Travelling Man

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Travelling Man

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Nov 22, 2006, 1:18 pm

One of Wolfe's conceits is that he never leaves home, okay rarely r leaves home. Those of who have read the canon, however, know there are a number of things that will pry Wolfe out his house--certain food-related events, certain orchids, if Archie gets in trouble, and when duty demands whether training for WWII or going after Zeck. Even an excursion abroad to his native Montenegro. (Recently become an independent nation--Wolfe must be so proud.) Why the man is practically a travelling fool. Any nominees for your favorite Wolfe outing?

Nov 22, 2006, 1:50 pm

The Black Mountain was very interesting especially since, at the time I was listening to it, all of the upheaval and genocide stuff was going on in the '90s - many of the same issues of concern in the 1930s-40s were still causing problems 50 years later.

Nov 22, 2006, 5:25 pm

I begin by saying that I love them all...that understood, I enjoyed Too Many Cooks the meals served, the contest (was this the inspiration for Top Chef, one of my favorite shows?), but especially when Wolfe had to talk to all the waiters in his cabin. The interplay of Wolfe's ideas against and as seen by Archie was great. I felt it was a great statement on Civil Rights.

Nov 23, 2006, 4:49 am

I think own favorites are Wolfe in Montana!? in Death of a Dude and the short story "Christmas Party" in And Four to Go wherein Wolfe turns up at an office Christmas party disguised in a Santa Claus suit. Priceless. Even Archie is left speechless.

Abr 3, 2008, 3:12 am

My favorite has always been "Death of a Dude" as far as "traveling man".
It's not the best Wolfe story in terms of plot, etc. But the picture in my mind of Wolfe dangling his bare feet in a mountain stream is just too cool!
And his visiting with local "Woody" is great.. a kindred soul out in the boonies...priceless!

Abr 3, 2008, 6:11 am

Ugh ... *shudders* ... I hate Death of a Dude! That was just too far removed from the Brownstone. My favourite is Some Buried Caesar - I could almost feel Wolfe's enforced discomfort! (Archie crashing the car was a bit contrived, but all's well that ends well!) Perhaps the most spectacular outing made by Wolfe, however, is in The League of the Frightened Men, when he is driven in a taxi to an unknown destination (possibly his death, for all he knew) - by a woman! And all for Archie.

Editado: Abr 3, 2008, 7:37 am

***Slight Spoiler Ahead***

I have a soft spot for Even in the Best Families, where Wolfe went undercover. Among other things, he had to lose an enormous amount of weight and occasionally wear some women's perfume...oh the horror of it all. :)

(ETA: spoiler warning)

Abr 3, 2008, 7:57 am

I forgot about Best Families, because we don't follow Wolfe to - wherever he went (California? Texas?) I can forgive the far-fetched plot, and appreciate his absence, because of the emotional effect upon Archie, however - amazing writing!

Abr 3, 2008, 1:08 pm

I rather like The Black Mountain, as well as the one where Wolfe gets together with the chefs at a relatively remote resort--is that Too Many Cooks? Most of my Stouts are in storage, soon to be paroled. Is it Some Buried Caesar in which Wolfe has trouble finding a chair to fit him in a house where he's a guest?

Abr 3, 2008, 2:20 pm

Those are my favorites ostrom. All three of them. However, I don't remember where the chair incident is. Seems to me he always has a difficult time finding one when he's away.

I have a chair for Wolfe, but it might be softer and lower than he would prefer. Other than that, it would have to be the couches. I don't think my other chairs would hold up, let alone be comfy for him.

Abr 3, 2008, 7:15 pm

Sorry Adonis... to each his ow. I prefer Wolfe stay in NYC, but this was such a stretch, I enjoyed it.

My second favorite "traveling Wolfe" was "Even in the Best Families". Archie finding Wolfe gone and the door open... classic!