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
Perhaps one can get away with surrealism in the hb approach,
but only after a realistic presentation of the world is
I don't care for NAKED LUNCH and certainly don't think of it
as a hardboiled book.
--- James Rogers <
> 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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