RARA-AVIS: Maltese Falcon

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 22 Sep 2004

For the most part the book is totally objective--as if told by the sound camera alone as someone suggested, but as Stewart Wilson pointed out, it did fall into third-person for a line or two here and there.

But isn't that something like saying, "She's a beautiful woman, but she has a pimple on her elbow?"

It holds to the objective so much so that most of us don't even notice the minor discrepencies.

Another question: Would it have been a better book told third-person single POV or first person? Or have we all been influenced by Chandler into thinking that the PI story is best told from the single point of view?

I just read the book again last week, and I don't want to take the time to look it up, but maybe someone else might remember--isn't the only time Spade is "off camera" during the scenes that show Gutman's daughter?

And what purpose does she serve? I kept asking myself that when reading it.

Jack Bludis

"Shadow of the Dahlia," Sept 30th. "Munchies," Shamus and Anthony nominee, Best Short Story http://www.jackbludis.com

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