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خانم Blandish - مزدور بی گناه، نفیس و آسیب پذیر - توسط یک باند از کت های بی رحم ربوده شده است که هرگز سعی در جرم بزرگ در زمان. آدم ربایان خود را از دست داده و میلیون دلاری را از دست می دهند.

هنگامی که دیو فینر استخدام شد تا ربایان بلندی را استخدام کند، او می دانست که در پیدا کردن دختران علیه او - پلیس هنوز به دنبال او سه ماه پس از پرداخت جریمه بود. و ربایندگان، رایلی و باند او، در هوا نازک ناپدید شده بودند. اما چیزی که هیچ کدام از آنها نمی دانست این بود که خودش توسط رایانه ای رقیب از بین رفته بود - و اکنون وارث وی به دست مای گریسون و پسرش اسلیم، قاتل شریری بود که نمی توانست از زنان بیرون برود ... به ویژه زیبای او اسیر جدید با گذشت زمان Fenner شروع به بستن در آنها، برخی از چیزهای وحشتناک به خانم Blandish اتفاق افتاده بود ...


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این رمان از اون داستانهایی نیست که شما رو با خودش همراه میکنه تا به دنبال جنایتکار بگردید بلکه از همون اول با جنایتکارها شروع میشه و دقیقا میدونید چه اتفاقی داره می افته و نویسنده هیچ جا نخواسته بهتون بگه آهان!دیدی اشتباه میکردی؟دیدی نتونستی حدس بزنی که چی قراره بشه؟
شخصیت‌پردازی خیلی خیلی خوب بود،برداشت من اینه که تو اکثر رمانهای پلیسی شخصیت‌های زن بیشتر نقش دکور رو دارن اما اینجا علاوه بر شخصیت‌های دکوری ماما گریسون رو داریم که رهبر یه گروه جنایتکاره،یا خود دوشیزه بلندیش.
دیدی که نویسنده به جنایت و جنایتکار و قربانی جنایت داشت درخور توجه بود،دقتی که به حالت روانی شخصیت ها به خصوص قربانی داشت عالی بود.مثلا یه جا هست که دوشیزه بلندیش وقتی فرصت فرار براش فراهم شده به کسی که این فرصت رو براش فراهم کرده میگه که میخواد تا آخرین لحظه‌ی زندگیش پیش اون آدم ربایی که این چند ماه رو زندانیش کرده و باهاش گذرونده بمونه و یا وضعیتش بعد از آزادی و ....
ترجمه‌ی کتاب هم از اون دست ترجمه‌های روون بود که مترجم خیلی جاها از اصطلاحات و معادلات کاملا فارسی استفاده کرده بدون اینکه مثل بعضی ترجمه ها که همین کار رو کردن آدم حس کنه تو متن داستان دست برده مترجم،یه جاهایی کیف میکردم از این ترجمه.مثلا از @جانا سخن از زبان ما میگویی@و اینجور عبارات استفاده کرده بدون اینکه تو ذوق بزنه و البته عبارت اصلی رو هم تو پاورقی آورده.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
ماما گريسون زني بود تنومند ، با هيكلي بي‌اندازه چاق و گوشت‌آلود. گوشت صورتش مثل دو كيسه شل از دو گونه‌اش آويزان بود. موهاي چين‌دارش به رنگ مشكي تند نامطبوعي رنگ شده بود. چشمان ريز براق‌اش مثل شيشه سرد و بي‌حالت بود. يك پيراهن كثيف توري به رنگ كرم پوشيده بود. بازوهاي عظيم‌اش با آن رگ‌هاي خوني برجسته رگه‌رگه. لابلاي شبكه توري پيراهن‌اش ، مانند خميري كه از صافي رد شده باشد ، بيرون زده بودند. از نظر جسماني به اندازه يك مرد قوي بود. پيرزن زشت و ترسناكي بود و همه افراد دار و دسته‌اش از جمله اسليم ، به شدت از او مي‌ترسيدند.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Its probably the best book by James Hadley Chase. A very well written book; unputdownable, and one of the best crime thriller novels of all time. Villain is unforgettable, and so does Miss Blandish.

Its one of the Le Mondes 100 Books of the Century.

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”Slim, still grinning, held the knife-point just below Riley’s navel and put his weight on the handle. The knife went in slowly as if it were going into butter. Riley drew his lips back. HIs mouth opened. There was a long hiss of expelled breath as he stood there. Tears sprang from his eyes. Slim stepped back, leaving the black hilt of the knife growing out of Riley like a horrible malformation. Riley began to give low, quavering cries. His knees were buckling but the cord held him up. His weight on the ropes pushed the knife handle up so that the blade slowly cut deeper inside him.
Slim sat on the grass a few feet away and gave himself a cigarette. He pushed his hat over his eyes and squinted at Riley.
‘Take your time, Pal, We ain’t in a hurry.’ He gave him a crooked smile as his fingers traced the sky. ‘Ain’t them clouds pretty?’


