Re: RARA-AVIS: Changing standards for masculinity (behavioral, not just muscle)

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 27 Mar 2008

--- In, Patrick King <abrasax93@...> wrote:

> I'm speaking here, for example of books like DAY OF
> THE JACKLE; one of those few "blockbusters" that live
> up to the hype. It's beautifully constructed. A
> nail-biting narative. My only objection to it is that
> the Jackle got off that first shot that missed. That
> book was an "instant classic" and deserved to be. As
> good as Forsythe is, he's never managed to create such
> an impact again. Similarly we have Metelious's PEYTON
> PLACE, which was arguably the first "blockbuster" and
> an "instant classic." This doesn't happen often, and
> the publishing industry has proven repeatedly it can't
> be manufactured. But when it does happen it is the
> most satisfying reading experience.

That is a very good novel, an example of perfect timing. And the great Fred Zinemann made a fine film version of it. I saw it again recently
(thanks, Turner) and it impressed me.



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