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The Thursday murder club (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Richard Osman

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Teoksen nimi:The Thursday murder club
Kirjailijat:Richard Osman
Info:London : Penguin Books, 2020.
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The Thursday Murder Club (tekijä: Richard Osman) (2020)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 64) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Sunday night TV: the book. Enjoyable in the mildly engaging way expected after a big roast a couple of glasses. Diverting without being challenging and I think I'll tap out of the incipient series here.
1 ääni thenumeraltwo | Jun 9, 2021 |
A unique plot and story involving very real people living in a senior center. At times laugh out loud funny and always deeply revealing. Ideally listened to in audio for maximum benefit. ( )
  JoeB1934 | Jun 7, 2021 |
The Thursday Murder Club - Osman
Audio performance by Lesley Manville - 4.5 stars

This was so much fun. It checked all the boxes of a good, relaxing mystery. The setting is a very upscale retirement community, the Cooper’s Chase Retirement Village. The amature detectives are a cadre of septugenarians. I enjoyed these characters. I loved Elizabeth. She is a retired secret agent who retains her contacts and her skills. She defies every stereotype of an elderly lady. She is the moving force behind the unofficial, but very active, investigations of cold cases. When two local murders occur in the vicinity of the village the group turns their attention to the immediate crisis.

The plot is full of red herrings. The four friends infiltrate the local police department; staying one step ahead of the official investigation through back door contacts, some sleight of hand, and a series of slightly madcap adventures. (I was reminded of the nursing home sequence of Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas). But, it wasn’t all fun and games. The humor is well balanced with poignant moments of friendship and profound grief. There are the obvious acts of violence, but the book does not have a dark atmosphere. The murders and even the red herrings are all solved to the satisfaction of the club members. A good ending with a lead in to a sequel. I’m looking forward to it. ( )
  msjudy | May 30, 2021 |
I really wanted and expected to enjoy this book. The premise was delightful and it sounded like a fun and quirky read…just the kind of stuff I scoop up with a spoon!

Then I actually started reading it, and my enthusiasm waned with a noticeable jolt very early on. I did actually manage to finish the book. It was, however, a disappointing and very unsatisfying read.

There are three elements that made this book more of an unpleasant read than an enjoyable one.

1) At the end of the day, all of the main characters (from the members of The Thursday Murder Club themselves to the police detectives working the case) were thoroughly unlikeable. There is often a fine line between quirky and irritating, and these characters managed to cross way, way over that line.

There is the middle-aged police detective who is constantly (& I do mean constantly) whining about his waistline and his divorce.

Then there is the loudmouthed former union leader who is forever picking a fight about everything and never shuts up. He reminded me of the obnoxious uncle who shows up at a family wedding uninvited and makes a colossal spectacle of himself when everyone avoids him and tries to pretend he’s not there—the character was THAT level of annoying.

And who can forget Elizabeth, the supposed former spy, who manages to butt in and always get her way by means of blackmail, lies, threats, extortion, the calling in of “favors,” or generally just by being a nagging battleaxe. Who couldn’t fall in love with that? *sarcasm*

That high level of aggravating obnoxiousness is par for the course with all the characters in this novel, and that incessant onslaught of aggravating obnoxiousness is hard to stomach through four hundred pages.

2) Sadly, like most British authors past and present, Richard Osman indulges in an all-too-obvious hatred & revulsion for the Irish and for Catholics.

Whether it is the priests who gloat over the millions they are going to rake in after the sale of a dying convent, or the faithless Irishman who enters the priesthood out of boredom and a desperate attempt to flee Ireland for the glorious shores of England, or the skanky nun who finds herself impregnated by the priest and hangs herself when confronted by the smug Mother Superior, Osman’s arrogant attitudes and prejudices pervade throughout this book.

It’s not the content of the storyline that is bothersome; it is the tone Osman assumes while writing it. It is intentionally derisive and, therefore, in very poor taste. He clearly revels in the unabashed mockery he aims directly at the Irish, at Catholics, and at Irish Catholics in particular.

One would hope that this kind of bigotry and condescension would be unacceptable by now, but it is alive and well in contemporary British literature—including The Thursday Murder Club. It’s unnecessary, it’s offensive, and it gets irksome very quickly.

3) Like so many younger people, Richard Osman’s depiction of “old” people is crippled by stereotypes and his preconceived notions of what it means to be old. It renders his book a caricature of old people and of retirement communities, rather than reflecting a genuine sense of reality.

The Thursday Murder Club is comprised of retirees ranging in age from early 70s to mid 80s. They are surrounded by dementia, obsessed with dementia, & focused on their own imminent deaths. While waiting anxiously for death & maniacally trying to fill their few remaining hours with activity and meaning, they are continuously referring to their advanced ages and ailments.

Being “elderly” is not what it used to be, and Osman’s representations are certainly not my experience with people over the age of 65. Many relatives of mine are more than twice my age and living in 55+ retirement communities. Most of them & their cronies enjoy better health and have more active and more interesting lives than I (or most of my friends) do.

Dementia is a worry for almost everyone of any age, but no one I know (young or old) spends their time obsessing over it the way Osman’s characters do.

Unless they are of extremely advanced years (95+) or in seriously declining health, few people are as fixated on the daily specter of death the way Osman’s old people are.

And I can’t imagine any real people going around randomly announcing their ages to the world for no reason, but Osman’s characters do. “I’m eighty-five!” Ron Ritchie proclaims to everyone for no apparent reason; “I’m seventy-two!” writes Joyce, again without any obvious purpose. After reading this book, I asked a few relatives ‘of a certain age’ when they last spontaneously broadcast their ages to the world, and they all looked at me like I had lost my mind.

In addition to the irritating characters, the anti-Irish & anti-Catholic sentiments, and the cartoonish stereotypes of old people, the conclusion of the book was a disorganized free-for-all.
There were loose ends and random confessions flying all over the place.

Towards the final few chapters, my eyes began to glaze over and I found myself starting to teeter into that unpleasant no-man’s-land of the voracious reader— skimming! In the end, there were a lot of solutions to a lot of different plots & subplots, and I found that I was no longer the least bit interested in any of them. ( )
  missterrienation | May 18, 2021 |
Read for Bookclub- Better than expected, it was an easy read and very unique in its mixture of characters and plot. Quite enjoyable although rather ridiculous at times. Oddly satisfying. ( )
  Annievdm | May 17, 2021 |
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