Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Circular Staircase...

I picked up the book, The Circular Staircase, for a dollar or two at a tiny antique shop in a tiny little town near us, quite a few months ago. It's not my typical fare by any means--i.e. quite a few characters get "knocked off"-- but if I could read it...just about anyone could.

I'm sure you wouldn't find it as deliciously frightening as I did. I'm a big baby when it comes to anything even the least bit tinged with something "scary".

Though I consider Laura one of my favorite movies, I have to admit, I thought I would have a heart attack during the final scene the first time I saw it. *chuckle*

Two cousins were over and we were up very late watching movies. The house was dark and quiet and just as the scariest bits of the movie were flashing across the screen... the creepy-crawliest feeling scampered across the back of my neck. With the dreadful feeling of just knowing someone was stealthfully hiding beneath the dining room table, I took a flying l-e-a-p off of the couch, and landed right between my two surprised cousins who were at the time sitting on the floor. I couldn't bear to I finished out the movie peeking between my fingertips!

I hate to admit, but The Circular Staircase scared the wit's out of me, too, one night, when I suddenly found myself in my the dark...after "waking" from my engrossed "delve" between its blue covers. *chuckle*

Certainly not one of my beloved favorite is good and ever-so-fun, nevertheless. Here's a short excerpt from the beginning of the book. The author has such a quirky, dry sense of humor...this paragraph quite took me by surprise!

Halsey required less personal supervision, and as they both got their mother's fortune that winter, my responsibility became purely moral. Halsey bought a car, of course, and I learned how to tie over my bonnet a gray baize veil, and after a time, never to stop to look at the dogs one has run down.

People are apt to be so unpleasant about their dogs.


Eleree said...

I think a movie was made of that. It sounds exciting!:)

Laura is a really good movie too. I need to watch it again.


Eve said...

I loved Laura. The thing I remember the most though, is one of the main stars, George Sanders...later killed himself. Here is the note they found by the body:

"Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck"

I just found it so sad.

I did see the staircase movie but I'll bet the book was probably better. They usually are.

Anonymous said...

Mary Roberts Rinehart is a fun classic mystery writer. You might also like, "The Wall". Known as one of her best. Cool setting...although maybe a bit to scary:)