Re: RARA-AVIS: 1974

Date: 06 Jul 2006

miker wrote:

"Mark has mentioned that when everyone in Ellroy's work seems to share the same prejudice, it makes him start to wonder about the author's intentions. Although I don't personally see that in Ellroy, . . ."

For the record, I didn't see it in earlier Ellroy (at least not while I was reading them, although in retrospect . . .). It only really started to seem to call attention to itself late in the LA Quartet (though not enough to override the other things I liked in it). It really bothered me in American Tabloid, where everyone seemed to have the same racist and homophobic attitudes. This may very well have been more due to sloppy characterisation (a lot of the characters blurred for me in other ways, as well), but when the default attitude seems to be a uniform racism and homophobia, I've got to start wondering if it doesn't say more about the author than the characters.

Of course, with Ellroy, it may very well say more about him trying to be scandalous by taunting PC attitudes than his personal attitudes.


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