RARA-AVIS: Re: Latest read

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 27 Jan 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Ron Clinton" <clinton65@...> wrote:
    > I'd sure echo that sentiment. While I preferred THE AX, I found THE
    HOOK a
    > very compelling read. It does suffer somewhat by comparison, I
    suppose, but
    > THE HOOK, taken on its own merits, is a marvelous work, and is sure
    to have
    > 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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