- 出版社: Vintage; Reprint (2011年5月3日)
- 平装: 208页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0307743136
- 条形码: 9780307743138
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- 商品重量: 272 g
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Talking About Detective Fiction 平装 – 2011年5月3日
“[P.D. James’s] literary sensibility—calm observation and exact description—is on ample display here.”—Wall Street Journal
“An avid book-length essay on the roots, ethics and methods of the detective story . . . Her opinions are often surprising and determinedly contrary . . . Refreshingly outspoken.”—New York Times
“An amiable, personal appreciation of the genre by someone who has been one of its most accomplished and popular exponents.”—The Times, London
“It’s like sitting across from P. D. James over tea, and that, naturally, is a delight.”—Booklist
“Anyone who is interested in P. D. James’s own fiction will want to read this, but it stands in its own right as a deeper, more thoughtful enquiry into what it is we get out of detective fiction . . . Elegant and thoughtful.”—The Independent, London
"A master class on British mysteries . . . It's hard to imagine a better guide."--Christian Science Monitor
“Talking About Detective Fiction has biblical heft. . . . The style is clean, thoughtful and full of grace. . . . Incisive.”—New York Times Book Review
"Fascinating. . . . Her writing shows a vast knowledge and abiding love for the genre she describes."—USA Today
“P. D. James is the undisputed grande dame of the modern mystery . . . She presents an energetic, insightful, and often witty history of the genre.”—Boston Globe
P. D. James was the author of twenty books, many of which feature her detective hero Adam Dalgliesh and have been televised or filmed. She was the recipient of many honors, including the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature, and in 1991 was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.
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Except for a chapter on Hammet and Chandler of the American hardboiled school and some admiring, but brief, tips of the hat to Sara Paretsky, Georges Simenon and Henning Mankell, James concentrates her attention on her fellow Brits--Conan Doyle, Chesterton, Crispin, Christie, Sayers, Allingham, Marsh, Rendell and others--with particular emphasis on the so-called "Golden Age" when the plots were ingenious, the murders horrible and bizarre and the villains superhumanly cunning ... "not the days of the swift bash to the skull followed by sixty thousand words of psychological insight."
She also looks at how the genre has evolved since the Victorian age and why it has remained so popular. Then, perhaps most interesting of all, she takes us inside the writing process for a closeup look at some of the challenges peculiar to detective-story writing in general and to her own Adam Dalgliesh novels in particular. Most illuminating.
I'd never gotten around to Ngaio Marsh, now her New Zealand heritage and Shakespearean themes seemed an enticing mix, so The Singing Shroud is on its way.
Had never even heard of C. J. Sansom, but P. D. gave him a thumbs up, and his hunchbacked detective Michael Shardlake fighting crime in Tudor England (Dissolution)--gotta try that one, right?
Found a good buy on a used Michael Innes Omnibus--Hamlet, Revenged; Death at the President's Lodging, The Daffodil Affair--with settings in and around Oxford.
Discovered I'd even missed one of P. D.'s own books, Devices and Desires, so MUST have that one; THEN a Golden Age classic which even Dorothy Sayers called "brilliant"--E. C. Bentley's Trent's Last Case, has been Kindleized and Whisper-Synced to me
Finally Dorothy Sayers's collection of essays on The Whimsical Christian--who knew? I wonder what this outspoken, clever, humorous lady has to say on that subject??
Was already happily acquainted with Chesterton's Father Brown, Sayers's Lord Wimsey, and Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe, but alas Ruth Rendell's Reginald Wexford and Josephine Tey's Alan Grant will have to wait, as will Margery Allingham's Albert Campion.
I'm telling you, do NOT read Talking About Detective Fiction if you are easily tempted by the intelligent, perceptive observations from this wonderfully reliable and convincing source.