Father Figure (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Positions still open)

From: dermdocsx2 (dermdocsx2@cox.net)
Date: 15 Aug 2008

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    I agree with Mark about Scudder. Also, remember that, for all intents and purposes, Scudder has been "married" to Elaine for most of the latter two-thirds of the series, and they have an adopted "son" in TJ, the streetwise kid who helps Scudder on his cases. I think that since Scudder is almost a hero in repose, the longterm relationship with Elaine and his surrogate fatherhood to TJ actually enhances the realism, maturity, and progression of the character and his "arc" of development. It all boils down to the skill of the writer and the richness of the character.

    Patrick Lee

    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
    > Patrick wrote:
    > "The only reason for a detective to go to an AA meeting is to find a
    > killer or find a witness to the killing. If the detective need to
    go to
    > the meeting for his own purposes, the reader doesn't need to know
    > it."
    > Couldn't disagree more. I depends upon how it's handled. For
    > in Block's Scudder books where the detective first grapples with his
    > alcoholism, the AA meetings have little to do with the mystery, but
    > everything to do with Scudder's character. That is when the series
    > really elevated itself.
    > This also reminded me that Scudder had a kid (kids?), but they were
    > long a part of his life.
    > Mark

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