RARA-AVIS: Re: Dead Calm

From: e_lynskey ( e_lynskey@yahoo.com)
Date: 16 Jul 2007

Good post, Jeff. I enjoyed reading both.


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Vorzimmer"
<jvorzimmer@...> wrote:
> Just finished Dead Calm by Charles Williams. It's a sequel to
> though a much better book. The two books have a lot in common,
besides the
> two main characters. Because they are so similar it seems
incredible that
> the same two people could have their boats stolen/hijacked twice
in one year
> (the two novels are set six months apart). With that said, they
are both
> excellent books, though much different from his "land" books. In
fact a good
> argument could be made for Dead Calm being Williams' best novel.
My only
> problem with it, was that it delved too much into the kind of
> psychology that was so popular at the time (1963).
> I also watched the movie with Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy
Zane. They
> tightened up the plot in order to squeeze it into an hour and a
half running
> time and traded the psychological aspect for the suspense of a
> horror/slasher thriller.
> Well, eighteen down, three to go. Looks like it's shaping up to be
> Charles Williams summer. Although filmwise I'm catching up on the
Film Noir
> of the 40s and 50s that I missed over the years (Gun Crazy, The
> Nightmare Alley, The Killing) instead of the 60s spy movies I
watched last
> summer.
> Jeff

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