Beginnings (More)

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernies (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 2000, #10 – the beginning of CRYING WOLF:

One should not avoid one’s tests, although they are perhaps the most dangerous game one could play and are in the end tests which are taken before ourselves and before no other judge. (Beyond Good and Evil, Section 41)

– Introduction to the syllabus, Philosophy 322 (Superman and Man: Nietzsche and Cobain), Prof. Uzig.

(Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal: “Peter Abrahams, in his terrific 10th novel, “Crying Wolf,” tells a riveting story of a time as menacing as any: the present. Inverness, though, the small New England school where an out-of-state scholarship freshman named Nat tries to make his mark, seems idyllic: a frequent location site for filmmakers in need of an ideal college campus. The idyll grows stranger when Nat is befriended by Izzie and Grace, beautiful twins in whose wealthy milieu Nat is a fish out of water. The twins hatch a scheme to solve Nat’s money problems, an ill-conceived caper that turns ugly when it converges with the deluded plans of a drug-addled campus thief. “Crying Wolf” unfolds brilliantly, in sequences made all the more compelling by nuance and precise detail. Mr. Abrahams captures all sorts of voices in all kinds of rooms: the razor-edged banter at the twins’ family dinner table, the heady talk in the philosophy class of a Nietzsche-obsessed professor, the egoistic mental ramblings of a thief who recites infomercial babble like spiritual truth. A book as smart and gripping as “Crying Wolf” makes any year memorable.”)



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43 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:53 am on March 11th, 2018

    Good morning everyone! Happy beginnings, happy Egg Day and Sunday. That was quite the review. Hope the last day of Tucson goes well. Hope everyone survived the time change.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:34 am on March 11th, 2018


    Good morning, HOH!

    As always, an intriguing beginning, and a nice review!

    Wee Nigel: You look very cute when you are napping and before Belle Starr licks your ears! That photo is Plunderer calendar quality!

    A good visit to our accountant yesterday. We owe just a small amount to NYS. We are getting a nice amount back from the fed.

    A good Sunday to all!

  3. B.Stover
    10:33 am on March 11th, 2018

    Nietzsche is one of my favorites especially his writings on “Eternal Recurrence.” (But I was never “obsessed” by him…LOL!)

    Good morning all.

  4. BearSpiritDog
    12:23 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Nice Dedication by Stephan King!!

    Nana says Philosophy was a Favorite Subject in school.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    3:47 pm on March 11th, 2018


  6. Ole Doc
    4:04 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Things are not going well at the kennel. Charlotte is retired from racing. That is fine. She recently started coming inside the house with the rest of us. This is also fine so long as she doesn’t hog my dog pillows. What is not fine, is last night she found her way on the big bed. She stepped up on the Giant’s nightstand and then onto the big bed. First, can you believe her daring and ego? Secondly, why didn’t I think of that?

  7. BearSpiritDog
    4:10 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Ole Doc, LOL.

  8. Charlotte
    4:12 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Life is good. Although I have found that Nigel, Belle Starr, Elim and Harris are quite particular about who sleeps where on the bed. There is a lot of reference to the ‘new element,’ but so far this new element—whatever there is—- isn’t bothering me.

  9. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    4:44 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Keeping up with tradition (if not appearances), here is the cover for Crying Wolf. Notice the strong endorsement from Steven King on the top of the front cover. That says a lot.

  10. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    4:44 pm on March 11th, 2018

    And here is the photo of OFA from the back inside cover.

  11. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    4:46 pm on March 11th, 2018

    I also bet this is the very first time in the history of the blog that Nietzsche has been tagged.

  12. BearSpiritDog
    5:12 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Wookie&Teddy’s Paw: Once again, Thanks for the Cover and Photo!
    Stephen King Endorsement…Why Strange?

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:27 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Ole Doc!…Snort!

  14. Ole Doc
    5:31 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Rio: This is not a snorting matter.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    5:38 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Ole Doc, you are a smart guy. You’ll work it out.

  16. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:40 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Big!…So just how Big is the Big Bed if say Charlotte can step up onto the nightstand to get onto the Big Bed….zow!..Is the bed half the length of the Giant???…wheeze!

  17. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:41 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Length!….That probably should have read “height”…heh!

  18. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:43 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Wolf!…I remember figuring out something (finally!) in this novel before it was revealed….snort!…And I remember a deep hole and and eyeball…gasp!

  19. Ole Doc
    5:44 pm on March 11th, 2018

    The big bed is big. It is a king size bed what with the Giant being so tall. Plus, there has to be room for Elim, Harris, Nigel and Belle Starr to share with the Giant and my Lady. It is also a pillow top so it is extra tall. So therefore…I need a step stool to get on the night stand to step up to the big bed. Or, here is another thought, I could get an escalator.

  20. BooBear
    7:00 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Nigel, Harris hasn’t retired from racing, has she? And yet, she is in the house and on the big bed. I believe that she has been a favorite of the Giant from the get go.

