Prelude to a Certain Midnight

Prelude to a Certain Midnight Gerald Kersh
  • Title: Prelude to a Certain Midnight
  • Author: Gerald Kersh
  • ISBN: 9781596542341
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • Prelude to a Certain Midnight Gerald Kersh Prelude to a Certain Midnight In London under the fog of war a year old Jewish girl is murdered The police have no clues and little interest so crusader Asta Thundesley takes up the challenge sifting through clues and gather
    In London under the fog of war, a 10 year old Jewish girl is murdered The police have no clues and little interest, so crusader Asta Thundesley takes up the challenge, sifting through clues and gathering up suspects for a dinner party where nothing is learned Detective Turpin goes by the book, and finds himself with a stunning set of dead ends Fascinating exampleIn London under the fog of war, a 10 year old Jewish girl is murdered The police have no clues and little interest, so crusader Asta Thundesley takes up the challenge, sifting through clues and gathering up suspects for a dinner party where nothing is learned Detective Turpin goes by the book, and finds himself with a stunning set of dead ends Fascinating example of life s perils by author Kersh Night and the City , who reminds for every winner, there can be a ton of losers First published 1947.
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    About Gerald Kersh


    1. Gerald Kersh was born in Teddington on Thames, near London, and, like so many writers, quit school to take on a series of jobs salesman, baker, fish and chips cook, nightclub bouncer, freelance newspaper reporter and at the same time was writing his first two novels.In 1937, his third published novel, Night and the City, hurled him into the front ranks of young British writers Twenty novels later Kersh created his personal masterpiece, Fowler s End, regarded by many as one of the outstanding novels of the century He also, throughout his long career, wrote than 400 short stories and over 1,000 articles.Once a professional wrestler, Kersh also fought with the Coldstream Guards in World War II His account of infantry training They Die With Their Boots Clean 1941 , became an instant best seller during that war.After traveling over much of the world, he became an American citizen, living quietly in Cragsmoor, in a remote section of the Shawangunk Mountains in New York State He died in Kingston, NY, in 1968 Biography compiled from Nightmares Damnations and Fantastic Fiction.


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    1. I d been wanting to read a Gerald Kersh novel for some time I d enjoyed several short stories in the past few years stories that were often of a rather fantastic and strange nature, and knew that his novel Night and the City was the basis for the superb noir film of the same name starring Richard Widmark at his sleazy and energetic best It interested me, too, that kersh was harlan Ellison s favourite writer It seems that he s not very read today, and based on my experiences so far, I d say that [...]

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    2. There s something about you that invites violence Another example of brash, honest and wickedly smart writing from Kersh It s obvious that the man had a voracious appetite for life, and really saw the world and all the types of people cluttering it up for what it was and this is what separates him from many, many other and well known authors the bookish, retiring types whittling away at novels filled with literary style, but devoid of real human substance Which Kersh filled his books with, fill [...]

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    3. On the surface, this novel is a murder mystery about the search for the killer of a little girl in 1930s London But the murder is really just a launching pad for a gritty and blackly comic exploration of the city s underbelly and the seedy characters who live there Even Asta Thundersly, the woman on a mission to uncover the killer and one of the most memorable characters I ve encountered in a novel in a very long time , is not especially likeable she s every bit the battle axe that is her nickna [...]

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    4. Back in 1953, Prelude to a Certain Midnight must have unsettled the regular readers of Mystery and Crime Penguins since, although there is a murder, a detective, and a murderer, it is not a whodunnit the real mystery being why Asta Thundersley slapped Catchy, which is ultimately resolved in a quite unexpected and thought provoking way The novel is mainly set in the London of 1935 or thereabouts and Kersh has fun caricaturing the regulars of the Bar Bacchus One faded beauty has eyes that look lik [...]

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    5. This is an odd book Structurally it s maddening, seeming to follow no discernible narrative structure The details are sometimes fascinating, sometimes dull The digressions are frequent and extensive for a 200 page book And yet I can t say I didn t enjoy the book at all.

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    6. I liked the first chapter of this book a lot and that encouraged me to go on with it this is my first taste of Kersh s work It went quickly downhill from there Ostensibly it s a murder mystery who killed little Sonia Sabbatani in the fog in 193os London but really it s just an excuse for Kersh to introduce a bewilderingly large cast of implausible and unpleasant bohemian characters with very implausible names Cigarette, Sir Storrington Thirst, Tom Beano or Shocket the Bloodsucker anyone and then [...]

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    7. Niall Martin s brief description has this book cold I would add that the novel is loosely organized almost to the point of incoherence, since much of it consists of a series of grotesque character sketches of the denizens of London s Bohemia Kersh seems intent on settling scores with old acquaintances than anything else, but the writing is so lively and amusing that one usually forgets the novel s other shortcomings.

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    8. Gerald Kersh was a unique talent he wrote like nobody else, he sometimes attained perfection in his short stories while most of his novels tend to fall apart at some point after promising beginnings Prelude to a Certain Midnight is the exception It delivers the special Kersh flavor right to the end.

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    9. incoherent and difficult to followfull review here0651frombrighton.u

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