RE: RARA-AVIS: On The Left Coast
Andy Hughes (AHughes@sbtinfo.com)
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 22:42:55 -0500
>>This "baggage" they carry around seems to be
cropping up a lot in
>>recent books. I read Dennis Lehane's two novels,
which are kind of
>>modern hardboiled things, I think, and his lead
character is haunted
>>by memories of his father and so on. I know I've
seen it elsewhere,
>>too. I think it's an overused device.
Yes, Lehane's first two novels do involve quite a bit of
the characters, including the role of the narrator's father in
upbringing. However, that "baggage" drives critical aspects of
second book. Of Lehane's three novels, the first two form a
two-part work. The third, admittedly, doesn't measure up to the
two, in part, because Lehane tried to rewrite "The Big Sleep."
done consciously, but succumbed to a Hollywood mentality about
through. "Baggage," sometimes is simply that, used to puff up
count. When done well, as I think Lehane does for the most part
first two novels, it's part of character setting.
>From: William Denton[SMTP:email@example.com]
>Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 1998 5:30 PM
>Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: On The Left Coast
>On Tue, 3 Mar 1998, Mari Hall wrote:
>: Yeah, but he said -basically- that he wrote "Marlowe
>: I suppose Bosch's search for his mother's killer or
>: whatever (that @#$% backstory). I don't think it was
>: much as the "baggage".
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