American Tabloid Paperback – 3 Jun 2010
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American tabloid is tightly plottted and Ellroy ties up his loose ends neatly. The weaving of fiction into history works well, even if it is fanciful to say the least.
This is a book written by a man, mainly about men. Very very bad men. And yet I was able to identify with the three main characters. They "compartmentalise"; doing bad things followed by good things. Their moral ambivalence is unsustainable which is one of the main parts of the story. We are only given the briefest physical descriptions so I had to make them up myself.
Ellroy is boyishly awkward in writing about women; again there are three main women who are much better people than their paramores. No happy endings for them either.
I chose it as a holiday read and that is what it is. It comes in bite size chapters and moves along at a fair clip.The protagonists are all larger than life and above the law.The language and views expressed sound harsh to modern ears: I did not realise what a PC softie I had become. Ellroy does not shy from using language to describe matters of race and class in a way that one might find objectionable if it came from the mouths of contemporary characters.
If this narrative does reflect the reality of the US of half a century ago it makes a lie of the idea of the land of the free.it is not a flattering portrayal of the USA.
I had few expectations of this book and I have been pleasantly surprised: it is a good read. The "jive" talk grates at times but this is because seems to switch from being a fast paced thriller to having 50s "beat" language salted in to it but that is me being picky.
To be candid it could be a bit shorter: it spins it's wheel at times and editing would have helped but for an intelligent beach read I could highly recommend it.
Ellroy's famous pared down and austere writing style is not to everyone's taste but in this book it offers weight and atmosphere to the descriptive writing. The dialogue is tremendous and underlying sense of realism throughout the book means depsite it's considerable lenght it rattles along at a pace.
If you like crime, thrillers and political intrigue and a real event back drop then this book will be the finest you read.
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Started 3 times .... Probably off to Oxfam at chapter4
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