Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Parker and movies better

From: George Upper (
Date: 22 May 2002

--- Sally Jane Driscoll <> wrote:
> Hawk never seemed to me like Spenser's dark side.
> Instead, the three characters seemed to make up a
> single human being. Susan was the soul, Hawk was the
> body and Spenser was the mind trying to hold it all
> together. After a while I wanted each character to
> be
> a full individual, not a personification of a part
> of
> an individual.

Have to disagree with this. Spenser's got more soul, if anything, than Susan ever had. I think part of Parker's problem is that he'd like to paint his characters this way, he's trying to, but in the end he identifies so strongly with Spenser that he ends up making him complete in himself and the others wind up seeming superfluous.


===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal

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