Re: RARA-AVIS: Hemingway noir

From: Valerie E. Polichar (
Date: 23 Feb 2004

> > Great punch can come from describing the most desperate of
> > situations in emotionless, ticker-tape phrases.
> It can indeed, but I'd suggest the hardboiled epithet is a better fit.
> Emotionless noir, to my mind, is an oxymoron.

I don't mean that Hemingway's stories are emotionless, though -- far from it. Only that he uses deliberately wooden (bad word choice there, I can't think of a better one at the moment) language to bring the reader to the emotions of the characters. Which is a neat trick.

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