Re: RARA-AVIS: Ellroy's style (was Movies better than books)

From: Jess Nevins (
Date: 19 May 2002

Brian Thornton wrote:

> At 10:17 AM 5/19/02 +0100, you wrote:
> >Brian wrote:
> > > 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.
> >
> >I made it to page fifty. It amazes me that Ellroy enjoys such commercial
> >success when a number of people who read a lot (as we obviously do, or we
> >wouldn't be members of this list) find his style inaccessible. I think he's
> >a tremendous writer. In fact, "LA Confidential" is one of my favourite
> >books. But I still found it hard work. I could not, however, read "Ellroy
> >Takes The Piss", sorry "The Cold Six Thousand". (Al opens book. Al scans
> >page. Al flips page. Al says, "Aaargh." Al wastes money.)
> Hi Al,
> I couldn't agree more. If I want "difficult", I'll read Joyce, because at
> least with Joyce there is a reward to it, as opposed to swimming in the
> sewer with Elroy's "Each-new-protagonist-scummier-than-the-last" string of
> antiheroes.
> Speaking as one who wasted a kindred amount of money on Elroy,

I have to ask.

Why aren't you trying these books out at your local library? Why buy them unread?


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