RE: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled This & That

From: John & Carrie (
Date: 18 Apr 2000

> At 10:29 PM 4/18/00 -0400, Tribe wrote:
> >
> >> As to the second, does _Day Of The Locust_ cut it as HB? I
> >> think so,
> >> and I would certainly place it's name in nomination. I haven't
> tried the
> >> Fairbairn.
> >
> >Day of the Locust isn't hard-boiled, but it sure is noir. Same
> thing with
> >Miss Lonelyhearts. However, there is a crime in Locust though,
> ins't there?
> >That big ass riot at the end would probably violate most
> unlawful assembly
> >statutes.
> Yeah, but the crime(s) are not really the theme of the book. I mean,
> you could call _Light In August_ a murder story, or _Great Gatsby_ a
> gangster book, if you wanted to.

The riot is THE big event in the book, not peripheral in the least. And ultimately, the riot explains and gives scope to just about everything that preceeds it.


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