New Scudder by Block (was RE: RARA-AVIS: Upstairs and downstairs)

From: William Denton (
Date: 20 Mar 2005

On 14 March 2005, Chris M wrote:

: On another note, I recently read Block's latest Scudder, ALL THE FLOWERS
: ARE DYING. Ever since I read CRIMSON JOY when I was 14 or 15 I've been
: anti books with alternating story lines with the hero taking a chapter
: or two alternating with the serial killer's chapters in italics.

He's done it again, after doing that in HOPE TO DIE, the previous Scudder? After so many books in the first person, I wonder what's made him change. Scudder is the core of them all, and his voice and the way tells the stories is what makes them. You really feel you get to know him over the years.

    He looked in the mirror. Yes, he thought. Yes. Soon, soon
    he would have a section of this e-mail all to himself. It
    couldn't be in italics, but it would be indented. And everyone
    would know it was different, and that HE was different. And
    he would show them all. Slowly, he drew an X over his face in
    the foggy mirror.

I was very disappointed in the last Scudder book, and I doubt I'll bother with this one now that I know he's structured it the same way.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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