RARA-AVIS: Tropical Noir-The Sequel

From: harry.lerner@mail.mcgill.ca
Date: 09 Mar 2008

Thanks again to everyone for the continued responses to my original post about tropical noirs. I really appreciate all the great input!

Now that I have a great long list of tropical noirs to work my way through, I'm wondering if I should expect siginifcant differences between these stories and the many noirs I have read set in what can be desribed as more 'conventional' locales, i.e. larger urban centers. Does anyone have any thoughts about how different environments have been used as characters in and of themselves? I'm primarily interested
(at least for now) in broader distinctions, i.e. 'exotic' (tropical or boreal) versus 'conventional' (e.g. urban centers), and any differences in how each category of setting has been used to enhance the story being told.

Thanks again!

Best, Harry

Quoting Channing < filmtroll@sbcglobal.net>:

> 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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