RARA-AVIS: Re: Tropical Noir

From: Channing ( filmtroll@sbcglobal.net)
Date: 09 Mar 2008

And if we're counting Graham Greene we need to add Robert Louis Stevenson whose Ebb Tide and The Wrecker predate noir but are about as noir as you can get without actually being noir, and they're tropical novels and as gritty as you'll ever read.

Both feature down on their luck outcasts/criminals who are so low they're actually living on the beach. They've bottomed out of society, and yet, somehow they manage to sink even lower.

The Wrecker in particular has moments of the hard-boiled that rival the modern guys.

Best wishes, Chan

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