Re: RARA-AVIS: Themes of Revenge in Joe Gores's Work

Date: 15 Jan 2008


Thanks for reminding me about how the DKA stories changed over time. Now that I am further into WOLF TIME, I have come to really appreciate that Gores's economy of word use changes during the course of a single story. I guess what is was about WOLF TIME that made such a strong initial impression on me was Gores's method of conveying the kind of extreme tension associated with the shooting of Hollis Fletcher. However, as I read on I found the tone eased up a bit such that the tension was being conveyed in a noticeably less overt manner, as befits the group of relatively emotionally suppressed characters that populate WOLF TIME.

Thanks again for the feedback.



> Harry,
> Is Gores's more terse style symptomatic of theme (revenge) or tone? For
> instance, I'd have to check, but I seem to remember a pretty clipped,
> Hammettish style in the early, more strictly procedural DKA's, but not
> the later, more humorous ones.
> Mark

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