RARA-AVIS: John D. MacDonald

From: George Upper ( gcupper3@yahoo.com)
Date: 04 Oct 2001

I've just finished John D. MacDonald's 1960 THE END OF THE NIGHT. What a fantastic book. I've read a fair amount of MacDonald--I think I've read all the McGee books, plus numerous non-series novels and a short story or two. He is often dark, but this novel is an amazingly dark novel. (I'm trying to write this without the necessity of a spoiler alert.)

The novel is also more complexly constructed than anything else I've read by MacDonald. Many different points of view, non-linear timeline, even various
(supposed) media--some of the novel is straight narrative, the first chapter is a letter, and there are excerpts from both an "official" diary and the last-days memoirs of a convict on death row.

I don't know how readily available this novel is. I stumbled onto it myself for 50 cents (U.S.) at a used book store while I was looking for something else.
(Oddly enough, 50 cents was the original price in 1960).

Anyway, while I normally recommend JDM to anyone who asks, I HIGHLY recommend this one.


===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal http://www.lightningbell.org/

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