Burglar Who Studied Spinoza Mass Market Paperback – Nov 23 1998
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From Library Journal
This 1980 title is the fourth in Block's popular "Burglar" series to be republished by Dutton. The plot follows title character Bernie Rhodenbarr?bookseller by day, thief by night?as he stumbles into a murder and a setup.
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About the Author
Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The women are coarse and promiscuous, there is not only one token gay person, but two, and jumping from bed to bed is the style of the day. No wonder that the little thief Bernie, who wouldn't kill anyone, comes out as the most sympathetic and genuine person.
I don't pretend to know whether nowadays the situation is much different. But the former arrogance is no longer there.
However, Block was, of course, right. That time, 30 years ago, I happened to be teaching a world literature in a college. My students, the girls, were 24+ years old and I was unable to convince them that the text we were reading was a love story. They were just waiting when "he" will betray "her". Men were considered traitors, a priori, and there was no expectation and no feelings in those girls. They were brainwashed before they had lived. Because they didn't expect anything, therefore, to most of them, nothing happened.
The book is highly educated, but for me it was not enough to compensate for the unpleasant feeling.
So, it stands as a testimony about a different age, not so long ago, for those who may not believe us.
So much for explaining the concept of the series. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza is the fourth book in the series. I strongly suggest that you begin the series by reading Burglars Can't Be Choosers and follow it up with The Burglar in the Closet and The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling. Each story in the series adds information and characters in a way that will reduce your pleasure of the others if read out of order. Although, I originally read them out of order and liked them well enough. I'm rereading them now in order, and like it much better this way. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian comes next in the series.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
With two deaths associated with a rare coin, Bernie the Burglar is trying to figure out who and why, partly to avenge his friend and fellow Spinoza afficionado, Abel Crowe. Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by Paul Skinner
This book is a good quick read, well-written and a page-turner. The interplay of the characters is entertaining and inviting, even the final "Charlie Chan movie" type... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2001 by Frank
When Bernie and Carolyn enter the Colcannon home to ply their trade, they find that they are the second burglars to be in the in the house that night. Read morePublished on June 13 2000 by Ricky N.
I have enjoyed all the Rhodenbarr books. Rhodenbarr himself and Corolyn Kaiser are charming, and the plot of this book is as imaginative as the plots of all of the others in this... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 1999
A fascinating psycological insight into the life of a New York burglar. Block utilises the writers craft of suspence to give you one big adventure. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 1999
Bernie Rhodenbarr is at it again in Lawrence Block's fourth "The Burglar Who..." series. In this fast paced novel "The Burglar who Studied Spinoza," Bernie has... Read morePublished on May 21 1998 by Harold L. Laroff
I read this book on a plane flight. I was so engrossed in the book that I didn't care when we landed. Bernie is the best at getting himself out of the trouble he gets into. Read morePublished on March 3 1998 by email@example.com