Re: RE : RARA-AVIS: Bloch/Woolrich

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 12 Feb 2008

Yeah, I too am a New Yorker and appreciate that aspect of the novel. He mentions restaurants and bars that are long gone. I must say in the midst of a lot of Woolrich bashing going on here that I enjoy his books tremendously, although I do find his male characters tiring at times. A point that bears repeating about Woolrich, and it's not true of most of his contemporaries, is that you never know how the story will unwind and he always manages to maintain tension throughout.


---- William Ahearn <> wrote:
> I loved Manhattan Love Song for all the reasons that
> you mentioned and for his glimpses into a city long
> gone. As a native New Yorker, I sometimes find that
> period pieces are too centered on the historic and the
> commercial while Woolrich lets you know what it was to
> ride on the El. It's one of the qualities of his that
> I really appreciate.

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