Re: RARA-AVIS: i've been listening (Chandler + Ellroy)

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 20 Apr 2001

Jim wrote

"I've read all of Hammett, but none twice. I've read tons of Macdonald, Parker, Stout, Timothy Harris, McBain, but none of their works twice. Whereas I've read everything of Chandler's at least three times, with full intention of doing it again if I live long enough. And trust me, it's not because I can't remember the plots! Chandler simply transports me to a world of painful, poetic, melancholy idealism that I find nowhere else, and I would rather be there than just about anywhere. And if that's not excellent writing, I might just prefer it to excellent writing."

Jim, this is a great description of how I feel about Chandler's writing. And you're right, it's not the plots, it's the characters and world he creates. Though I have reread Hammett and Macdonald, not nearly as often as I have Chandler.


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