Re: RARA-AVIS: Spillane

Sat, 18 Sep 1999 14:50:00 -0700 (PDT)


"Spillane's greatest (of many) failures as a writer is that he lived in a world that he WISHED to exist -- not the one that actually did exist."

Doesn't this describe (at least) 99% of all fiction writers? Novelists
(in particular) create their own worlds, people them and play out the results. Hopefully the reader buys the fabrication as something real, but it is still the writer's vision of the world as they have chosen to define it.

I sure don't think anyone could accuse Raymond Chandler of writing
"stark realism". His world is every bit as false as Mickey's (if not moreso), but still highly entertaining.


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