Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

I have something of a love/hate relationship with film noir. Love the gritty aesthetic, fast pace, and plot twists, hate the sexism. Naturally, this relationship extends to the detective novels, many of which were published by Dashiell Hammett, that said films are based on. Last week, I decided to give The Maltese Falcon a try, as I'd heard so many good things about it. My reaction? Typical. I found it mostly enjoyable, especially since it was such a fast read, but just couldn't get past all the sexism. Meh. 2 out of 5 stars.

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