RARA-AVIS: Re: Daniel Woodrell

From: mattiasjennerholm ( mattias.jennerholm@spray.se)
Date: 06 Jun 2006

I started with Tomato Red and then Muscle for the wing, planning on continuing with Death of... and Give us a kiss. But Tomato Red is the better of the two I've read. Muscle... is fun and full of great one-liners but still light-weight. Tomato Red is dark and fun and quite a bit teasing in that it never really explodes, it just hints at it. The first paragraphs of the first chapter are the most well-written I have read in a long time. Many new writers are often likened with Jim Thompson but that's just name-dropping for marketing purposes. Tomato Red however is getting close in its country quirkiness, somehow reminding me of Wild Town by Thompson.

all the best/Mattias

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Chris M" <cptpipes@...> wrote:
> William Denton wrote:
> >One last e-mail: if someone, like me, has never read
> >anything by Daniel Woodrell, what's the best book to
> >start with?
> With aplogies for contributing little more than "me too" I would
> Give Us a Kiss as well. The Death of Sweet Mister is a heartbreaker
and Woe
> To Live On is an experience of its own, but I prefer the action and
humor in
> Give Us a Kiss
> Woodrell started with a detective series, and I have all three of
those on
> my shelf but have only read the first one. From comments on the list, I
> understand that each one of those is an improvement on the one
before, so
> perhaps I should get around to the other two.

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