Re: RARA-AVIS: re Chandler vs. Hammett

Date: 04 Dec 2003


Re your comment below:

> Indeed, Chandler makes each scene vivid by simile
> and
> careful linguistic underlining. His choice of words
> could
> not be more careful. He must have written and
> rewritten
> endlessly...
> Hammett did not underline nearly as much. His
> writing was
> more organic, less episodic. Whereas Chandler was a
> master
> of the unexpected, Hammett has fewer surprises. His
> prose,
> especially in narration, has an internal rhythm that
> seems
> just right. That's my definition of great prose.
> A comparison of, say, Chandler's _Bay City Blues_
> and
> Hammett's _The Gutting of Couffignal_ makes these
> points
> obvious. I mention these stories because each shows
> its
> author at his best.

Doggone it, Mario! *I* was going to say that! Not only did you say it, but you said it better, durn you to heck!


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