RE: RARA-AVIS: The Burglar

B. Cox (
Mon, 29 Mar 1999 11:05:56 -0800 Mark wrote:

I can't believe I continued on with Goodis after that. But I'm glad I
did. The books that are more character-driven, just chronicling a man's
fall can be quite great. My favorite is Street of No Return (which was
made into an absolutely terrible Samuel Fuller film). This is closely
followed by Down There (Shoot the Piano Player), Cassidy's Girl and
Blonde on the Street Corner. Each is the story of a down and out guy
who, for one brief moment, thinks he can regain his former, more
respectable life, usually with a slight, frail girl by his side, only to
later submt to his fate, usually with a very buxom drunk woman.

What about Night Squad? I think it's his best after Down There (Shoot the
Piano Player) and almost identical in its character arc with Paul Theroux's
Saint Jack. Another great book.


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