Re: RARA-AVIS: Language and Prose

From: Anderson, Erick (Adecco ETW) (
Date: 17 Jan 2002

I think it's possible to write rich prose without being distracting; without taking the reader out of the story -- in essence, an _elegant_ turn of phrase. I have frequently read a novel, moving quickly through it, enjoying it's plotting, pacing and dialogue, then gone back at some point and re-read it, and found myself amazed at the author's genius in his use of the language. In this regard, I consider Chandler's writing a gift that keeps on giving. I think most of us can pick our own favorite example. I find it tiresome to be repeatedly reminded of the authors own cleverness.

Best Regards, Erick

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