RARA-AVIS: Memories of Spenser

From: William Denton ( wtd@pobox.com)
Date: 29 Jun 2005

I had an odd experience today. I'm working near where I had a summer job almost twenty years ago, and on my way to get lunch today I walked along the central boulevard of University Avenue, a major street in downtown Toronto. There's a stretch where the middle part is itself about two lanes wide; some of it is covered in grass and trees, some is cement benches and paving stones, and there are some war monuments. For the middle of a busy street on a hellishly hot day, it's pretty pleasant.

I remembered sitting out there, on a day almost as hot, in 1988, completely engrossed in an early Spenser novel by Robert Parker. I can't remember which one, and I don't have it any more, but it might have been the first, THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT. I'd had a low opinion of the books because of the TV series, but never actually read one, and when I did, I loved it. I was really happy to find a series I could dig into.

After that, I read several more Spenser books, and gradually got sick of them. It's been over ten years since I read one now, but whichever one I was reading in 1988, it grabbed me hard. When the weather's cooled off a bit I'll take another book by a new writer and so sit in the same place.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : www.miskatonic.org : www.frbr.org

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