The Thin Man

The Thin Man Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett s most enchanting creations a rich glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis At once knowing and unabashedly romantic The Thin Man is

  • Title: The Thin Man
  • Author: Dashiell Hammett
  • ISBN: 9780394717746
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett s most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

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    1. We found a table. Nora said: "She's pretty.""If you like them like that."She grinned at me. "You got types?""Only you, darling - lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.""And how about the red-head you wandered off with at Quinns' last night?""That's silly," I said. "She just wanted to show me some French etchings.”It is almost impossible for me to separate the book from the movies. When I decided to reread this classic that spawned six great movies, Nick Charles was of course William Powell, and Nor [...]

    2. I invented a new drinking game based on The Thin Man and tried to give it a test run when I re-read it. The rules were simple, every time that main character Nick Charles took a drink, I’d take one, too. However, I had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of extreme alcohol poisoning by the second chapter. So don’t try that.Nick used to be a private detective in New York, but he left that behind when he married Nora and moved to California to take over the management of the various busi [...]

    3. "We didn't come to New York to stay sober."The Thin Man is best read with a drink in hand. Do you have a drink? Do you need a refresher? Would you like another? Above all else, it is important that you be drinking!SeriouslyDRINK! My god, a lot of alcohol is consumed in this book! It reads as if Ernest Hemingway had taken up crime noir. In The Thin Man, Nick Charles, private detective, has hung up his hat. Nora, his wife, kinda wishes he hadn't. She likes wrapping her head around a good mystery. [...]

    4. An inventor goes missing and his mistress winds up dead. Former detective Nick Charles wants nothing to do with the case but keeps getting drawn in. With his plucky wife Nora, can Nick get things sorted out so he can get back to his drinking?The Thin Man was not at all like I expected. After reading the exploits of Sam Spade and the Continental Op, I expected more of the same. The Thin Man is much more humorous than Hammett's earlier works and I found myself liking it quite a bit.Nick Charles, f [...]

    5. What I learned from this book (in no particular order):1. A speakeasy is the proper place for a man to wait for his wife to finish her shopping.2. A Schnauzer is NOT a cross between a Scottie and an Irish terrier.3. “I hit Nora with my left hand, knocking her down across the room.” If a bad guy points a gun at you and your wife, the standard operating procedure is to knock her out to prevent her from becoming hysterical over such a potentially distressing situation. 4. Women do not really mi [...]

    6. This Christmas you are invited to a party of hard liquor, witty repartee and murder in the company of Nick and Nora Charles. A hardboiled crime comedy might seem like an oddball choice for a winter holiday read, but Dashiell Hammett manages to mix together not only killer martinis, but also a succesful marriage between the mean and dirty Prohibition Era gumshoe detective and the British slick and sophisticated whodunits of Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers. Spiced up with some of that enchanting [...]

    7. Honestly? I think the awesomeness of Nick and Nora Charles got built up a little too much for me before I read this, because I was expecting 200 pages of nonstop witty banter between the two, and was mildly disappointed. Sure, Nick is funny in a dry sarcastic way, and Nora is the sassy drunken aunt you never knew you always wanted, but their banter and witticisms only caused the occasional chuckle. But lucky for me, the book has a lot more going for it than just the banter. It's a fun, classic 3 [...]

    8. Nick and Nora Charles are staying at a swanky hotel in Manhattan when word arrives of a missing man. Content to leave his old life behind as a private detective, Nick wants no part of the investigation. However, it isn’t long before Nick is forced into the case and in order to deal with the cast of characters circling the search, he keeps the liquor flowing.Ah, the 1930s, when alcoholism was considered a charming personality trait as well as the social norm rather than the life-destroying dise [...]

    9. 'Hard-hitting, Hard-drinking, Fast-talking - classic detective thriller. It does what it says on the tin. For any fans of classic noir, this is not to be missed.

