--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ron Clinton" <clinton65@...> wrote:
> I'd sure echo that sentiment. While I preferred THE AX, I found THE
> very compelling read. It does suffer somewhat by comparison, I
> THE HOOK, taken on its own merits, is a marvelous work, and is sure
> a special empathetic slant for those readers who are writers as well.
From nonseries books such as these two, I have the impression that
Westlake had a volcano inside of him, even though he controlled the
eruptions. He knew what was going on in the world... He did what
Wodehouse said he couldn't do: write about an idyllic, imaginary world
(Dortmund, other comical books) AND get deep down there into the darkest reality. It's quite an achievement. Sometimes I wonder what Wodehouse would have written had he chosen the realistic vein. With Westlake, I don't have to wonder.
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