Re: RARA-AVIS: Garden of Sand

Date: 07 Jan 2002

In a message dated 1/7/02 2:40:55 PM, writes:

<< There are hard boiled books that don't have detectives, such as most of Willeford or Jim Thompson works. IMO, the late Earl Thompson's Garden of Sand is, or comes pretty close. >>

    IMO the Thompson books, and particularly "A Garden Of Sand," are thoroughly hard-boiled, in exactly the same way and for the same reasons that most of John Gregory Dunne's work and much of Joan Didian's and Joyce Carol Oates work are hard boiled. The worlds that they create, the attitudes they strike and the truths they reveal all come out of the best of the HB tradition. On top of that, they are great reads.

                                    Jim Blue

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