Re: RARA-AVIS: Surprise Endings (was "Unreliable narrator")

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 12 Nov 2005

Vicki wrote:

I think Hammet is much worse on the racism/misogyny than other writers of that period because of the casual assumptions that fall into the background. It's
 fine to have a character who's a racist, as a character flaw, but it bugs me how it's not really a purposeful point in the Maltese Falcon. Notice that Cain, being in the same era, has no racism, and his women might be bad, but they're not weak.

**************** I've been thinking about this and I can't recall a single incident in The Maltese Falcon that's racist. Guess it's been too long since I've read it.

Cain's Postman is brilliant. It's up there with Hemingway. I have never read anything else by Cain. I'm afraid it will disappoint me.


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