    10. I wasn't aware of this previously, but apparently you just gotta slap a dame when they get hysterical. The things you learn when you read hard-boiled fiction."The Thin Man" was read as an attempt to get into the mindset of noir, since a friend of mine is asking me to write him a script in the style. It's one of my first encounters with crime fiction from that era, and I came away generally amused.Nick Charles is on vacation with his wife Nora. He doesn't want to solve a mystery. He wants to drin [...]

    11. Captain Renault : What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?Rick : My health – I came to Casablanca for the waters.Captain Renault : Waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.Rick : I was misinformed.*Thinking Dashiell Hammett would be the go-to guy now that I have run out of Chandlers, I thought : let’s read the very famous The Thin Man. The movie is great, what could possibly go wrong?*Well, for starters, Chandler’s prose is graced with genius where Hammett’s prose is graced w [...]

    12. If I weren't the mean teacher I am I'd cut Hammett slack and round up to four stars because this---the last of his novels---is a solid 3-1/2. And that's only because it pales in comparison to every one of his other novels except THE DAIN CURSE, which is the true 3-star. The main knock on THIN is that Hammett was pretty much bored with fiction by this point in his career, having lost his bearings to booze, broads, and just about any other indulgence that began with a B except Billy Barty (too sho [...]

    13. Somehow I never saw this movie or read this book during my six-month crime noir kick in ninth grade (though I did read Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key aroud that time). But, boy, I'm glad that I've read it now. The Thin Man is the last novel Hammett completed (though he started or pretended to start a half-dozen others) and it has the feel of being a parady of his other novellas and the 1930s crime genre in general. It is fabulously funny - as in, I couldn't go two pages without t [...]

    14. This is a slender book in more ways than its title.If you are a style aficionado, the thrift with which Dashiell Hammett writes is something to savour. I recall when I read The Maltese Falcon vividly ‘seeing’ each new character he introduced, and The Thin Man is no different. Take this excerpt, for example, describing the uninvited appearance of gangster Shep Morelli in sleuth (& protagonist) Nick Charles’ bedroom doorway:“He was a plump, dark, youngish man of medium height, broad th [...]

    15. Man, what the hell? This book kind of sucks for some reason. Everyone knows that Hammett pretty much single-handedly invented modern crime fiction, and The Maltese Falcon is an enduring masterpiece that may still stand as the most geometrically perfect example of the detective novel form. The Thin Man is his second most famous work, owing to the popular Hollywood film series loosely based on characters therein, but it is an undistinguished, amateurish work that does not hold up on its own terms. [...]

    16. I will freely admit that part of why I read this book was that I enjoyed what I have seen of the movie so much. I actually didn't get to watch all of it, as I caught it on Turner Classic Movies after it started and wasn't able to watch the whole movie. I made a note that I wanted to read the book and get the whole movie set on DVD at some point. Additionally, I am interested in the roots of the detective novel. You can't explore detective fiction without reading Dashiell Hammett. So here we go.I [...]

    17. So, this one was a bit underwhelming, to be perfectly honest. I wanted to like it, with it's aura of louche 1930's glamour. Unfortunately, I basically disliked all of the characters except for Nick & Nora. On second thought, I disliked Nick, too.I was especially uncomfortable with Dorry, who was depicted as a hormonally-driven drunken teenager, and Nick's reaction to her tight little body made me more than a little uncomfortable (actually, I'm not sure if she was a teenager). Her brother, Gi [...]

    18. Okayif you're into "hard-boiled" detective fiction or mystery fiction I'm sure you'd rate this book higher. Maybe for me it would even be a 3.5 if I could go there.The dialogue held me here, the by play and banter between Nick, Nora, and then the entire cast of characters. It was well written and well characterized. I suppose it was also well plotted only, I just don't seem to be a mystery fan. I had to keep dragging my interest back to the book. Maybe the fact that I loved the movie and therefo [...]

    19. This is the first Hammett novel I've read. I don't know why I haven't made the effort to read such an iconic writer before, particularly as I am a long-time crime fiction reader and a fan of "classic" mysteries. It may be my first Hammett, but I'm pretty sure it won't be my last.I've just finished re-reading all of the novels of Dorothy L Sayers, who is without doubt my favourite writer of "Golden Age" mysteries. It was interesting to compare The Thin Man with Sayers' novels. It's certainly less [...]

