RARA-AVIS: Realistically realistic

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 22 Feb 2006

Mario wrote:

All the PI needs is a good story. Who cares if it's realistically realistic? As Chandler and others have pointed out, all that matters is that the story be psychologically realistic. Many outrageously fantastic stories (entire genrefuls of them, in fact) are realistic in this sense. Is Shakespeare realistically realistic? Cervantes? Kafka? Bradbury? Borges? Bioy? Calvino?

************ I agree, especially with the psychological part. That part I've got to buy in to. If a character's actions don't add up, then I'm not satisfied.

In his once-a-decade interview, Cormac McCarthy was asked why he wrote in a historically inaccurate flavor of death penalty for Texas in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. He smiled and said he was just trying to keep the readers on their toes. Bottom line, I think he was taking a gentle shot at those expecting his fiction to be realistically realistic.

And who the hell is Bioy?


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