: I came upon this book in, of all places, a
: bookstore in New York city that
: specialized in mysteries and started to
: read it on a very cold, windy winter
: afternoon. As I read it and became lost
: in the wonderment of the book and the
: writing, I found myself reading more
: slowly..something I do when I want the
: book "to last" forever. Within
: a few days I had a full-blown case of the
: flu so later wondered if the book itself
: was as amazing as I thought, or whether I
: was just under the early influence of an
: impending illness. To make matters more
: difficult I'd lent the book to someone and
: could no longer remember the title.
: Some years later, I saw the again-familiar
: title in a bookstore in California and
: bought it to reread out of curiosity. The
: book was as bizarre and strange and oddly
: redemptive as it was the first time but I
: could never persaude friends to read it.
: How great to read that others have been so
: moved by Whittemore's writings.