Re: RARA-AVIS: Ellroy's L.A. Quartet

Date: 07 Feb 2006

Triber wrote:

"Well, I'm gonna take the plunge. White Jazz is a masterpiece. His stuff before Jazz almost seems amateurish in comparison. Ellroy's use of the language is virtually poetic...and that rat-a-tat voice takes hard-boiled prose and stretches it to its boundaries."

I agree about White Jazz, but I think it's a one-of-a-kind that can't be followed up on. Not even by Ellroy himself. The distinctive style that was the perfect vehicle for that story quickly become nothing but a set of stylistic tics and shtick. By American Tabloid, only one novel later, it was nothing but self-parody.


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