Re: RARA-AVIS: Movies Better Than Books

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 19 May 2002

At 02:32 PM 5/15/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Actually, it's "L. A. Confidential" where Buzz meets his demise in the first
>chapter. Are you thinking perhaps of "The Big Nowhere" the previous book in
>the quartet in which Buzz is featured? Btw, didn't care much for Brown's
>Requiem either, but a movie was made recently of it too starring Michael
>Rooker. Nothing to write home about as I remember.

I recall quite clearly that Buzz Meeks got shot (and killed?) in the first ten pages of "The Big Nowhere" because I only read the first twenty. And I also recall that the book "L.A. Confidential" was radically different from the movie (wherein Buzz Meeks makes an initial appearance before being offed and stuffed in the crawl space beneath Susan Lefferts' mother's house).

As Sally said about Parker, I am most disappointed by Elroy's work. After a promising beginning ("The Black Dahlia"), he has pretty much failed to hold my interest. This is especially true of "The Big Nowhere", "White Jazz," and "Brown's Requiem", none of which I have finished. I still think
"My Dark Places" is his best work, because there's a reason for him to go on and on (and on and on) about the shady past of the murder victim involved, and to tie that dark part of her to his own dark interests/brooding obsessions, because she was his own mother.


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