Re: RARA-AVIS: WR Burnett: High Sierra

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 08 Jan 2003

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ed Lynskey" <>

> Also, still in the 1940s, I finished reading
> WR Burnett's HIGH SIERRA. For action, pacing,
> and suspense, it was a fun read.
> I wondered at the protag's "heart of gold"
> (his dog, his kindnesses, etc.). Did this
> distract anyone else?

Ed, I think I mentioned this very thing last month. I also found the romantic stargazing scene nauseating. Apparently Burnett was extremely proud of how well he structured his books, and I can see why. Despite everything I didn't like (and there was plenty), it was still, as you say, a well-paced, suspenseful and fun read.


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