Re: RARA-AVIS: Iguana Love

From: Ivan Van Laningham (
Date: 06 Apr 2005

Hi All--

Karin Montin wrote:
> I may be in the minority here, but I don't really see Iguana Love as noir. (Jim Doherty of this list has proposed two pithy definitions: noir is dark and sinister, hardboiled tough and colloquial.) The atmosphere is not dark and sinister -- it is all Florida sunshine and beautiful underwater seascapes, although the sense of foreboding does build nicely and the ending is bleak, for sure. Plus, Enzo is just plain bad news.

I see John D. MacDonald's Florida as all sunshine & beautiful underwater seascapes, with the evil lurking in the hearts of men. Iguana makes me see a Florida that's like a movie star's smile--all pearly and white on the outside, black and rotten on the inside. Evil and betrayal are everywhere; nowhere is there the hint of a friend, certainly not in the steely gaze of an iguana.

Metta, Ivan
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