Re: RARA-AVIS: more Ellroy
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 15:12:37 -0400 (EDT) Dear Mario, I am a Lew Archer nut, and I agree with you a little
about the irony but no humor. However if you read Ross MacDonald again, you
might find that his writing contains a subtle, yet at the same time funny
sence of humor. MacDonald, in my opinion has absolutely nothing to be happy
about except the fact that he became a classic writer, but he was depressed.
His father left him at a young age, (which is the reason for the countless
father son, mother uncle switches) and MacDonald was overall depressed. When
he started seeing a psychotherapist, his writing became more intense,
complicated, but also less funny. But read everything before 1955 and you
will notice plenty of one liners and such, even in novels like the Chill, the
Drowning Pool, and the Instant Enemy (which is one of my favorites) there is
humor. But I agree with you that he lessened in humor as Lew Archer became
more morose and a spectator of corruption.
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