Re: RARA-AVIS: Bouchercon article

Date: 26 Sep 2005

Al wrote:

"I'm not sure about that. Goodis's characters have frequently lost something. Cassidy, in CASSIDY'S GIRL, or Eddie in DOWN THERE, spring to mind."

As has the protagonist of Goodis's Street of No Return, who was once a well known singer.

"In tragedy, though, the story starts much earlier. Maybe noir starts where tragedy ends?"

That would certainly seem to work for the Goodis characters, who are so often living in the shambles left by their downfalls.

"As for hope, well it's a key ingredient in many of Jason Starr's extremely noir novels. Hope can really screw you up."

Yes, hope can. And there is often hope in Goodis, too. Several of his characters manifest this hope by getting involved with women they believe are better than they deserve. They try for the better life they hope for, but end up returning to the impure, and usually larger, woman they believe they actually do deserve -- both Cassidy's Girl and Blonde on the Corner come to mind.


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