Re: RARA-AVIS: The moral implication of killing

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 23 Oct 2007

Mark wrote:

But on this forum, at least, they should be related to the literature (as you did with your examples, Huck Finn and One Flew). This discussion of the death penalty totally lost its grounding in literature a long time ago.

************** Killing as a solution to problems permeates hardboiled and noir. Although I have no objection to a request for a discussion to begin with a specific reference, the extension of it to general principle seems not only logical but desirable. Near as I can tell, that's just about where the discussion is now.

I don't savor the idea of what we would discuss if religious, political, and moral issues invoked by hardboiled and noir were deemed off-limits. I have no problem with "Great plot, interesting characters." Been there done that and going back again, but it is subtext and interpretation as well as entertainment that drives my interest in reading.


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