RARA-AVIS: RAIN DOGS by Sean Doolittle

From: Brian Thornton ( tieresias@worldnet.att.net)
Date: 05 Jan 2006

I just got my copy of Doolittle's latest. If you haven't read his stuff, I strongly recommend you do so. He's also the author of DIRT and BURN
(haven't gotten a copy of DIRT yet, but BURN is a terrific book). I've had the book less than a day, and I'm already nearly 100 pages into it (and I don't read quickly, mind you).

So far, so great. This latest one is set in western Nebraska (where my mom's family hails from, so I had a pretty clear image of the area going in to it), and it's got all the makings of a classic. Seriously, Sean Doolittle can turn a phrase like Fitzgerald, describe like Chandler, and use dialogue like Hemingway to show, not tell, and move the plot along at a nice little clip.

As if that wasn't enough, this guy works in the finest American tradition to make the surrounding environment itself more than a back-drop, but an additional character in his books, just as Willa Cather (also using the Great Plains) and William Faulkner (the fictional Yoknapataphaw County Mississippi), Mark Twain (the Mississippi River among other places), Flannery O'Connor (the South, et. al.), DosPassos (the urban jungle of the early 20th century), and so many others among the moderns have done.

Lastly, he's got a way with his characters, an authenticity that I find largely missing from most fiction these days. There's not much artifice in Doolittle's characters. He's very good at putting aside literary convention and showing us people who act like real people, rather than literary constructs. It's refreshing.

Again, I'm only 100 pages into it, but so far, this new one's a winner.

Anyone else here impressed by Sean Doolittle's work? Bill Crider, haven't you read some of his stuff?

All the Best-

Brian Thornton

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