RARA-AVIS: Reading suggestions

Bill Hagen (billha@ionet.net)
Sat, 28 Mar 1998 10:40:43 -0600 (CST) Three names:

I was surprised to see William Faulkner's name as a nominee for the reading
list. Opens a side question of whether what's been called "Southern
Gothic," set typically in small towns and country, is in "our field." If
so, should we consider folks like Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O'Connor?

Graham Greene is a different case. His "Brighton Rock" (1938) probably
ought to be included. It is a stunning piece of noir that anticipated (and
influenced?) much that followed. I think it's a more accomplished fiction
than "The Third Man," which may have been the other title in mind. For
getting inside characters that make the reader feel profoundly
uncomfortable, Greene has few peers.

Finally, with all the Ellroy fans on the list, why not include one of his?
Many of us are interested, but have not yet taken the plunge. The title
should probably be left to those who know his work--maybe it's a question
of which title you Ellroy fans would be willing to reread.

Bill Hagen

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