RARA-AVIS: Re:LaBrava and Brown

From: Tapani Bagge (tapani.bagge@armas.fi)
Date: 08 Aug 2008

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    LaBrava was the first Leonard I read - and it made me wonder what all the fuss was about. At that time he was advertised, at least here in Finland, as a new Chandler, which he clearly isn't. Later on I read Get Shorty, and I saw the light. After that, I have translated two of his books into Finnish and read most of them. Recently, I read Cuba Libre, which is kind of like a western in Cuba, then I read a real western, Valdez Is Coming - a great book - and just yesterday I finished Split Images - thanks for the recommendation, Mr. T. A terrific book. I really can't say, which Leonard is the best. Almost all of them are good.

    Fredric Brown is another old favorite of mine. As it happens, I have translated two of his novels and a few short stories, too. He's especially good at short stories.

    Tapani Bagge

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