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

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 19 Aug 2008

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "decastro3" <decastro3@...> wrote:

    > I am a big Burke fan, and I do agree with you. I'm having a difficult
    > time getting myself to even open Swan Peak for that reason. I'm also
    > a Parker fan, but have reached the point where I only occasionally
    > pick up a Spenser book.

    The problem is not that Burke repeats the stories (he doesn't) but that his series is very protagonist-centered. If you get sick of Robicheaux and his shtick, that's it. I like Robicheaux but whenever I read a Burke novel, I wait a long time before reading another. Too many of the descriptions are similar, the bayou, the sky in the Gulf announcing a storm, the guys burning sugar cane stalks and so on. But his novels are solid works, likely to endure. At his best, he can really involve you in the life of Robicheaux, a complicated guy with all the makings of an imperfect hero. In my experience, Burke tells the South like it is. His knowledge is very intimate.



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