Our lucky winning number for the 28th Classics Club Spin is…
That means I will be reading…
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler.
According to Goodreads… this is the 4th in Chandler’s Philip Marlow series where… “A couple of missing wives—one a rich man’s and one a poor man’s—become the objects of Marlowe’s investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe’s not sure he cares about either one, but he’s not paid to care.” Apparently, this is considered a masterpiece!
Am I happy about this? Well, to begin with I was a bit surprised, to be honest. See, this is a book that I found on the shelves of a little free public library on the Kibbutz where my cousins live. I went to visit them a few weeks ago and when I saw it there, I thought “oh, that will be a good addition to my Classics Club spin list,” and I was right! Serendipity? Maybe.
By the way, I had to laugh at this cover (which is the exact edition that I found) because… “New CLEWS…” um… shouldn’t that be CLUES? But really, it doesn’t matter, especially because I’ve been enjoying mystery novels lately, and although I was kind of hoping for another book on my list, I am looking forward to reading this one. I mean, I have seen films of several of his books, such as “The Big Sleep” and “Strangers on a Train,” so I know that Chandler wrote clever mystery novels. Mind you, I haven’t seen Robert Montgomery’s 1946 movie adaptation of this novel, which I understand was shot entirely as if you’re seeing everything through Philip Marlowe’s eyes!
So yes, after the initial surprise, I am VERY happy with this pick!
Now all I have to do is read and review this book by the 12th December, 2021. That shouldn’t be too hard, because it is 237 pages long, although the print on this copy is a bit… small. Still… there’s plenty of time, and I’m almost finished with the print book I’ve been reading lately, so this goes to the top of my TBR pile!
How about you?
What book did you get with this Classics Club Spin?
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