Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Book Review

What's wrong with this picture?
It's a great chair. I curl up in in to read, and to watch TV with my dearly beloved. This weekend was cold and rainy, so the girls were doing papers for college, while Ryan read the last of his summer reading list - Don Quixote (the others being The Life of Pi, The Count of Monte Cristo, Le Morte D'Artur and The Good Earth). Mark's friend next door was assigned to read Blood on the Moon: The Story of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and Mark wanted to read it, too, so I bought it. (This was a terrible book to assign to 7th graders. It's rather dry even for an adult, and very long. What was that teacher thinking?). So, while I had company for my reading, I mi
ssed the furry fellow who's been curled up beside or in front of this chair for a decade now.

I read, anyway.

THE BIG SLEEP
by Raymond Chandler
copyright 1939

Philip Marlowe is a detective in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Hired by the very wealthy General Sternwood to investigate a blackmail letter regarding one of the General's daughters, Marlowe finds himself looking into a book dealer whose real business is renting "dirty" books, which leads to murder, gambling and speakeasies, ultimately tied to a mobster. At only about 200 pages, this book was a quick and entertaining read. Adding to the entertainment value, at least for me, is that the book did have characters making a few politically incorrect characterizations regarding hypothetical people. This is another from my set of red and blue mystery books, which were a wonderful find from one of my library book sales.

Last, but certainly not least, I really want to thank all of you for your expressions of sympathy regarding our loss of Thor. I am touched that so many of you loved him from afar. And a special thanks goes to those of you who checked in with me afterward to see how we're faring. It hasn't been easy, and, truthfully, I'm glad the weekend was a washout. I think we'd all have been too sad roasting marshmallows without our giant friend looking for his share.

21 comments:

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I've been following your blog for some time now and I will truly miss posts of Thor.

rottrover said...

Thor made a statement on Sunday. Come visit our blog... It was spectacular!

Faye Lewis said...

Marjie I don't know how in the world I missed the post about Thor. You truly have my condolences.

gMarie said...

Oh honey - your book sounds lovely. that Red & Blue mystery series wqs well worth the money.

I'm sorry your chair is empty. I know the feeling. I've been giving my pack lots of extra kisses on their noses - much to their disguist!! g

Mango said...

Read whatever you want that will absorb your mind. I know how much you are missing Thor.

Mango Momma

Big Dude said...

Glad you're back

The Blonde Duck said...

I love you MArjie. Feel better. Your sussy is on its way!

Pam said...

Still sending lots of love and hugs your way.

I don't need any of your rain though, tropical storm Lee gave us more than we know what to do with.

Pam said...

First thing I thought of was Thor was missing from the picture. Sigh.

Sue said...

No matter the size, their loss is huge. We're missing our friend, too.

Linda said...

You've been on my mind a lot this last week......you and big Thor. Be well!

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

I've thought of you several times this week. I'm glad to see you posting, but sad to not see Thor by your chair.

altadenahiker said...

You selected my favorite author, when I need to escape from my head and my heart.

STELLA from Down Under said...

Hi Marjie and Family, we too have been thinking of you and sending special thoughts your way. Reading certainly gives you a little escape sometimes just when you need it. Take care all. Love Carol (and Stella)

monica said...

Thor the giant gentleman will be greatly missed here in Denmark too... Hope you're all keeping up..

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you're feeling better.

SissySees said...

I've been knitting like a woman possessed again, so that means that reading non-stop is right around the corner. Moderation isn't a familiar concept...

We're still in washout mode here, and still grieving with you.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Marjie, glad to see you're back! Perfect, cozy spot to curl up with a good book.

Breezy Point Mom said...

Thinking of you on this day, which I will always think of, as Thorsday.

Claire S. said...

I think a lot of us are going to keep thinking of 'Thorsday' for a long time to come. That boy wormed his way into a lot of hearts !

~~louise~~ said...

I just couldn't drop by yesterday, Marjie and I'm sorry for that.

I'm not usually at a loss for words, but for some reason...

Please forgive me for not being stronger. I realized today staying away isn't going to make the emptiness go away...