RE: RARA-AVIS: Someone who doesn't like Pelecanos

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 06 Jul 2004

--- JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:

> I don't think Hammett is more politically oriented
> or
> more concerned with implicit criticism of the status
> quo than Chandler.
> In fact, I think a lot of the political baggage that
> Hammett's work has been saddled withis retroactively
> imposed on the basis of the political stands he took
> later in life, after he'd given up writing fiction.
> In fact, it could be argued that his growing
> political
> consciousness-raising was what led to his inability
> to
> write, since he began to see what he had written as
> irrelevant precisely BECAUSE there was no political
> component.
> At the same time, Chandler comments, at least as
> much
> as Hammett, and often more overtly (though perhaps
> not
> as well, but that's in the eye of the beholder), one
> societal corruption in stories like "Spanish Blood"
> and "Finger Man" and novels like FAREWELL, MY LOVELY
> Ultimately, however, what they were both after was
> what you dismiss as nothing more than "the good
> story
> well told."

Lordy, Lordy, I actually agree with Jim Doherty.


===== Doug Bassett

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