Patrick mentioned that Paul Newman did not resemble the Lew Archer of the
novels. But does Macdonald ever tell us what Archer looked like? Does
Chandler gives us much of a description of Marlowe, except for his height
(which is where Bogart falls short -- sorry)? Describing the physical aspects of your hero isn't easy to do when you're writing first-person narration. Though Hammett managed to put the image of the Op in our minds. And MacDonald gave us a complete picture of Travis McGee, using McGee's often annoying self-referencing. I'm wondering if it might not be better to let the reader fill in the blanks. Any opinions?
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