tsunami of strong alcohol consumed by Nick with occasional help from Nora.Drink as he might Nick still ended up being mixed up in a murder case A secretary of an inventor he used to know was killed with inventor himself completely disappearing from the face of the Earth For some reason everybody and their brother decided Nick is the one to solve the mystery Nick certainly did not think so, but after being shot at he decided to nudge the police intothoughtful investigation Between his drinks, obviously People say in the classic movie based on this book the chemistry between the actors playing Nick and Nora totally carried it In the book however the chemistry is quite weak To be fair I found the ex wife of disappeared inventor and their children to be something out of this world all of them The rest of the characters served their roles, but were nothing to write home about The book changed my views I used to think there are only two phases in lives of drunkards 1 Being drunk.2 Suffering from a hangover Nick managed to be perpetually stuck in phase 1 I have not realized it was psychically possible Surely this is when pink elephants pay you a visit Real Life full of great irony Take my case less than a month ago I stated that I have yet to see a boring book written by Dashiell Hammett Now I have to eat my words as this one while not exactly boring, but at least the weakest story from the father of noir mystery So the rating is 3 stars and now my life has a purpose I need to see the movie Let us drink to this CheersOops, I think I caught something from Nick Quickly, somebody call AA and book me an appointment for their next meeting

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