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A Murder is Announced (1985)

I’ve been splashing around with books that, although intriguing, don’t hold up to a consistent perusal. Pilcrow is very artistic and literary that I can only use a small dose at a time. Has anyone read Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo? It’s quite big and I’m slowly trudging through it. The most promising is The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald but still the beautifully-written novel is not plot-driven. Fortunately, the 1985 TV rendition of A Murder is Announced comes to my rescue, breaking the lethargy and ennui.

6 Responses

  1. Glad you have the 1985 version. This particular one happens to be one of my favorite of all the TV adaptations. Also, I recommend The 4:50 from Paddington, both the novel, and, after you’ve read it, the 1985 TV adaptation. It has also been published under the title: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw.

  2. I’ve tried reading other things by Richard Russo, not the book you mentioned, but he’s just never worked for me. For me he’s too much in between popular and literary fiction to be good for me in either genre.

  3. Oh my goodness, I loved Empire Falls and Straight Man and Nobody’s Fool, but I could not make it through Bridge of Sighs to save my life. I finally gave up when I was close to the halfway mark. I may go back to it someday…

  4. Sometimes a good Christie is just what you need and no mistake. I had a real slump a week ago (and more) and it was Christie that worked wonders for me, and a real romp it was too.

    Keep on with Pilcrow its 100% worth it!

  5. I have methodically rented Miss Marple movies (with Maggie Rutherford??) called Murder at the Gallop, Murder Ahoy, Murder, She Said, etc. They are fabulous and fun. I need to pick up some Agatha Christie next time I’m at the library.

    I read Empire Falls and just really really did not like Russo’s writing style. I feel he is a very self conscious writer – at least I am very conscious of his persona when reading.

  6. Trudge: that’s exactly the word I used to describe my experience of reading through 3/4 of Russo’s Empire Falls. I was distinctly unimpressed and only kept on because a reading friend had wholeheartedly recommended his writing. Around that point, however, I realized that the characters had taken hold in ways I wasn’t even aware of, and I ended up feeling quietly and powerfully satisfied at the end of it. When I try another (and I definitely will), I will be approaching it as more of a sprawling read.

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