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

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 14 Nov 2005

At 09:09 AM 13/11/2005 -0500, you wrote:
>You said it, Kerry---the racism is used to build character in Cain, bad
>character. In MF it's just in there as matter of fact. You need to read
>and Mildred Pierce.

Been a while, but I seem to recall Cain's descriptions of the Greek community as being largely positive. I felt them sympathetic, anyway. The Greek treated the drifter quite well, as I recall, and didn't deserve his fate. I think the drifter needed to devalue his victim in order to kill him, and part of Cain's skill was in recognizing that. And it was easily done, given the times.

I liked Mildred Pierce, though it was not so tightly written as Postman. Haven't read Serenade- but I might on your recommendation.

Thanks for the flattering confusion with Karin.


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