Re: RARA-AVIS: Conrad, Hemingway and Faulkner (was: Dan Fortune series)

Date: 06 May 2005

In a message dated 5/6/05 12:58:22 PM, writes:

> After reading this thoughtful reply it occurred to me that was meant was
> that Hemingway wrote about a person effecting the environment, situation, what
> ever that he was in, while Conrad wrote about the situation effecting the
> person.
> Put another way, one might ask what changes from the beginning to the end of
> stories from these authors. Ex. The Old Man comes back from the ocean with
> the carcass of a sword fish. Yes it isn't much, and he had to fight hard to
> get that, but the universe did have to yield just that little bit. By contrast
> the universe in 'Heart of Darkness' is immutable and it is the people that
> change. (At least as far as my sketchy memory allows me to comment.)
> To write about the human condition, is to write about the situation that
> human's find themselves in, possibly at the expense of the characters. (Seems
> like this is one of the main appeals of Noir and existentialism. YMMV.) It
> needs human characters to make the point, but your not really talking about the
> human.

almost sounds like the difference between noir and hard boiled

John Lau

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