@JamesHadleyChase_zps467e7379@

Slim Grissom is a psychopath. His tendencies for cruelty manifested themselves when he was still in grade school. He cut up small animals, and tortured little girls. He liked to inflict pain. James Hadley Chase created Slim Grissom. He was a bookseller in London when he decided to write a hardboiled American gangster novel. With the help of an American slang dictionary and books on the criminal world of America he wrote his first novel, No Orchids for Miss Blandish, over six weekends. Published in 1939 the book become one of the best-sold books of the decade. It was made into a play and was filmed in 1948 by a British film crew. In 1971 under the name, The Grissom Gang, the American version directed by Robert Aldrich was released. The book hit a nerve.

I’m still picking the GRIT out of my teeth.

Two guys named Riley and Bailey had this idea to steal the Blandish necklace worth fifty thousand dollars. The necklace turns out to be attached to the beautiful daughter of one of the richest men in the state. As tends to happen when stupid people plan a crime everything goes wrong and they end up with the girl and the necklace.

”I know these rich girls,” Bailey complained, his upper lip curling in disgust. “They don’t know what they’re here for.”

Now when two-bit thieves step up to a kidnapping they tend to get over their heads in a hurry. As you have already experienced from the opening quote to this review Slim Grissom and his gang get in on the action. They take the girl and bring her home to Mom. Ma Grissom, the leader of this nefarious organization, is as ugly as Miss Blandish is beautiful.

”From her chair, Ma Grissom soaked Miss Blandish into her brain. She was both transfixed and irritated by her beauty. Ma was a hulking contrast to the girl. Ma Grissom was big, grossly fat and lumpy. Flesh hung in two loose sacks either side of her chin. Her crinkly hair was dyed a hard, dull black. Her little eyes were glittering and as impersonal as glass. Her big floppy chest sparkled with cheap jewelry. She wore a dirty cream colored lace dress. Her huge arms, mottled with veins, bulged through the lace network like dough compressed in a sieve. Physically she was as powerful as a man. She was a hideous old woman, and every member of the gang, including Slim, was afraid of her.”

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Ma Grissom from the 1971 movie

Ma has a plan on how to get the money and get away clean, but Slim unexpectedly throws a monkey wrench into the carefully designed scheme. He decides he wants to keep the girl. Now this takes everyone by surprise because he’s never shown any interest in girls except as creatures weaker than him that he could inflict pain upon. Miss Blandish is beautiful “like something out of a story book” and she is brittle, helpless and most importantly she is in his grasp.

Slim gets his way.

”The naked lamp, swinging in the ceiling, suddenly went out. The darkness came down on her like a smothering blanket. She felt his cold hands turning her on her back so that she lay across the bed, her head hanging over the side. Her hair hung an inch off the dirty carpet. She stared up into the blackness, the tears welling up in her eyes and running down her face. The hot air of the room suddenly rushed over her body and a cruel and impossible weight pinned her to the crumbling sheets. Her resistance was gone, hidden by a heavy cloud that wrapped her brain. She whispered to him a small, panic-ridden voice. ”You’re hurting me...”

@LIndenTravers_zps75cc1b3c@
Linden Travers who played Miss Blandish in the 1948 movie version

Yes... at this point in the book I found my hand over my mouth. I was having trouble catching my breath. The cruelty of the moment, of someone who had grown up in this bubble of security finding herself in an impossible situation that she is left shattered unable to even fathom how or why her life took such a sad and sordid turn.

Chase received the attention of the literary establishment in particular by George Orwell who wrote an essay highlighting the virtues of this book. He even compares No Orchids for Miss Blandish with William Faulkner’s work.

”To begin with, its central story bears a very marked resemblance to William Faulkners novel, Sanctuary. Secondly, it is not, as one might expect, the product of an illiterate hack, but a brilliant piece of writing, with hardly a wasted word or a jarring note anywhere. Thirdly, the whole book, récit as well as dialogue, is written in the American language; the author, an Englishman who has (I believe) never been in the United States, seems to have made a complete mental transference to the American underworld. Fourthly, the book sold, according to its publishers, no less than half a million copies.”

@JamesHadleyChaseampMyleneDemongeot_zps8dea4632@
James Hadley Chase keeping his writing inspiration close to hand in the form of Mylene Demongeot who starred in a film adaptation of one of his novels.

