RARA-AVIS: Defining Hardboiled

Gerald So (gso@optonline.net)
Sat, 06 Feb 1999 03:50:22 -0500 Hello, all.

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Defining parameters of the
hardboiled novel has always interested me. I lean more toward Bill
Denton's point that "there's more to hardboiled" than attitude and local
I think the term "hardboiled" has to permeate an entire novel. It
is a bleak, cynical outlook shared by all characters, not just the
hero. The man fit to survive in such a world (the hero) is one whose
courage and optimism are enough to counter predominant pessimism.


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