RE: RARA-AVIS: Garden of Sand

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 08 Jan 2002

i'll have to give dunne, didian, and oates a try. my memory is foggy, but i thought i read oates before and thought she was a bit too cerebral for me. i better have another look.


    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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