Seleya, how's the formatting on that edition? I've got a young friend who wants to read it and I thought to send him a gift as he does use Kindle. But I thought I'd heard, when it first came out, that there were OCR problems.
In that case, have you tried The Child Thief by Brom yet, a dark, spooky retelling of the Peter Pan story?Seleya said:As anticipated, my third book for the year is The Woodcutter
I've always loved fairy tales and I also enjoy going 'behind the scenes' so to speak, analizing motifs and archetipes and reading older versions of the same tale or similar tales from a different background.
The date is probably important...It may have affected Rex Stout's perceptions. I didn't know much about Stout, but I see he was born in 1886. So he was probably affected by some national events here that took place in his youth....In 1898, America went to war with Spain, primarily over Cuba. The original agitation for war concerned Spanish mistreatment of Cubans, and it became much worse when the US battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor for no obvious reason. Newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst used his chain of newspapers to relentlessly beat the drum for war over the alleged abuse of Cubans, and when the Maine blew up, he relentlessly pushed the idea that the Spanish had deliberately blown up the Maine with a mine. So the United States fought a war with Spain, which we won handily, and Spain gave up colonies in Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam. But the non-stop propaganda demonizing the Spanish surely had a long-term effect on how people alive at the time viewed the Spanish (and Stout would have been twelve or so, old enough to understand it and be very impressionable). Of course, the old argument that you must not put the words of his characters in a writers mouth may also apply. It's quite possible Stout had a more cosmopolitan attitude personally, but may have written Archie's thoughts that way because he thought many people would see a Spaniard that way, or he may just have thought it would appeal to his readers. I know nothing of him, and I've never read any of his work.Seleya said:I do realize that Fer-de-Lance was published in 1934 and that sensibilities back then were quite different, but I feel way more at ease with the attitudes of Watson and Sherlock Holmes than I do with Archie Goodwin.