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American Tabloid by James Ellroy
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Sep 09, 07

really liked it
bookshelves: modernnoir
Read in January, 1998

Ellroy is a kind of conscious primitive in the noir genre. His sentences are never more than 10 words long and read like they were written by reporters for Confidential Magazine in 1957. At a reading for the Texas Book Festival in 2004, I saw him clear out most of a room with unrestrained cursing and politically incorrect references to "dune coons" and the like. As a personality, he is clearly not for everyone.

As a writer, he could be onto something about the "underground history" of America during the 1950's and 1960's. The recent release of the CIA's "family jewels" may confirm a lot of what Ellroy wrote about in the 1990's.

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Karen Holden Hi there Terry!

Would you like to put a question to James Ellroy himself about American Tabloid? BBC World Book Club is interviewing him next Tuesday 3rd November and would love to hear from you. If you could email me at karen.holden@bbc.co.uk as soon as you can with your question about the book (anything - doesn't have to be particularly clever!), we can either arrange for you to talk to the man himself, or have our presenter put your question to Mr Ellroy for you. Then you get to hear your question on World Service Radio! Please get in touch soonest!
All best Karen Holden, Producer, BBC World Book Club

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