All the PI needs is a good story. Who cares if it's
realistically realistic? As Chandler and others have pointed
out, all that matters is that the story be psychologically
realistic. Many outrageously fantastic stories (entire
genrefuls of them, in fact) are realistic in this sense. Is
Shakespeare realistically realistic? Cervantes? Kafka?
Bradbury? Borges? Bioy? Calvino?
************ I agree, especially with the psychological part.
That part I've got to buy in to. If a character's actions
don't add up, then I'm not satisfied.
In his once-a-decade interview, Cormac McCarthy was asked why
he wrote in a historically inaccurate flavor of death penalty
for Texas in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. He smiled and said he
was just trying to keep the readers on their toes. Bottom
line, I think he was taking a gentle shot at those expecting
his fiction to be realistically realistic.
And who the hell is Bioy?
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