  21. Ole Doc
    7:34 pm on March 11th, 2018

    BooBear: Harris is far from retirement. No, she is just spoilt rotten. You think the Giant saving her life would be enough, but no, she gets a spot on the big bed, goes on truck rides all the time, and got lifted to the arch. No one ever lifted me to the arch. Of course, my Lady did have to lift me in all my hundred plus pounder glory when I was injured. It wasn’t a graceful time for either of us, but I digress. Harris is gunning for queen bee.

  22. Harris, the Rescue not the Hobbit
    7:50 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Gunning? Gunning? Don’t listen to Ole Doc. He is just upset about Charlotte and the big bed. I AM queen bee.

  23. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Yeeep!….The Snowhook household is in an uproar!…gah!…Who can sleep there at the best of times?…heh!heh!…Give me my warm soft bed and all my baseball toys any day or night and in between…snuffle!

  24. Ole Doc
    8:47 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Speaking about baseball toys, I have one that needs to be cuddled and then destroyed. I made quick work of all the Giant’s gloves.

  25. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Ole Doc!….Take your anger out on other things…like Bellie!…yeeep!…Not the Baseball Toys…gasp!

  26. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:08 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Later!…One dayz Ole Doc will be in my heavenly classroom an his dayz of distress an destruction an jealousy will be resolved…snuffles! sneeze!…I pray for his soul an hope he finally finds rest on da big bed one dayz…snort!

  27. Ole Doc
    9:19 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Beau: My skills come in handy. Just ask the Thieves! On missions it pays to have muscle on your side. I still have my sights set on the the big bed. Pray for me.

  28. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:26 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Ole Doc!…Youse are in my prayers everydayz…sniffle!sneeze!…During yer days on da earth in beautiful Alaska, just remember to enjoy each an everyday on da Earth as it is yer last…chuffle!…You need to enjoy your time there. Cuz once youse get here you will have to put yer training helmet on an learn lessons wiff da thieves….sneeze!

  29. Ole Doc
    9:28 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Beau: Yeep! What if I ate my training helmet? No training helmet = no bible class.

  30. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Doc!…Beau doesn’t really negotiate on this sort of stuff…snort!…So get your helmet in order before going anywhere heavenly….grunt!

  31. Ole Doc
    9:57 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Rio: Does he take bribes? I’m asking for a friend.

  32. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Doc!…One day you Will know the answer to that question and I’m guessing it is …NO!…grunt!

  33. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Stick!…Believe me Ole Doc, I have tried that routine….grunt!…Beau is like a Non-Stick Pan. Nothing sticks to him. He is beyond reproach especially now that he is seated in his heavenly vestibule….wheeze!…No shakin’ him…whiffle!

  34. Thieves!
    10:15 pm on March 11th, 2018

    When do we get our heavenly vestibule?

  35. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Well!…How old are you Ole Doc? Are you feeling healthy? Do you have an appetite?…snort!…Are you still hoarding toyz?…sniff!…If you answered YES to all of those questions, you are still Earthly-Bound for a good while, so enjoy your retirement and go on a vacation or 2…snort!…The Hostas will be waking up in May maybe earlier. So they invite you to lie among them….wuffle!

  36. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:28 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Sneeze!….Thieves!…sneeze!…Da fact dat youse even asked dat question gives me so much hope for yer future soul….I am rubbin my paws together waitin’ in anticipations of yer arrival…snorkel!…But no hurry on yer part. Enjoy yer lively hood an be da best youse can be down der….chuffle!

  37. Ole Doc
    10:31 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Rio: Age is like my weight. It is just a number…unless, you’re lifting me. I plan to stay earthbound for quite a long while. It was the Thieves! asking when they get their Heavenly vestibule. I think they are tired of the hard wooden chairs in bible study.

  38. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Well!…A mix up as I thought we were talking to Ole Doc then the Thieves snuck in and muddled the waters…grunt!…So all the answers are for OLe Doc…not youse Thieves…sniff!…Seems even Beau was on a one track Ole Doc mind…gah!

  39. Thieves!
    10:41 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Rio: Sneaky is the only way to travel.

  40. Beau - The Black Pug
    11:08 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Bah!…guffle!…I misconfused dose Thieves wiff dat Ole Doc…sigh..I need forgiveness for dis mix-ups….sneeze!

  41. Beau - The Black Pug
    11:10 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Tricky!…Dey are so Tricky I even called dem da Thieves an thought I was telling Ole Doc stuff…yeeep!…I need a heavenly vacation me thinks…snuffle!

  42. Thieves!
    11:55 pm on March 11th, 2018

    Beau: We will forgive you for your misconfusions if you will forgive us for future misdeeds.

    More to Beau: Vacation? Say no more. We will help. What could go wrong?

  43. Herd of Hounds
    10:06 am on March 12th, 2018

    Two Reddingtons scratched last night.

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