From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 19 Jan 2003

At 03:59 PM 1/17/03 -0800, you wrote:
>Interesting post.
>I just finished reading Ross Macdonald's A MOVING
>TARGET (1949) and thought about the metaphors/similes
>you write about here. RM's prose here is liberally
>sprinkled with them. Most are restrained enough so
>it was more the volume of them that jarred the
>narrative's smoothness.
>For instance, at one place he writes about the "acne
>of rust" on an automobile. That's short and vivid.
>Still, reading RM is always a real treat.

I couldn't agree more. I am currently reading (not for the first time) THE FAR SIDE OF THE DOLLAR, and man, MacDonald was at the top of his game when wrote this. The metaphors and similes are fresh and original, even after 50 years.

All the Best,


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