Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Chandler, Hammett and Fleming: Get Real

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 06 Mar 2008

And of course there's nothing quite as convincing as a fake memoir.


----- Original Message ----- From: "jacquesdebierue" <>

> One can only speculate as to the "realism" of a story. How can a
> typical reader know? For example, I don't know Detroit and I am very
> convinced by the "realism" of Leonard's novels. I cannot compare what
> he writes with any personal experience of the place. The same goes for
> stories involving certain professions or circles. I've said it before,
> but the realism is psychological, and I do believe it can be created
> out of whole cloth by a good writer. It can also be created out of
> direct experience, and probably the details will then be more
> accurate, but will the story be necessarily better? I doubt it. Many
> memoirs are dull. Many travel books are dull.
> Best,
> mrt

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