RE: Re: RARA-AVIS: john d macdonald

Date: 29 Nov 2000

Coincidentally, I have been sketching out a few remarks on MacDonald's Tan and Sandy Silence for a library discussion program. I refer to the "tin-horn Gawain" line, as well as the earlier reference (seemingly) to Don Quixote's comic knight in the Deep-Blue Goodbye. I recall the famous stain glass window that Marlowe sees in the beginning of The Big Sleep, when he says he'd like to climb up and help the knight untie the naked lady. Don't remember that thinks of hiimself as the lone knight very often however (?)...

Found myself wondering...What other series' detectives compare themselves to knights in a romance, suggesting something like a high chivalric code motivates them?

Bill Hagen

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