RARA-AVIS: Sorrentino

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 24 May 2006

I was reading the Washington Post obit of Gilbert Sorrentino when I ran across this description of one of his books:

Among Mr. Sorrentino's finest works was "Mulligan Stew" (1979), in which he borrowed characters and structural elements from James Joyce, Dashiell Hammett, Flann O'Brien and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel's central character, a crime novelist, was so inept that his characters plotted ways to escape his literary fate.

In one passage, a parody of hardboiled detective fiction, Mr. Sorrentino wrote: "I crushed the glass in my hand. I didn't feel the pain except as part of the constant pain that was my whole bitter, shabby life."

Has anyone read this book? Somehow, I doubt it's hardboiled or noir, but how does Hammett (and his characters?) fare?


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