Re: RARA-AVIS: Revising novels

From: Chris M (
Date: 21 Jan 2005

>miker wrote:
>"I abhor the practice of revising novels.

And Mark said:
>In that case, you might want to hesitate before starting on those Tim
>O'Brien books you were asking about. From what I understand, he sees
>his books as works in progress and continues to revise some of them, so
>there are supposedly distinct differences between some editions.

I don't know about this, but will try to take some time to check it out. Regardless, it would be a shame if someone passed up reading The Things They Carried simply because it has been revised. It's one of the great ones. Simple and direct writing that packs a wallop.

For what it's worth, his two most recent books are about as far from noir and/or hardboiled as it gets. Not a criticism, and I liked them both - just a disclaimer before we go too far afield.

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