Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Welcome to Vicki Hendricks, guest of honour

Date: 08 Apr 2005

In a message dated 4/8/05 10:13:54 AM, writes:

> But the ending is only happy if seen from the central character's
> perspective. Leonard is extremely critical of the character. Most of
> Charles Willeford's novels end with their amoral narrators emerging
> triumphant, and these are among the darkest noirs ever written.

and I would call A Clockwork Orange noir, even though the protagonist emerges triumphant at the end as well. when the point of the novel is that if a man is inherently evil, but the greater evil is to rob him of free will, that IMHO is decidedly a noir point of view

John Lau

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