RARA-AVIS: The Postman and the Mex

From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 30 Jul 2002

Manuel Ramos ( Mrriter@aol.com) posted on the UK wrapup and i noticed his site, www.manuelramos.com , so i checked it out.

Anyway, I read the essay, The Postman and The Mex, and it was an interesting examination of Chicano themes in both Chicano and non-Chicano works.

The comment about both the authors and the characters car- rying the weight of their Mexican heritage on their shoul- ders was an interesting one. I am nearing the end of Himes's
_Cotton Comes To Harlem_, and I see a parallel situation in it.

Its a delicate situation, isn't it? There's got to be a balancing act between the one extreme of ignoring the issue and the other of standing on the pulpit preaching culture.

Manuel mentions several hardboiled authors with Chicano characters, such as Ellroy, Crumley, and Thompson, and adds that there are many more. One that comes to my mind is John D. MacDonald.

Manuel discusses the scene in Cain's _The Postman Always Rings Twice_ where Cora denies being a Mexican, and won- ders if maybe Cora is displaying some prejudice here. I would think that without a doubt this is the case.

Apologies for speaking about you in the third person, Manuel. It just made things easier. Great essay. I'm looking forward to reading some of your books. This might seem like a shallow thing to say, considering that the writing is what's important, but the covers are beautiful.

thanks, miker

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