Re: RARA-AVIS: Sallis

From: Valerie E. Polichar (
Date: 04 Feb 2004


> What did you think of the big time sweeps? I found it
> a little disconcerting, but that could easily have
> been his intention. And what did you think of the
> ending that sorta leaves you hanging? Are we talking
> post-modern here?

It might be disconcerting at first, but reading the entire series provides you with an intricately woven tapestry, in which most (but not all) of the hanging threads are eventually tied up. The idea of a series that weaves back upon itself was new to me, but provides depth to all the books. There are insights in each one that would be impossible in a traditionally plotted story.

Sallis' novels frequently remind me of origami (some of them, like CYPRESS GROVE, of reverse origami -- taking the piece apart, back to its original paper, to see its shape). At any step along the way, you see some bits of the front of the paper, some bits of the back, and a little bit of the shape of the creature, and you are not able to see some of the bits you could see before; it's not until the end that the whole stands out in perfect clarity.

> I've got the MOTH book on the flip side of the first
> one, but haven't got to it yet.

Read it! ;-)


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