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Taiga?s True Views: The Language of Landscape Painting in Eighteenth-Century Japan by Melinda Takeuchi (1994-06-01)
Melinda Takeuchi
The History of England, Vol 2
David Hume
The History of Scepticism: From Savonarola to Bayle
Richard H. Popkin
Cicero: On Moral Ends (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Raphael Woolf, Julia Annas
Das Goldene Vlies: Dramatisches Gedicht in Drei Abteilungen
Franz Grillparzer
Euripides IV: Rhesus / The Suppliant Women / Orestes / Iphigenia in Aulis
Charles R. Walker, Frank William Jones, William Arrowsmith, David Grene, Euripides, Richmond Lattimore
Notes from Underground & The Double
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jesse Coulson
The World of Thought in Ancient China
Benjamin I. Schwartz
The Last Generation of the Roman Republic
Erich S. Gruen
The Legend of Gold and Other Stories
William J. Tyler, Jun Ishikawa, Ishikawa Jun

A Country of Old Men , by Joseph Hansen

A Country of Old Men - Joseph Hansen

In this final volume of the Dave Brandstetter series one finds all the elements that made the series gripping: believable, colorful characters; precise descriptions of the southern Californian setting and the particular social milieusentering into the story; interesting, twisting plots and investigations which maintained one's interest. But, as with other readers (judging by the comments made here in earlier reviews), the central attraction of the series is the character of Dave Brandstetter himself. It was a real pleasure to be in the presence of his large-heartedness and personal integrity. Brandstetter had so much love and commitment for his friends - even for most of the strangers he met - and received so much back from them. Indeed, even if he was approaching 70 years of age, he was in a completely enviable position at any stage of life - loving friends; the respect of his peers; as much money as any human being could spend; not to mention an intelligent, attractive lover one-third his age. So, Joseph, why the devil did he become suicidal??! Yes, close friends of his were dead or dying; yes, he was no longer at the mental and physical peak of his life; yes, he did not want to die a long and lingering death. Frankly, the weighing of pros and cons is rather one-sidedly obvious here.


Could it simply be that you wanted to end the series in an irrevocable manner - you had simply grown tired of the character? Or, was one of the main secondary characters in this book speaking for you when he said that the detective novels he had been writing for most of his career are unimportant, and he wanted to write something significant - autobiographical novels. Which, in fact, is exactly what you then did, Joseph. That is fine, Joe; everyone must make his own choices. But I must say that I find it mean-spirited of you to kill Dave off as you did. So, for me, Dave is still enjoying his meals at Max's, is still helping friends and strangers, and is still spending every night in Cecil's arms after a glass or two of Glenlivet...