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Talking About Detective Fiction (original 2009; edição 2009)

por P.D. James

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P. D. James--one of the most widely admired writers of detective fiction at work today--gives us a personal, lively exploration of the human appetite for mystery and mayhem, and of those writers who have satisfied it. She examines the genre from top to bottom, beginning with the mysteries at the hearts of such novels as Charles Dickens's Bleak House, and bringing us into the present with such writers as Colin Dexter and Sara Paretsky. She compares British and American Golden Age mystery writing. She discusses detective fiction as social history, the stylistic components of the genre, her own process of writing, how critics have reacted over the years, and what she sees as a renewal of detective fiction--and of the detective hero--in recent years.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:Talking About Detective Fiction
Autores:P.D. James
Informação:Knopf (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 208 pages
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Etiquetas:mystery, cozy

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sort of survey of field, why popular, literary qualities, changes, etc.
  ritaer | Jul 26, 2021 |
Feels a bit like a lecture converted to book form, for better or worse. I think James takes a long time on stuff that fans of the genre will know (yes, I'm aware Conan Doyle wanted to kill Holmes so he could focus on "serious" novels, thanks) and only gets to the interesting stuff - her commentary on her experience with the genre towards the end. I was also a bit disappointed the bibliography/suggested reading is other sort of critical/meta-texts on the genre and not a list of the books she had mentioned throughout. I do feel a bit bad for being down on the Dalgliesh novels in the past, though - I think I'll give them another go. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Nice, easy-going review of mystery fiction, from The Moonstone to modern day. Ish.

Mostly focused on Holmes and up to James's contemporaries. Covers attitudes, changes in approach, style, expectations of readers, etc.. Even has a section on American pulp mysteries.

A very nice overview and worth it, if you are a mystery fan. ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
A good overview of the subject by someone who certainly should be considered an authority. ( )
  JoeHamilton | Jul 21, 2020 |
I've long been hard on British detective stories (especial Golden Age ones), so this short book (originally written for a library) on the history of the subject did a nice job of making me appreciate them somewhat. I guess it helps that I was a Poirot obsessive when I was a kid, and that I also respect P.D. James immensely. She's generous in tone, and while the short work rambles in a few spots it's still quite lucid. Maybe I'll pick one of up the book of one of the authors she mentions sometime soon? ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
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James's style is every bit as elegant here as it is in her fiction: she presents her views with a modesty that makes it hard to take exception to them, coupled with an intellectual vigour that makes it impossible not to take them seriously. At almost 90, with more than 20 books behind her, she remains a writer of tremendous energy and intelligence, and this essay comes as no mean addition to her oeuvre.
adicionada por souloftherose | editarThe Observer, Edmund Gordon (Oct 10, 2010)
 
Slim as it is, Talking About Detective Fiction has biblical heft. Like her own novels, the style is clean, thoughtful and full of grace.
 
[This book dispels] any doubts as to whether the nearly 90-year-old, demure-looking P. D. James has the toughness to dissect the world of crime writing.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe New York Times, Janet Maslin (Dec 7, 2009)
 
Fans of Baroness James’s 20 novels will be rewarded by plenty of... insights into how she approaches her chosen profession, as well as some intelligent and well-read discussion of a genre that has perhaps never been more popular.
 
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P. D. James--one of the most widely admired writers of detective fiction at work today--gives us a personal, lively exploration of the human appetite for mystery and mayhem, and of those writers who have satisfied it. She examines the genre from top to bottom, beginning with the mysteries at the hearts of such novels as Charles Dickens's Bleak House, and bringing us into the present with such writers as Colin Dexter and Sara Paretsky. She compares British and American Golden Age mystery writing. She discusses detective fiction as social history, the stylistic components of the genre, her own process of writing, how critics have reacted over the years, and what she sees as a renewal of detective fiction--and of the detective hero--in recent years.--From publisher description.

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