September Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon CoverFigured I had better get this post up since it's not that long of a book.

Good Reads Link
Amazon (Note that if you buy  the  kindle Canadian version, the price drops to $4, and if you are in Canada it is public domain)

Anyway, I'll start some threads for those who want to talk about chapters as they go along.

If you want to plan ahead for library reasons, we'll do Wintering by Peter Geye next month.

21 thoughts on “September Book: The Maltese Falcon”

    1. Hammett’s Sam Spade & Effie Perine are the inspiration for the naming convention for les chats Chez Hayes. Mrs. Hayes named them before we got together; it seemed like a fun pattern to continue. Both Sam & Effie have departed, but Wally (who, grey as the Swedish winter’s sky, is properly “Wallander”) & Charlie (Chan) are on the case.

    2. Related Book:

      Shadow Man: A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer by Gabriel Blackwell is a bizarre experiment in the hard-boiled noir genre, that uses The Maltese Falcon and Dashiell Hammett as characters/plot points. It takes the noir genre and stretches it as far as it will possibly go, it weaves fictional characters and noir authors into the same story (it's very, very meta). You need The Maltese Falcon at least as a reference point, and it helps to know that you're getting into a deconstruction before you begin, but it's a cool book to read once you catch on.

      It used to be available for free through Prime, but I see that is no longer the case (unless you do Unlimited). Civil Coping Mechanisms is a good indie publishing press (plus they used to send one "get out of a social obligation free" coupon with each book order, so they know their audience).

      1. Depending on how you count, I think I got 8 in the first two chapters.

        Three are explicitly "Sam rolled a cigarette and smoked it" type passages where we see it. Then there's also a "5 cigarettes later" type line to show time passing.

  1. I've read this book. J-term assignment, Freshman year of college. The class was "[Something] ["and" or "about"] The City", and gave me needed humanities credits.
    We also watched Bronson's "Death Wish", read some essays, learned about "Bohemian Flats" near the U of MN, took buses. This January 1997, a very cold and snowy one.
    I and two classmates made it up to the top floor of the IDS tower after some group had their lunch there and... there were leftover Yoplait Yogurts! Free Lunch! If you can get to the bathrooms up there... I stood on the sink and leaned forward into the window, supported by my forehead (looking south or southwest).

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