    20. Hammett's last novel, THE THIN MAN doesn't refer to the ex-detective Nick Charles, but a different character. Nick and Nora Charles with their dog Asta were famous in the popular THIN MAN movies starring the witty and suave William Powell with Myrna Loy. The novel, however, shows a grittier side with its muggings, narcotics, and lots of booze consumed. By the end, THIN MAN reads like an elaborate whodunnit I had trouble at times following. The quality dialogue is probably the real strength. I'll [...]

    21. Read in 2012 - pre .Review 11.30.17 - I loved this book! Enjoyed the movie, too. I became a Dashiell Hammett fan after this. Sorry about what happened to him in later life.

    22. Mulheres bonitas, homens alcoólicos, um crime. Narrativa sem descrições, sustentada apenas por diálogos.Cansa-me, aborrece-me, faz-me sono…Li metade e já não aguento mais.

    23. (Since the beginning of 2008 I've been writing an ongoing series of essays here that I call the "CCLaP 100," whereby I read for the first time a hundred books considered by many to be classics, and then write reports here on whether or not I think they deserve this label. For the complete list of books, as well as an explanation behind how the list was compiled, you can click here.)The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or [...]

    24. 3 Stars - Good bookI don't have much to say about this one. It's a good crime book, nothing more, nothing less. I found the writing direct and to the point but not obvious. I enjoyed it. The main character was okay, though he did act like a bit of a jerk from time to time. I found his wife a more compelling character. I think I would have liked this book more if she was the main character. That being said, I found nearly everyone else in this book irritating but good characters, as in they portr [...]

    25. My favorite Hammett book. Written with the same economical and sparse style of his other novels, the tone couldn't be more different. Nick & Nora Charles are fun characters who come off much more 3 dimensional - as opposed to archetypcal - than either Sam Spade or the Continental Op. Plot is almost a secondary concern here which is rare for a mystery. Instead the almost constant drinking and flirting the two main characters engage in (with each other and whomever else is around) get top bill [...]

    26. You know those washing powder tests on TV? You do something impossibly disgusting to a little white affair, pop it in the machine with Brand X and - hey presto, it comes out better than new.I felt really guilty about starting this book. I'd just finished Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity which so moved me in every way as a reader that I wanted to turn next to something that Perlman could spoil without my caring. Sure enough, I was disappointed by this to the extent it almost got the flick. But [...]

    27. .قتل زندگی هیچ‌کس را تغییری نمی‌دهد مگر زندگی خود مقتول و گاه‌وگداری زندگی قاتل رااولین کتابیه که از دشیل همت می‌خونم. نکته خاصی که نداشت، قرارم نبود داشته باشه:)) اما یه جاهایی‌ش طنز بود که جالب بود، و قسمت کارگاهی و جنایی‌ش عالی بود. شما هم تا آخر داستان حدس نخواهید زد مجرم [...]

    28. DNF i litterally do not have enough time on my hands to finish a book i do not enjoy even one bit tbh i just,,,, do not have !!!! the time!!!!

    29. 8 August, 1997As Kat says, a tasty mystery novel, indeed, with vivid characters. Nick and Nora are the coolest couple ever. Two, smart, charming people who just happen to be ridiculously wealthy and having a fabulous life in Manhattan, with their dog. Solving the mystery is beside the point. Drinking and being witty is the point.***So I looked up "badger game" because I had to find out what was in the woman's past. "Ah", I thought, reading the explanation, "like Hamilton got caught in" and inde [...]

    30. دشیل همت کسی است که ادبیات جنایی و پلیسی را که اصلا در امریکا به وجود آمده بود، رونق و اعتبار بخشید. او یکی دو دهه محبوب هالیوود و جامعه ی کتابخوان آمریکائی بود، این کتاب دست کم مبنای ساخت شش فیلم سینمایی و یک نمایش موزیکال بوده است، شاید شخصیت همفری بوگارت نماینده بیرونی کیشی [...]

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