Re: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V3 #258

Date: 20 May 2000 wrote:
> At 06:10 PM 5/20/00 EDT, Bob Randisi wrote:
> >>
>To list the authors I tink are better that Ellroy would take too much time
>and room.

> I believe that you have suggested before that you are not terribly
> taken with Ellroy's books. As everyone probably knows, I am an
> enthusiast. As a mark of my sincere respect for your opinions, may
> I ask where the kernel of your complaint lies? Too violent? Too
> pretentious?

I've never quite understood the "pretentious" charge, which I've encountered before but never in a particularly coherent or creditable manner. Is it pretense to try to play with narrative form and to try to create an impressionistic style, as he does? (Successfully, in my opinion) Or does this presumed pretense lie in his approach towards history and mystery?

I, too, await your response with interest.


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