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High Praise for Hammett

Although the final sentence of her review definitely won't appear as a blurb on the cover of the book's next edition, Jamelah Earle at LitKicks absolutely raves about Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Just like her, I saw the movie before reading the novel, and was also struck by how little Bogart resembled Hammett's description of Sam Spade. (I also remember reading that Spade's office windows had thick, lush curtains - not at all like the Venetian blinds I always imagined.)

Lately I've been searching high and low throughout my house for my old single-volume copy of the complete novels of Hammett. The one place I haven't looked yet is the attic, and after reading Jamelah's review I think I'll check there this weekend, despite the godawful October heat wave we're having. It's probably 120 degrees in the attic right now, but finding that book would make the discomfort more than worthwhile.

October 5, 2007 in Books | Permalink