Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Ticket to the Boneyard

One more QOTM from the 8th Matt Scudder book:

Life, I'd heard someone say, is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. It seemed to me that it was both at once, even for those of us who don't do much of either.

-A Ticket to the Boneyard
Lawrence Block

The trailer is now out for the film of A Walk Among the Tombstones. Don't watch the trailer if you don't want to know the story for the first hour and a half of the film. I hate it when they do that. It looks plenty dark, so at least they got that right, but with more action than I associate with Scudder. Usually a lot of bad things happen but mostly off screen (off page?) and we see more of Scudder's reaction than the the actual violence. I haven't read that book yet so maybe it has more gunshots than is typical. But it also incorporates (according to the trailer) the story of the shooting that lead to him leaving the police, and which has been related as a memory in other books. That tops up the gun count.

T wo things that really stand out in the Scudder books, and that make them stand out: Scudder's philosophical musings, and the city of New York as a character in itself. I'm wondering how those will come across in the film, or whether they've been sacrificed for plot. I suspect that at least the first will be largely absent, but it would be a very different movie otherwise. Probably a lot longer and less popular and while I may enjoy it, they don't make movies just for me. Unfortunately.

A Week in the Boneyard...

When the aspirin and coffee kicked in I walked a few blocks and bought a paper. I carried it back to the Flame and ordered some solid food. By the time it came all the physical symptoms of the hangover were gone. I still felt a profound weariness of the spirit, but I would just have to learn to live with that.

-A Ticket to the Boneyard
Lawrence Block

I've decided that this week is Scudder Week.

I don't think I really need to explain that.

Although someone should explain the terrible covers Scudder had suffered from down the years. My copy is the top one, by Orion. Some in the series are alright but not Boneyard, and none of them are great. The man deserves better. But did he ever get it? Did he ever get what he deserves?

No. No, I don't think he did. I don't think any of us ever do. I'll wake up tomorrow just the same.