Orwell makes the case that the book is really all about the pursuit of power.

The book contains eight full-dress murders, an unassessable number of casual killings and woundings, an exhumation (with a careful reminder of the stench), the flogging of Miss Blandish, the torture of another woman with red-hot cigarette-ends, a strip-tease act, a third-degree scene of unheard-of cruelty and much else of the same kind. It assumes great sexual sophistication in its readers (there is a scene, for instance, in which a gangster, presumably of masochistic tendency, has an orgasm in the moment of being knifed), and it takes for granted the most complete corruption and self-seeking as the norm of human behaviour. The detective, for instance, is almost as great a rogue as the gangsters, and actuated by nearly the same motives. Like them, he is in pursuit of @five hundred grand.@ It is necessary to the machinery of the story that Mr. Blandish should be anxious to get his daughter back, but apart from this, such things as affection, friendship, good nature or even ordinary politeness simply do not enter. Nor, to any great extent does normal sexuality. Ultimately only one motive is at work throughout the whole story: the pursuit of power.

For those of you interested in more about what Orwell had to say about this book here is a link to the essay. http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/Orwell-...

So much happens in this book, there is not a wasted page. It is lurid and filled with tough talk set in a world where compassion is a dirty word. I guarantee you will cringe, and you too will want revenge. Your hands will itch for your own Tommy Gun. You might even dream about pulling the trigger and watching Slim and Ma and Eddie and Flynn and Woppy all dissolve under a hail of bullets.

For another opinion of this book dont miss the excellent review by my friend Mike Sullivan. The Excellent Sullivan Review





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It looks a lot more American than English. with gangster and all, the sort you might find in Pulp Fiction - no character has any morals whatsoever and there is a lot of sex and violence (You remember
Ezekiels biblical verses
? That kind of thing), and everything is stereotyped and cliche. This one is worth reading if only for Orwells essay on same, in which he analyses the book and genre and argues that it is all about power-struggle and realism (big fish eats small fish, survival of the fittest kind of realism) without make-believe game of morality. There is no room for such stuff as compassion in most characters, Miss Blandish who suffers the most is dehumanized to a level at which her first name is never revealed. She is just used, just like a couple of other women are, in what is a big game of chess played by multiple players all men except one Ma Garrison - who is so clever and strong that she could be a feminist inspiration had she not been such a misogynist. One would argue that John Krammer and Joker (Heath Ledger one) are natural off-springs of this realism. It somehow made it to Le monde list of 100 best books of the century and also inspired a movie, that has been unanimously called the worst movie ever by critics. Im gonna watch it.

But let us talk about more important things. Have you ever lost consciousness upon being hit on the side of your head? Have you made anyone lose consciousness that particular way? Or saw anyone outside movies or books fainting because of that? From where did these crime novels get this idea? Try it, you will only start a fight. And So take it from expert, unless you have drugs or chemicals handy, it is easier to kill a person than make him/her lose consciousness. Believe me, I tell from personal experience

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No Orchids For Miss Blandish: James Hadley Chases First Novel

@Im ashamed of myself. Im a person without any background, any character or any faith. Some people could cope with this because they believe in God. I havent believed in anything except having a good time.” She clenched and unclenched her fists, then she looked up; her fixed smile made Fenner feel bad.@ Miss Blandish to Dave Fenner


Im quite sure that my rating might have been a bit higher had I actually been reading No Orchids For Miss Blandish as James Hadley Chaseoriginally wrote it in 1939. However, having difficulty finding a copy, I thought I would be pleased with the copy I downloaded on my Kindle. Pictured is the 1951 Harlequin paperback edition. Though I have reason to doubt that even that contains the content of that edition.

I found myself distracted by anachronisms appearing throughout the edition I read. In a novel written in 1939, Slim Grisson has two televisions to which he is glued for hours at a time. During a climactic chase scene, the police use a helicopter to track down Slim and Miss Blandish. Once again, the television enters the picture with law enforcement having the networks to broadcast the facts of Slims escape and a request that anyone with information call in to aid in his apprehension.

For a comparison between the various editions of @No Orchids for Miss Blandish,@ I highly recommend http://www.jottings.ca/john/kelly/sba... , containing an in depth analysis of the novel, its various editions, and its critical reception, compiled by Ernest Kelly.

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First edition, the genuine article.

Chase, the Author, and the writing of @No Orchids for Miss Blandish

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James Hadley Chase (24 December 1906 – 6 February 1985)

Chase was born René Lodge Brabazon Raymond. Chase was but a number of pseudonyms under which he wrote ninety novels. He served in the RAF during World War II, allegedly arising to the rank of Squadron Leader. That appears the stuff of legend, possibly fostered by Chase himself.

