Re: RARA-AVIS: Wild Palms

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 12 Jul 2003

I second Duane's recommendation of Wild Palms. I am especially fond of "Old Man", of which a critic (I am almost sure it was Malcolm Cowley) said that it could stand alongside Huckleberry Finn. A tremendous story and yes, a hardboiled story. Those two convicts are unforgettable.

If we use Captain Shaw's definition of harboiled (he applies the term to characters, not to a genre), most of Faulkner is hardboiled -- men and women, Indian, black or white, rich or poor. His people are tough and they act tough.



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