RE: RARA-AVIS: Hunter S. Thompson

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 11 Apr 2000

Yeah (he said thoughtfully)..... although in all the cases you cite save NAKED LUNCH the book begins in foursquare reality and only moves into a kind of surrealistic horror at the end. (My favorite case of this is Thompson's A HELL OF A WOMAN, incidentally.)

Perhaps one can get away with surrealism in the hb approach, but only after a realistic presentation of the world is established.

I don't care for NAKED LUNCH and certainly don't think of it as a hardboiled book.


--- James Rogers <> wrote:
> I think surrealism has a good pedigree in HB
> books. The endings of
> _Double Indemnity, as well as Thompson's _Savage
> Night_ and _The Getaway_
> all strike me as crossing well over into that
> territory. For that matter, I
> believe that Burroughs said that _Naked Lunch_
> (which I do find
> hardboiled) was just a rewrite of _Junky_.

===== Doug Bassett

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