RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V2 #108

Ryan Benedetti (rhino@cybercen.net)
Tue, 25 Nov 97 17:57:43 -0700 Since we're getting into the "meta-hardboiled"
or "meta-noir" (Sorry,I couldn't resist)
and discussing what is "hard-boiled" and what
is merely "soft-cooked," has anyone read
"The Name of the Rose." It's looming on my shelf
and I haven't read it yet, but I did see the movie.

Would anyone who's read it consider it "hard-boiled"
or "noir"? This, to me, might blow the top off
of our notions of what hard-boiled is. Here you
have a group of monks without fedoras or cigars
or snappy one-liners or fog, but yet, at least
in the movie, the Abbot Connery plays is as hard-boiled
as Marlowe or Spade. He questions church fathers
and other high-ups in the Catholic monastic set
in a hard-bitten search for answers. The mood
was definitely "noir" in my opinion and Eco
is definitely familiar with post-war American
detective fiction. What say you other hard-boiled eggheads?

"1 June. Wrote nothing.
2 June. Wrote almost nothing."
--Franz Kafka, Diaries 1912

Rhino Benedetti
Angstified Geek

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