Re: RARA-AVIS: The Laughing Policeman

From: funkmasterj@runbox.com
Date: 01 May 2008


I wish I could get the Martin Beck TV series on DVD. I watched it on a local independent PBS station.

What do you think about Henning Mankell's Kurt Walender books?

Jordan

----- Start Original Message ----- Sent: Thu, 1 May 2008 03:02:27 +0200 From: "Anders Engwall" < anders.engwall@comhem.se> To: < rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com> Subject: RE: RARA-AVIS: The Laughing Policeman

> Some comments about the Sjl-Wahleries.
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> It should really be read in order, this is one series where the development
> of the various characters really is important.
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> About the overall quality, Im not so sure. The so-called social commentary
> really gets in the way, at least in the later half of the series. While
> there might some grain of truth here and there, basically all of it is just
> gross exaggerations and pompous demagoguery. And the nonsense ratio
> increased as the series went on - I found the last entry to be basically
> unreadable. This series was once the subject of some very vicious parodies,
> and it deserved it too. And Im saying that as someone who is politically
> (very) left-wing these books are politically counter-productive.
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> That said, if you filter out the deceptive polemics, its a pretty damn good
> series. You REALLY want to know what the hell is gonna happen. These novels
> are usually total page-turners (the last one one possibly excepted I have
> not read it for three decades)
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> The one movie adaption you want to see is THE MAN ON THE ROOF (based on THE
> ABOMINABLE MAN) which just happens to be the only Swedish action movie worth
> bothering about and also totally pisses all over the novel it is based on.
> The murder scene at the beginning is by far the most gruesome one you never
> saw but youll HEAR it Trivia: a few of my cousins were extras at the
> scene of the helicopter crash.
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