Professionally he was a wholesale bookseller. He became intrigued with the American Gangsters, particularly those working in the midwest, rather than the large syndicates out of New York and Chicago.

Using maps and a dictionary of American Slang, Chase claimed to have written @No Orchids@ in six days. Other sources indicate the span was over twelve days. But one cannot discount how prolific an author Chase became.

The Story

@No Orchids for Miss Blandish@ appears to be a blend of Ma Barker and her gang of sons, and the very basic plot line of Sanctuary by William Faulkner.

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Ma Barker, such a sweet face. She died with a Thompson in her hands in 1935.

Miss Blandish, whose first name we never know, the stand in for Faulkners Temple Drake, is the daughter of millionaire John Blandish. Celebrating her engagement to a suitable young gentleman, her father bestows on his daughter a diamond necklace worth $50,000.

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Movie Poster for @The Story of Temple Drake,@ starring Miriam Hopkins

A small time gang, Riley, Bailey, and @Old Sam@ take on a job to big for their outfit and kidnap Miss Blandish. During the snatch, Bailey murders Miss Blandishs fiance. If theyre caught, its the chair for all of them.

But not to worry, Eddie Schulz, a member of Ma Grissons gang, spots the Riley gang and recognizes Miss Blandish. In the world of gangsters, the more powerful group wipes out the inept bunch who initially snatched Miss Blandish.

Ma Grisson is ecstatic. The blame can be put on the Riley gang. While the Grissons can reap the benefit and collect a million dollar ransom from John Blandish.

Theres only one fly in the ointment. Thats Mas beloved son, Slim, a , shall we say, deranged, depraved, and psychotic killer. Slims never had a girlfriend. He claims Miss Blandish as his own, bucking Mas authority for the first time in his life, even pulling a knife on Ma. Theres a change of authority in the gang that takes place before the readers eyes.

Of course, Miss Blandish is not the type of young woman to have anything to do with someone like Slim, who has greasy stringy hair and has a tendency to wear dirty clothes. Ma engages the services of Doc Williams to drug Miss Blandish so Slim can work out his repressions to his hearts content.

Enter Dave Fenner, Chases PI. Fenner is a former crime beat reporter for a newspaper. Hes the best, with connections to the underworld and a gift for digging up information. John Blandish retains Fenner with a $3,000.00 check and a future payoff of $30,000.00 should he find the men responsible for kidnapping his daughter. Hes convinced that his daughter is dead. He wants the men that killed her.

The Payoff

Though never critically lauded, Chase became the king of the European thriller. Chases plotting keeps the reader to keep flipping the pages to see what happens next.

I found the dialog attributable to Chase having watched to many Jimmy Cagney movies. @Yeah, Copper, come n get me. Top of the World Ma!@

Characterization is sparse, though Chase clearly outlines Fenner more clearly with future Fenners in mind.

@No Orchids for Miss Blandish@ has been staged in England, was filmed in England in 1948, and refilmed as @The Grissom Gang@ in the United States by Robert Aldrich in 1971. Though Ive not seen it, the reviews Ive read are highly favorable.

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Movie Poster for the 1948 English Film

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Movie Poster for the American re-make, 1971

So, am I done with Chase? Maybe not. Not if I can get hold of the genuine article not @updated@ for the modern reader.

RATING: 3.5 STARS

مشاهده لینک اصلی
This is one seriously grim novel.

Its hard to believe that this was written in 1939 by a first time author; it is so incredibly graphic, even compared to the great hard-boiled authors of the time like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, in its depiction of the gangland behaviour of the time and the minutiae of murder, in addition to which it is a fully accomplished piece of genre writing that you might expect to read from an experienced master.

Broken up in to four chapters and they may as well have been labelled @part@ instead of chapter, you are first treated to the almost spontaneous kidnapping on an heiress (the eponymous Miss Blandish) then the fall out (double crosses essential,) before meeting a private detective who is belated put on the case and then finally the longest section being the denouement which I could spoil but instead Ill simply tell you it is a fast paced, dark passage that dragged my rating up from 3 to 4 stars on its own.

The gang portrayed in this book are famously based on Ma Barker and her boys and they felt like they could easily have been in Boardwalk Empire, whether that is something to do with the stereotypes created by Chase being reused and improved on over time or just the accuracy of Boardwalk Empire is another matter. My point, if you can call it one, is that this is Guys and Dolls territory noir, with a heavy spatter of blood and evil.

Im glad we read this as part of the Pulp Fiction group but I cant say Im in any rush to read more Chase.



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