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Nero Wolfe
 
We're curious if any other mystery buffs are addicted to Rex Stout. Is Wolfe truly an olympus of detection - compared with say, Poirot or Maigret?

Marian Allen - 01:50pm Aug 21, 1997 PST(#1 of 128)

I have been addicted to Rex Stout. Once he died, I sort of lost interest... Have you read the new Wolfe books? Not quite up to the mark, I don't think.

I'm about to start my daughter on that road. I was about her age when I got my crush on Archie. <G>

Interesting that you compare Wolfe with Poirot and Maigret: All three used the little grey cells, no? Wolfe, of course, wouldn't be Wolfe without Archie, which is a difference--the other two have some help, but do most of their legwork themselves. And, of course, both are much more com- passionate in general than either Wolfe or Archie.

What are your thoughts on the subject? MA


Missy Haid - 10:15pm Aug 21, 1997 PST(#2 of 128)

Hi, I'm new to this, and I love Wolfe, as well as Poirot, Maigret and Chambrun(Hugh Pentecost). Poirot tries not to do any legwork if he doesn't have to, but yes, they all use the little grey cells. I haven't read any of the new Nero Wolfe, and I don't think I ever will. It just wouldn't be the same. And it's true that Wolfe isn't as compassionate as the others. Have you seen the Nero Wolfe series on TV? TVLand has played some of them, and William Conrad played Wolfe. He's the one that was Frank Cannon. He had the bulk, but not the dignified look that someone such as Orson Welles would have had. Have you seen the show, and what do you think if you have? my email is darkstar@isrv.com


Marian Allen - 10:11am Aug 23, 1997 PST(#3 of 128)

I saw Cannon's Wolfe, and the writers should have been taken out and shot. That was not Wolfe. Wolfe would never blush and giggle when kissed by a pretty girl, forsooth! And he wouldn't have listened to classical music--"Music is a vestige of barbarism," according to Wolfe. My reaction to that show was as follows: Pfui! <G>

I understand Thayer David (of Dark Shadows) once played Wolfe on a made-for-tv-movie (?). I haven't seen it, but he would have been perfect.

I just finished reading a Poirot story, and I must say, I like the little Belgian! He's as arrogant as Wolfe, but in a different flavor. I don't think I'd read a Wolfe story, if Archie weren't there to poke at him now and then. <G> MA


Marc Ammon - 05:21am Aug 28, 1997 PST(#4 of 128)

Have no idea of the author and title but 10 or 15 years ago someone wrote an analysis of Nero Wolfe in which he showed that Archie was Nero's nephew and that Nero was the child of Sherlock Holmes brother Mycroft. It was a truely entertaining study of the series and very learned and apparently I am the only person who ever read it.


Marian Allen - 09:42am Aug 28, 1997 PST(#5 of 128)

I read it! I read it! Was it Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch? Some stereotypically British name like that. He's some kind of big noise in the Baker Street Irregulars, a brotherhood (yes, I mean BROTHERhood) of Holmes afficionados. Rex Stout was also a member and, if I remember correctly, was the one who presented the paper, "Watson was a woman."


Jim Parhamovich - 09:10pm Sep 3, 1997 PST(#6 of 128)

I've been addicted to Nero Wolfe since my early teens. My mother got me started reading her old paperbacks. I have read and re-read all the stories. I've got most of them in paperback. I keep reading them and keep finding more and more interesting stuff. I haven't read any of the other major detectives, just Wolfe. I found some of Goldsborough(sp?) to be somewhat off the mark. I could never picture Wolfe acting the way GOldsborough wrote him. I have most of his books but keep going back to the originals. I'm glad that there are others like me that are addicted to Wolfe.


Marian Allen - 09:07am Sep 4, 1997 PST(#7 of 128)

Jim, you said, " I found some of Goldsborough(sp?) to be somewhat off the mark. I could never picture Wolfe acting the way GOldsborough wrote him." I couldn't agree more! I thought Goldsborough was SO CLOSE, but far enough off to set my teeth on edge.


Jim Parhamovich - 09:22pm Sep 4, 1997 PST(#8 of 128)

In a previous post, I saw that someone referred to "Cannon's WOlfe" and I wondered if it referred the short lived series on tv starring WIlliam Conrad. The show was horrible. Conrad played Wolfe as badly as can be (but what do you expect from the narrator of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show). As bad as the acting was, can anyone imagine Nero Wolfe with a beard??? It's a pity that the show was for some their only fleeting (thankfully) glance at Nero Wolfe. Fortuneately the show was cancelled and will probably never be shown in re-runs.


Julie R. Kelley - 12:58am Sep 6, 1997 PST(#9 of 128)

Marian I agree with you and others on Goldsborough, tried to say so a few days ago but it seems my membership had been canceled. E-gad! The difference that comes to my mind, not having read a Goldsborough for quite some time (I did try 2) was Archie's personality. In Stout Archie came across as clever and intellegent, In Goldsborough he comes across as a smarmy smart-ass. I'm curious about "writer" under your name, do you write mysteries? We seem to have very similiar tastes, I would like to read your stuff.


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