Mailbox Monday – 7/9

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

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We stopped by BookMarx, our local used bookstore, the other day and I picked up two short classics.

Mailbox Monday – 7/9Beowulf by Anonymous
Published by New American Library on 1963 (first published 975)
Source: Purchased
Genres: Classic, Poetry
Pages: 158
Format: Paperback
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Beowulf is the earliest extant poem in a modern European language. It was composed in England four centuries before the Norman Conquest. As a social document this great epic poem is invaluable- reflecting a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory, life and death. As a work of art it is quite unique; Beowulf rings with a beauty, power, and artistry that have kept it alive for more than twelve centuries. The noble simplicity of Beowulf's anonymous Anglo-Saxon singer is recaptured in this vivid translation by Burton Raffel.

Mailbox Monday – 7/9The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Published by Arcturus on August 15, 2016 (first published March 10, 1866)
Source: Purchased
Genres: Classic
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
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Alexei Ivanovich is tutor to a Russian family in a German spa town. They are bankrupt and are awaiting the death of their wealthy Grandmother. Alexei falls in love twice, first with Polina and second with the game of roulette. His addiction is shared by Grandmother who suddenly appears alive, and willing to gamble down to her last banknote.

I also purchased one Audible book a week or two ago, but it never made it on Mailbox Monday post.

Mailbox Monday – 7/9The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Narrator: Rory Kinnear
Published by HarperAudio on June 5, 2018
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery
Length: 9 hrs 2 min
Format: Audiobook
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The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

A woman crosses a London street.

It is just after 11 a.m. on a bright spring morning, and she is going into a funeral parlor to plan her own service.

Six hours later the woman is dead, strangled with a crimson curtain cord in her own home.

Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric man as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. And Hawthorne has a partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, curious about the case and looking for new material.

As brusque, impatient, and annoying as Hawthorne can be, Horowitz - a seasoned hand when it comes to crime stories - suspects the detective may be on to something, and is irresistibly drawn into the mystery. But as the case unfolds, Horowitz realizes he's at the center of a story he can't control...and that his brilliant partner may be hiding dark and mysterious secrets of his own.


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