Re: RARA-AVIS: Gregory MacDonald is on TALK OF THE NATION this hour (National Pu blic Radio)

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 31 May 2002

Mario Taboada:

> Man, when I finally did try a Fletch book, I was bitterly
> disappointed. The author was trying really hard to be
> funny, but it fell flat on me (to be more precise, it
> sounded impossibly silly). I've never read another since.
> Somebody must buy this series: Salvation Army stores are
> full of the paperbacks. They say that humor is the hardest,
> and they're right. Besides, it doesn't age well (Twain and
> a few others excepted).

The Fletch books are very uneven. The first wasn't bad. I don't remember which, either Fletch Won or Fletch Too, I think is by far the best. The other is not good, but I don't want to reread now to find which is th good one.

BTW, I thought his Who Took Toby Rinaldi, a nonseries book, was very good. It is suspense without humor and might be able to sneak in as hard boiled. Mark

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