From: James R. Winter ( winter_writes@earthlink.net)
Date: 17 Dec 2004

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Bludis Jack <buildsnburns@y...> wrote:

<<<For his time, McGee was caring. And like many men from that time, any woman who made love to more than one man in her lifetime--unless her first husband died--was a slut.>>>

Oh, I agree about the times. And the first two books I could filter that nicely. In this one, I simply found none of the characters except Buckleberry sympathetic.

I see things in the Marlowe stories all the time that make me cringe, but I keep in mind that, in a more modern era, he'd be less inclined to refer to blacks as "shines" and might be a tad more charitable toward women. And in THE HIGH WINDOW, Marlowe even tweaks the nose of those very attitudes. (Because of that, I thought of the lawn jockey Marlowe kept patting on the head as a less-enlightened garden gnome.)

It's clear McGee is a caring man in his own way, and some of the women he beds could stand to loosen up or indulge themselves a little. But in this one, it just didn't work for me.

Jim Winter

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