RARA-AVIS: Re: Boston in (and out of) Spenser

From: Gerald So ( gso@optonline.net)
Date: 08 Nov 2001


Good points. When I said "out of Boston," I meant "out of Massachusetts." (My mistake.) In the later books' trend I mentioned, it feels as if Spenser doesn't take the time to center himself in Mass. Having not picked up on Spenser's travels as early as you did, I felt the sense of place slipping away. My Superman reference was only to say that *I* find the portrayal of Spenser more powerful in Massachusetts and less powerful out.

When he taught fiction, Parker would tell his students to set their stories in places they'd been, allowing for more accurate description. He believed stories suffered when students imagined places they hadn't been. In the same way, I believe his recent string of books in fictional places like Proctor, Port City, and Potshot, AZ is very weak and Spenser needs to return home. Whether Parker will bring him home is another question.


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