Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: That Ever-popular Macdonald Conspiracy

Geraldine Kudaka (
Mon, 15 Mar 1999 19:02:53 -0800 <snip>

Then, too, after The Galton Case, all of
>Macdonald's books are essentially the same Freudian tangle; the
>virtuosity is persuasive and one cannot stop reading -- but at the end,
>this reader feels cheated. It was the same story all over again, once

On the contrary. As a lurker, I have to step out and say that I, for one,
did not feel cheated. What I loved about Macdonald was the depth of his
stories. I am going to have to read his bio because after reading his
books, I was convinced he came from an exceptionally dysfunctional family.
Why else does his root of crime go so far back?

Perhaps the attitude that crime has no history, that we have made ourselves
comes out of the shortness of American memory. While we celebrate the 200th
anniversary of this country, others are talking about thousands of years of
civilization. While Los Angeles tears itself down and reconstructs new
streets, neighborhoods and communities, Europe, Asia and the rest of the
world is bound to its past.


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