Date: 21 Dec 2001

the one that hit me hardest (i loved all of the LA quartet but hated AMERICAN TABLOID) was THE BIG NOWHERE. i didn't sleep for three nights because of that book: 2 i spent reading it, the 3rd i spent lying in bed, haunted by the book's ending. the story is sort of uncontained and absolutely powerful-- there are times when it threatens to go too far, but in mind ellroy manages to always stay just this side of believable. it really is a phenomenal work.

martha <mailto:>

> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Carrie Pruett
> Sent: Friday, December 21, 2001 10:38 AM
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> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Ellroy
> I'm curious, with the recent discussion of the LA Quartet books,
> if I should
> give Ellroy another try. I read "LA Confidential" a few years ago after
> loving the film, and though I liked a lot of things about the
> book, it left
> a bad taste in my mouth. I thought the story was good, but the stylized
> writing, rather cartoonish characterizations, and the humorless,
> moralizing
> tone that seemed to be behind the whole exercise was too much. So - if I
> felt that way about LAC, will I probably feel that way about all of the
> books? I've heard "Black Dahlia" mentioned the most often, is
> that the best
> one to start back with?
> Carrie

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