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Day 10 – Favorite classic book

Red HarvestI don't know what metric is being used to judge a book a classic, but since Red Harvest was published in 1929, it's definitely old enough.

Even if you haven't read Red Harvest, you're probably familiar with the story via the movies Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, Last Man Standing, or even Sukiyaki Western Django. A stranger comes to a town torn apart by feuding gangs and takes them down by playing them against each other.

Here the stranger is the Continental Op (working for the Continental Detective Agency) who comes to Personville at the bequest of a man who's murdered when the Op arrives.  But the Op is still on the case.

Hammett's noir tone and real life experiences as a Pinkerton Detective elevate the book, but what I really like is the infectious nature of violence.  At one point the Op is talking about how the town is changing him, how everything looks like a weapon which is chilling.

"There's a piece of copper wire lying in the gutter in front of your house -- thin, soft and just long enough to go around a neck with two ends to hold on. I had one hell of a time to keep from picking it up and stuffing it into my pocket, just in case."


30 Day Book Meme

Day 01 – Best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy

Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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Date:December 3rd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hammett! Awesome.
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Date:December 3rd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I love Hammett's stuff.
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