Re: RARA-AVIS: Sorry, more Ellroy

From: Patrick King (
Date: 19 Dec 2007

How the heck can someone be interested in: Latin American imperialism, Hoover's final years, the escalation of Viet Nam, Hoffa's end and Sonny Liston, but have no interest in Watergate? Its like reading The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Twin Towers, then saying, 'Thats enough! I'm not going to read Return of the King.' Anyway, I hope he finds a more probable end to Jimmy Hoffa than he did to Elizabeth Short. Its hard for me to believe he doesn't see a link between the disappearance of Hoffa and Watergate. Nixon commuted Hoffa's sentence, after all. But Hoffa didn't disappear until July of 1975. How's he going to keep that within his 1972 cut off date?

Patrick King
--- jacquesdebierue <> wrote:

> --- In, scatalogic@...
> wrote:
> > "I got it from the man himself: the third book in
> the Underworld
> U.S.A.
> > Trilogy will be released in March '08. It will end
> in May of '72,
> and Ellroy has
> > said he will not write past that moment in time in
> his future works.
> In other
> > words, all his subsequent work will take place
> before May '72. I
> wanted to
> > pump him for details but I didn't. I do recall
> him saying this book
> will focus
> > on Latin American imperialism, Hoover's final
> years, the escalation
> of Nam,
> > Hoffa's end and Sonny Liston. He has no interest
> in Watergate.
> >
> > No word on if Wayne Tedrow will be the sole
> protagonist or if he
> creates
> > another pair to make it a trio.
> I hope age and mastery lead Ellroy to simplify his
> style, something
> that has happened to many writers (usually to the
> great benefit of
> their work, and colaterally, of their readers).
> When Gabriel Garcíˇ MᲱuez published _Love in the
> time of cholera_,
> many people felt that he had let them down; in fact,
> he had
> streamlined his style and he had produced an
> authentic work of art. No
> matter, there were those who loved him for the
> torrential style that
> he practiced his most famous novel. He has never
> gone back to that
> style. I wish Ellroy would totally abandon the style
> that started in
> White Jazz and got ridiculous in American Tabloid
> and The Cold Six
> Thousand. In Dick Contino's Blues he achieved a kind
> of classicism, a
> hardboiled style that did not overwhelm the reader.
> That would be my
> wish, anyway, which counts for nuthin', of course.
> Best,
> mrt

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