RARA-AVIS: Re: Macdonald, Gatsby, etc.

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 30 Nov 2004

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Frederick Zackel"
<fzackel@w...> wrote:
> For my money, what I like most about Macdonald's work is that he
> compassion to his tragedies. The Blue Hammer, for instance, which
> Macdonald's last work, ends with a father & son embrace.
Forgiveness, in a
> curious way, for murder. On the other hand, compassion is absent
> Hammett, for instance. There's zip mercy on any page. Can you
talk about
> Chandler & Compassion? I dunno. At the risk of pissing off
people, when I
> consider Chandler & Compassion in the same breath, Marlowe makes
me think of
> him as a whiner. Can we talk about Compassion in the Hard-boiled
> Compassion in Noir?
> Stepping back into the shadows to reload...
> Fred Zackel

That's a fair statement about Hammett. He had zero mercy and that made some stories more effective and others a bit empty. I think you are right that Macdonald brought compassion to the PI story, and that is a significant contribution.

Richard Moore

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