So it’s been a little while now since this ‘book’ has been released (and a very long while since I’ve actually posted anything on this blog – apologies for that, I’m hoping to rectify things and start posting again, though likely on a less scheduled basis). And it’s been a few days since I finished it, and I think I have had enough time to come to terms with what this is and what it isn’t.
The Harry Potter Reread continues, after enjoying myself thoroughly in Philosopher’s Stone, we move on to Chamber of Secrets. (just a heads up that there is a spoiler for the whole series in this post, you are warned, even though what have you been doing not reading the whole series?)
It’s been over 5 years since I last reread the series. I not that long ago went to the Warner Brothers Studio in London on the Harry Potter Studio tour, and a group of friends decided to start a reread, so why not.
To wrap up my discussion of The Cuckoo’s Calling I’ll first take a look at the epilogue, and then discuss the book as a whole.
Our final quote this time from Horace’s Odes, ‘Nothing is an unmixed blessing’. So Horace is saying everything is a mixed blessing? I think that is true, you can see good and bad in every situation. And it seems rather true of what’s been happening in this book.
This is it! It’s a very short final section as we find out who the murderer is revealed. It goes without saying that there is a huge spoiler warning for the following, so, if you don’t want to know who the murderer is, you better close this tab. Once again we have a quote from Virgil, this time from Georgics, “Lucky is he who has been able to understand the causes of things.” Which is again interesting, but odd. Is it lucky to understand why things happen? Sometimes the truth hurts more than not knowing. But of course, Strike seems to be lucky because he understands things very well, including this murder, and we’re about to get his info dump.
Well this part is where shit hits the fan and things get wonderfully interesting. We don’t yet find out the murderer but so much happens as we finally get to meet Guy, Lula’s biological mother, we go to Lula’s flat, we meet Deeby Mac and Ciara, and there’s another murder! After a reasonably subdued first three parts, this is certainly where the excitement builds in great bounds before the climax which is sure to come in the finale.
Onto part three (apologies for the lack of a post last week, exams got the better of me)! This time the quote is “Maybe one day it will be cheering even to remember these things.” Which is again from Virgil’s Aeneid. It seems like a strange quote, and yet quite profound in that given some time/perspective something that once was thought terrible or not that grand, will be remembered quite fondly. Not sure of the relevance of the quote yet again, but it’s nice enough. This part is just building us up, not all that much action.