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Discuss "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett

Since Halloween falls on the last Thursday of the month, which means everyone's going to be busy with (a) parties or (b) neighborhood trick-or-treating, I thought it'd be a good idea to move our usual meet to the Wednesday night before.

As for the subject ... well, I figured we should go with something in the mystery / suspense genre, and when it comes to classics in this vein there's nothing quite like Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, one of the progenitors of the "hardboiled detective" subgenre.

Now I will grant you: you'll be tempted to, instead of actually read the book, watch the 1941 movie with Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. After all, the movie is in fact one of the few adaptations of a novel that's actually quite faithful to the original source material.

Seriously, however, you should read the book. There are a few significant differences between the book and the movie that will be worth discussing, among other points.

Last month, one of our members had suggested that we do a book-movie night, but having given it some thought, I decided that it would be a bit too much of a deviation from our group's purpose of discussing good books over beer.

UPDATE (27 Sep 2013):  due to the high number of RSVPs, the Meetup venue has been changed to the Royal Oak Pub on Laurier Avenue, across from the University of Ottawa (accessible via the Campus Transitway station).

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  • philip G.

    Yes, thank you Victor. Good choice of venue and book.

    October 31, 2013

  • Sheila

    Lots of fun, wonderful crowd. Thanks Victor for making it happen!

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Noah g.

    Overestimated my speed of academic work :-(

    October 19, 2013

  • Michael B.

    I love Hammet! Looking forward to this one... :)

    July 24, 2013

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