Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Puzo and Elroy

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 15 May 2002

At 03:52 PM 5/15/02 -0400, you wrote:

>Mark and Brian,
>I agree with both of you. I think that Elroy often gets caught up in
>language and style and lets them run roughshod over the story. I think My
>Dark Places works so well because it's so personal.
>Puzo once said that he delivered the first draft of the Godfather to his
>agent and left the country for a long vacation with his family. He said he
>thought he would get another crack at rewriting it. The movie was way

I've heard that about "The Godfather". As for Elroy, as I said, I was initially thrilled with his writing, but after a while his style just began to wear thin. There is rumination on the dark vagaries of the human soul, and there is introspection, but for Elroy makes it all far too much of a
"good" thing. He seems bent on wallowing in the emotional waste of his characters, and it just gets tiresome for me, as a reader.

Just my opinion,


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