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0394 תעלומת הזמן האבוד

December 25, 2012
0394 Girl The Gold Watch And Everything, The 668
  • Title: תעלומת הזמן האבוד
  • English Title: Mysteries of Lost Time
  • Canon: The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Country: Israel
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1980
  • Publisher: Topaz
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

Salvador Dali would have been proud of this … this … melting Mexican landscape with a disembodied face suggestive of death. Except that nobody dies in the story and it takes place in Florida. Ok, there was one scene in the story that took place in Mexico, although it was in Mexico City, not the countryside, and it didn’t really take place, it was merely described in the opening letter even though it takes place after the story ends.

At least the artist didn’t feel the need to draw a watch. I’ll give him credit for that.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am another Hebrew edition of  The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything, also titled מסתרי הזמן האבוד (Mysteries of Lost Time), printed in 1969 by Topaz.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2013 12:54 pm

    Right then, time to hijack your blog for my own selfish purposes.

    Just finished “The Only Girl In the Game”. 8/10, really enjoyed it, points only deducted because I wanted a different ending.

    Now, which JDM from my carefully acquired collection of scruffy 2nd/3rd/4th hand copies should be next? (With publication details for our slightly obsessive host.)

    Choices are:
    The Drowner (UK Magnum Edition, 1980)
    The Beach Girls (Fawcett Gold Medal, date unknown, would guess late 60s early 70s)
    Deadly Welcome (Fawcett Gold Medal, date unknown, ditto)
    One Monday We Killed Them All (FGM, yes, no date)
    A Flash Of Green (FGM, 1983)
    Barrier Island (NEL, 1988)

    Vote now! And don’t tell me just to read them in chronological order, it’s too late for that. Which one(s) is/are the standout novel(s) from the above?

    • February 11, 2013 5:03 pm

      A Flash of Green is one of his best. I really enjoyed The Drowner although I know several people who didn’t. Deadly Welcome is another good one; somewhat dated but another in a long string of well-crafted small town Florida stories.

  2. January 11, 2013 3:01 pm

    Well, thanks for nothing.

    I went for Barrier Island… hmm, a 6/10 for me. Well written as always, believable characters and plot, but just a trifle dull.

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