Reading Status Updates
20 of 1350 Minutes
Slight change of plan … I guess I have a row to catch up on after all now! (4th row on my card.)
215 of 1350 Minutes
“‘I’ve heard … that there may be photographs.’
‘Photographs,” repeated Strike.
“Winn can’t have them, of course. If he had it would be all over. But he might be able to find a way of getting hold of them, yes.’ He shoved the last piece of tarte in his mouth, then said, ‘Of course, there’s a chance the photographs don’t incriminate me. There are no distinguishing marks, so far as I’m aware.’
Strike’s imagination frankly boggled. He yearned to ask, ‘Distinguishing marks on what, Minister?’, but refrained.”
Bwahahaha — don’t tell me Rowling has somehow anticipated l’affaire champignon (mushroom)? Well, of sorts, anyway? Not that Britain doesn’t have a rich history of its own as far as these, um, situations are concerned …
1000 of 1350 Minutes
“Geraint was representing me at that event and it will go the way it always goes in the press when it all comes out. It will have been my fault, all of it. Because men’s crimes are always ours in the final analysis, aren’t they, Mr. Strike? Ultimate responsibility always lies with the woman — who should have stopped it. Who should have acted. Who must have known. Your failings are really our failings, aren’t they? Because the proper role of the woman is carer, and there is nothing lower in this whole world than a bad mother.”
Well, well, Joanne.
1025 of 1350 Minutes
Well, good for you, Robin. This was long overdue. I hope this time you’re going to really go through with it.
1350 of 1350 Minutes
Wow. What a book.
On BookLikes, I had the following exchange with my friend Moonlight Reader regarding Robin’s story arc in book 3 of the series (Career of Evil) and book 4 (Lethal White):
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When you were praising Robin in your review for book 2, that made me really curious how you were going to respond to this book. Because you’re not the only one who wanted to slap her more than a few times in this one … I spent the better part of the book being furious at her. — That said, I never thought of Michael as a suspect … just a major irritation (and a completely unnecessary complication in Robin’s life).
My thinking of Matthew as a suspect was extremely brief, and didn’t make any sense. It was just one of things where I was like “could it be Shanker?” “could it be the police officer?” “could it be Matthew…” and then I immediately rejected it.
I was mad at Robin, but I can’t deny that her behavior represents a certain reality – young women get carried along into first marriages that they know will be a disaster pretty regularly, because they can’t figure out how to jump off the train that has left the station. [….]
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There’s no question that Rowling has RL down pat in her characters — first and foremost, both Robin and Strike (and now I *really* want to see your response to book 4, in turn). I was chiefly mad at Robin because of her irresponsible behavior on the job — allowances for past history included; still, her whole set of expectations of Strike, of herself, of what she thought was due to her and what she could accomplish were so wildly off the mark and, more importantly, a serious risk to the whole operation, and to both her and Strike’s lives. But, yeah, of course I was yelling at her to get rid of Michael as well.
[…] And you’re right of course; there’s frequently a whole lot of (well-intentioned, but in fact fatal) social pressure going on in these types of situations. The way Rowling portrayed that was part of what I really liked about this book.