RARA-AVIS: Re:Motel noir...

From: Kevin Burton Smith (kvnsmith@sbcglobal.net)
Date: 14 Jul 2009

  • Next message: Allan Guthrie: "Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:Motel noir..."

    Al wrote:

    > One more: THE MOTEL LIFE by Willy Vlautin. As good a debut as I've
    > read
    > since Donald Ray Pollock's KNOCKEMSTIFF. Vlautin's the polar
    > opposite of
    > McCarthy, simple prose, language that never transcends the
    > vocabulary of the
    > narrator. It's not sold as noir (I don't think -- I don't pay much
    > attention
    > to marketing labels) but I suspect if you like noir you'll get on
    > pretty
    > well with it. Might be just a bit elliptical for the more conservative
    > reader but I quite enjoyed the digressions (the protagonist likes to
    > make up
    > stories throughout to entertain his brother).

    And Vlautin's day job, as singer/songwriter for grungy alternative Americanistas Richmond Fontaine has provided plenty of satisfyingly noir (or whatever you want to call it), lyrically sparse moments as well...

    "My brother left home one night, no one knew where he went..." is how
    "Williamette" begins.He writes songs like he's writing short stories.

    Kevin Burton Smith Editor/Founder The Thrilling Detective Web Site
    "Wasting your time on the web since 1998."

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