RARA-AVIS: Re: "A dark and spendid affair"

From: Chris Schneider ( chrisaschneider@earthlink.net)
Date: 16 Jun 2003

on 6/16/03 7:33 AM, abc@wt.net at abc@wt.net wrote:

> I just finished reading MUSCLE FOR THE WING a week or so
> ago. I've often wondered if Woodrell would sell better if
> his titles were more indicative of the content of his
> novels. This title makes perfect sense, as "The Wing" is
> the name of the gang Dick mentioned. Anyway, I liked this
> book a lot. I thought it was better than the other Rene
> Shade novel I've read, THE ONES YOU DO, and maybe better
> than GIVE US A KISS.
> Bill Crider
> --

       Perhaps this talk of Woodrell could serve as my excuse to mention James Purdy's novel "Narrow Rooms." "Rooms" is rural, it's lethal, it's odd
-- and I loved it a lot. Does that mean it counts as "country noir"? It certainly counts as *good* ...
       Pull-quote on the back of my edition:

                      "A dark and splendid affair by an authentic
                                            American genius" (Gore Vidal)

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