“The most desirable thing in writing is style and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time.” Raymond Chandler
I often play with myself on starting a book a game where I spot the exact point the author hooks me in and I know I’m going to read on. Actually, if I’ve acquired the book myself the chances are I’ll be reading on anyways, but it’s fun to see where that point is as … Continue reading This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff (1989)
Now this man can write dialogue. The story’s about a small-town – population 1280 – psycho sheriff. And it’s a hoot. Here’s a taster. Clock the exasperation. She took a long, shuddery heave. Then she came over to the lounge and stood over me. ‘You you you son-of-a-bitch’ she said. ‘You you you rotten stinking … Continue reading Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson (1964)
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