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Re: Rory's Booklist?

PostPosted: 10 Mar 2016, 22:03
by lonelymile
ailish78 wrote:Yes that's true, but they won't be in the library here. I'm in Luxembourg. I very much doubt it anyway. In any case, I don't mind spending 20 Euros on a book. I could always donate it to a friend if I don't like it. I saw that particular Dashiel Hammet book in the English section of a well-known bookstore in Trier in Germany. I think it was just a one-off. I'll need to go back to check if it is still there. I very rarely read crime novels and if I do I prefer to read them in German or French. I have a massive book collection myself that I'm struggling to get through, but I would really like to read the things Rory enjoyed.

One of Rory's favourite movies was The American Friend, based on Ripley's Game. He seems to have owned a few other Patricia Highsmith novels as well.
If you see any around, I highly recommend them. I have read two of the Ripley novels and a few others so far- People Who Knock on the Door, Edith's Diary, and Strangers on a Train. I ordered some of mine from Amazon despite the fact they turn up in used bookstores fairly often, but of course we are not on the same continent so they may be harder for you to find. They are unusual, unnerving and gripping. Anyway, highly recommended.

I have been a flm noir enthusiast for many years, and I confess that I prefer James M. Cain's prose style to that of Hammett, but that is just me. I do have a few Hammett books but so far I haven't read them.

Re: Rory's Booklist?

PostPosted: 10 Mar 2016, 23:59
by RobertaSparrow
There is one book I sort of think Rory would have loved, but it was written after he passed. Written by Ry Cooder, (yes, the musician). It is just the sort of crime noir sort of story line that Rory enjoyed- Written from the perspective of a musician, of Los Angeles in the 50s, early 60s.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/04/entertainment/la-ca-ry-cooder-20111204

P.S., I have collected a lot of those books myself in e-reader form, so I always have something interesting to read wherever I am, long as I have access to the internet. ;)

Re: Rory's Booklist?

PostPosted: 11 Mar 2016, 02:03
by bronyr
RobertaSparrow wrote:There is one book I sort of think Rory would have loved, but it was written after he passed. Written by Ry Cooder, (yes, the musician). It is just the sort of crime noir sort of story line that Rory enjoyed- Written from the perspective of a musician, of Los Angeles in the 50s, early 60s.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/04/entertainment/la-ca-ry-cooder-20111204

P.S., I have collected a lot of those books myself in e-reader form, so I always have something interesting to read wherever I am, long as I have access to the internet. ;)

I have this Ry Cooder book! Bought it a couple months ago after we saw him perform. What a special guy. I think Rory may have enjoyed Joe Ely's writings, too. Joe Ely is a fantastic singer songwriter based in Austin TX. http://www.amazon.com/Bonfire-Roadmaps- ... bc?ie=UTF8

Re: Rory's Booklist?

PostPosted: 11 Mar 2016, 07:52
by ailish78
Thank you for the recommendations lonleymile :)

Re: Rory's Booklist?

PostPosted: 15 Oct 2016, 19:18
by SUBY1974
Nice article on Irish Writers from The Sunday Times entitled The Celtic Revival.
https://m.facebook.com/subrata.saha.520 ... _0_v&mdf=1
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-c ... -cbb8kc5sp