RARA-AVIS: more Gerald Kersh

From: Scott Owen ( scottaowen@hotmail.com)
Date: 10 Jun 2002

Much as I loved NIGHT AND THE CITY, I hated FOWLER'S END. The monologue is good up to a point. But itjust goes on and on and on...and then goes on some more. I am completely befuddled by all the rave critical notices this novel continues to get.

IMHO his PRELUDE TO A CERTAIN MIDNIGHT is far more interesting. It's a wonderfully noirish deconstruction of the classic detective story that is occasionally funny but ultimately tragic. No monologues, either. I'd put this as priority #2 (behind Night & the City) for reprinting.

Kersh's short stories are also highly recommended. When is some clever publisher going to bring a BEST OF... back into print?


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