Monday, November 21, 2016

Paperback 979: Caught / Henry Green (Berkley BG472)

Paperback 979: Berkley Medallion BG472 (1st ptg, 1960)

Title: Caught
Author: Henry Green
Cover artist: photo

Estimated value: $30-50
Condition: 9/10

Best things about this cover:
  • Major English author, sleaze-ified. I love when that happens.
  • Get it? The net is because ... she's "caught." It's, like, a metaphor or something.
  • This book is exquisite. A booksale steal. Belonged to a distinguished professor at Binghamton University (he signed his name inside—the only thing keeping this from a 10/10 condition rating)
  • Armpits have their own tag on this blog. I am terribly proud of this.

Best things about this back cover:
  •  LOL scare quotes. "'Caught,' see? We're speaking metaphorically."
  • Look, if there's not an enmeshed naked dame involved, then I don't wanna know about it.
  • Most pulp paperbacks are not blurbed by Christopher bleeping Isherwood.
  • Just wanted to let you know that the teaser passage that precedes the title page of this book features this choice bit of prose: "She murmured to herself, 'THIS MAN'S MY GONDOLA...'" (emph. orig.)

Page 123~

"Now why, that's what we've got to consider," Pye heard as, in self defence, he let his eyes wander out to the cream yellow sunlight on the ungrowing, still winter grass. "Why," the voice came at him again, "Why? There must be a reason. That is where we want your help."

OK that is bleeping ominous. I really should read this guy.


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