Re: RARA-AVIS: An inquiry

From: Mark Coggins (
Date: 08 Feb 2000

Yes, one author who uses it all the time is Cormac McCarthy. He wrote
"All the Pretty Horses," etc. I found it to be bothersome at first, but eventually got used to it.

I may be wrong about this one, but didn't Frank McCourt do it too in
"Angela's Ashes"?

Maybe it's only Irish writers who can pull it off ...

On Tue, 8 Feb 2000 wrote:

> I don't often delurk, though I love reading the posts here. But I have a
> question someone aboard this list might be able to answer. For my monthly
> book review column, I'm reading the ARC for a March book called, RUN. It is,
> a half dozen chapters in, one of the best thrillers I have read this year.
> But the author, whose name escapes me at the moment, uses a writing technique
> with which I'm unfamiliar. He has dialogue but no quotes, as in:
> My mother asked me if I was okay.
> I'm fine, I told her.
> But you're drinking again, she said.
> (Those, by the way, are not exact quotes. I don't have the ARC with me.)
> My question is, does anyone out there know of an author who has used this
> technique before? I thought it was going to be distracting, but it isn't at
> all. In an odd way, it is very effective.
> Thanks,
> Jean Heller
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