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Talking About Detective Fiction (2009 original; edició 2009)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Talking About Detective Fiction
Autors:P.D. James
Informació:Knopf (2009), Hardcover, 208 pages
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Rather a slight work, a basic survey of the subject written for a charitable cause ( )
  ponsonby | Jun 24, 2022 |
James focuses mostly on "golden age" detective fiction, and her discussions of Christie, Sayers, Allingham, and Marsh are good. In other sections, she touches on a few other writers such as Edmund Crispin and Michael Innes. There is a sidetrack to acknowledge Hammett and Chandler and how their work differs from British writers. All in all, this is interesting, but it is hardly an in-depth look at the genre. Of course, written as it is by one of the acknowledged masters, there are some insights into the writing process. The audiobook is well read by Diana Bishop. ( )
  datrappert | Feb 6, 2022 |
A history of the mystery story from a mainly British perspective. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
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 |
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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.
 
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.
 
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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These words were written by Dorothy L. Sayers in her preface to a volume entitled Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror, Third Series, published by Gollancz in 1934.
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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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