- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: Bantam USA; New edition edition (28 Sept. 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553120743
- ISBN-13: 978-0553120745
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,484,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
So Blue Marble Paperback – 28 Sep 1979
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'An author with a flair for terror' The New Yorker. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Dorothy B. Hughes was an acclaimed crime novelist and literary critic, her style falling into the hard-boiled and noir genres of mystery writing. Born in Kansas City, she studied journalism at the University of Missouri, and her initial literary output consisted of collections of poetry. Hughes' first mystery novel, The So Blue Marble, was published in 1940 and was hailed as the arrival of a great new talent in the field. Her writing proved to be both critically and commercially successful, and three of her novels - The Fallen Sparrow, Ride the Pink Horse and In a Lonely Place - were made into major films. Hughes' taught, suspenseful detective novels are reminiscent of the work of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding and fellow The Murder Room author Margaret Millar. In 1951, Hughes was awarded an Edgar award for Outstanding Mystery Criticism and, in 1978, she received the Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America. She died in Oregon in 1993. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I didn't believe in any of the characters and found their strangely casual behaviour quite baffling.
This is an early work and it shows. However, I don't regret reading it, as I still enjoyed the evocation of New York in the early 1940s. Also, although the book had many faults, at least it wasn't predictable.
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The truly bizarre fixation upon strange combinations of expensive food (lobster salad and coffee)? Even more worth reading.
Random insertions of animals used as verbs ("The bus elephanted its way up the street")? OK, you've got me.
The fact that the marble is blue? So blue? So very, very blue? And you're reminded of this pretty much every three paragraphs? Bring this puppy on.
If you're looking for a good mystery, or a good romance, or a good suspenseful romance, you're probably not looking for this book. If you're looking for a snapshot in time for when this was considered the height of luxury and aspiration for housewives everywhere? You're on the right track.
If you're looking for something with incredible dramatic reading potential, have you ever found the right book.
I originally read this book while on a canoe trip in northern Ontario, around the fire in the evenings, out loud, and it is just as delightfully bizarre now as it was 15 years ago. Make your book club read it. Make your friends read it. Read it to them until they run away from you. They'll come back to hear the next chapter, I promise. Oh, and as raciness goes... I think she might touch his hand once. With a bare hand. Don't clutch your pearls too hard!
It really is about a marble. You know, the kind kids play with only smaller. Centuries of legend have endowed this particular trinket with indescribable value and many have died in their quest to possess it. Griselda Satterlee, a former actress turned fashion designer, while visiting New York finds herself pursued by malevolent forces who believe she holds the key to obtaining the marble.
This novel is a hodgepodge of romance, international crime and Arabian nights inspired myth. The two main villains are bizarre, dandified twin brothers who would be more at home in the comic strip/book worlds of Dick Tracy or Batman. Nothing about The So Blue Marble bears any relationship with reality. The plot is completely nonsensical and the murders keep piling up even though the identity of the killers is well known.
It really is hard to describe how horrid this novel is. Do yourself a big favor and make it a point to avoid this literary atrocity like the plague. Not recommended.