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My first Ellroy,
This review is from: American Tabloid (Paperback)This was my first introduction to Jame Ellroy. A few friends had recommended him and I thought I would give him a try. I normall avoid thriller/cop type genre but had recently really enjoy Don Winslow's 'The Power of the Dog'. Well I was disappointed. I found American Tabloid overlong and convoluted. The 3 main characters of Boyd Kemper, Ward Littel and Pete Bondurant and each strong individual characters and there was plenty of tension to keep me reading. I personally the mix of fiction and fact a bit annoying. I know the bare bones of amercain politics in eary 1960s but was not aware enought about the Hoover and Hoffa dyanamic to fully appreciate some of the finer nuances within the novel.
Whilst I was not that impressed with the book I am tempted to read another Ellroy so it can't have been that bad.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2007 15:28:09 GMT
I've read a lot of James Ellroy, and I struggled a bit with this one. It's not the best introduction to his work - try the Black Dahlia for a (slightly) more straightforward read...
Posted on 19 Oct 2009 13:53:30 BDT
Ruth Mcdermott says:
Hi there - the BBC World Book Club is soon to be hosting Mr Ellroy for him to discuss American Tabloid. We need people like you to ask him questions! Is there anything about the book you'd like to ask him? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with anything you'd like to ask.
Ruth McDermott - Broadcast Assistant, World Book Club, BBC World Service
Posted on 17 May 2010 02:22:56 BDT
I would agree with what you have said. This was also my first Ellroy novel and there are large parts of it when I simply had no idea what the hell was going on. It has to be said that I too have a lose sketch of American history and this is a book simply written by an American for Americans - or those with a great interest in that particular culture and history. And it's not just the background but the language - and even the use of language - in the book. Anyone from England who has spent anytime in the US is aware that there are times when one feels one is talking to people in a foreign language - Ellroy's writing style takes this and multiplies it. And this to me is it's basic problem - if Ellroys prose does not hold you (or at least interest you) there is very little else in this little unoriginal, little potboiler to hold your interest. Its like reading Ulysses but without the interesting metaphors and characters.
Posted on 11 Apr 2013 18:14:22 BDT
W. McLanachan says:
I couldn't agree more. This is also my first James Elroy read and while I enjoyed it I found it far too long and with too many minor characters making it overcomplex. Despite having lived in the US I found the "street" dialogue difficult at times.
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