Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Chandler on Woolrich

Date: 03 Feb 2008

In an effort (perhaps a feeble one) to tie this thread into another recent one, it seems fair to say that Woolrich was hardly formulaic. But, did his work tend to have a specific kind of form? Was his penchant for risk-taking his way of staying true to his own form?

Best, Harry

P.S. I haven't read much of Woolrich, so this post comes from very much a neophyte when it comes to all things Woolrich.

Quoting Richard Moore <>:

> Very good points. Woolrich was fearless in taking the risks you
> mention and the overall risk of failing badly and looking a bit
> foolish. Now and then, the magic wasn't there enough to rush the
> reader past the coincidences and plot holes. But he certainly
> succeeded (at least for this reader) more often than not. Woolrich
> to me has an emotional, improvised feel. He's not reading notes from
> a score. He takes us deep into personal fear and suspense when its
> working well for him.
> The other thing about Woolrich that I want to mention is that he is
> merciless. He had no series character and readers could not be
> certain that characters would come out well or survive at all.

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