RARA-AVIS: Red harvest progeny

From: Carrie Pruett ( pruettc@hotmail.com)
Date: 31 Oct 2001

>Re the discussion on variations on "Red Harvest," you can add Stephen
> >Hunter's new powerhouse "Pale Horse Coming." Actually, it's an update >on
>Aeschylus' "Seven Against Thebes." Hunter mentions this, possibly >as a
>reminder that neither "Red Harvest," nor the novels that have >come after,
>nor the films "Seven Samurai" and "Magnificent Seven" have >any real claim
>to originality. Dick Lochte

Thanks for mentioning this. I haven't heard much about Hunter; is he the film critic from Baltimore or is that Stephen White? I can't for the life of me remember which is which. As for originality of the theme, I have to admit to liking the much maligned "Last Man Standing", however much of a ripoff it may be; I saw it when I had recently read the Iliad and liked the epic tones of the thing. There's a point in the Iliad when Achilles tells Patrocles he would like everyone else in the world to die, leaving just the two of them, a theme repeated often enough (Shakespeare's Antony: "Let Rome in Tiber melt"; Auden - "not universal love but to be loved alone"). There's a sense in Harvest not only of the Op's giant "f--- you" to the town but of Hammett the social agitator saying same to corrupt institutions everywhere.


"When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon."
-James Crumley, "The Last Good Kiss"

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