RARA-AVIS: Re: Harper about to come on - TCM

From: Dick Lochte (dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 22 Aug 2010

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    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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