Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: David Peace

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 30 May 2010

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    Exactly what I meant, John, and these are very strong books---not books to be read by anyone feeling morose.
         But the review reads like dull literary fiction that a marketer has labeled "thriller" to boost sales. Joy

    On 5/30/2010 3:31 PM, John wrote:
    > Well quite. The willingness of people here to judge one of the very few genuinely important (if, on occasion, over-ambitious) contemporary crime writers on the basis of a few brief snippets chosen by the critic to make particular points is profoundly depressing. Anyway, unless I too have misunderstood Joy's initial post, her point was not that the review dissuaded her from reading Peace, but that, if she had not already read Peace, then the review would have put her off. Which is a very different statement. It's an interesting review but off-putting indeed and lacking a certain understanding of just what the political situation in Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s was like. Also to suggest that the Red Riding Quartet lacks grief is frankly nuts. The books are saturated in grief.

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