RARA-AVIS: Dark and funny

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 04 Dec 2003

Mark Sullivan wrote: You've never laughed at any of Marlowe's wisecracks?

*************** Thanks for stirring my memory, Mark. For some reason the two Chandlers I have read have been morphed in my mind into a very unfunny, brooding, saturnine stew. I've had similar troubles with other books. A while back when Bill Crider mentioned that Faulkner's SANCTUARY had some hilarious parts in it, I couldn't remember anything funny about it until he brought up the funeral scene. My only explanation is that an overall dark and depressing atmosphere must cloud the humor for me.


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