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message 1: by Greg (new)

Greg I certainly didn't like Chicago (and like you don't care for McGee there either), and prefer to live far south, and not to far from McGee's fabled busted flush. As to your quote about homosexuals, McGee does add,"The Man who knows that his preference are solidly heterosexual has no need to go about thumping everybody who lisps. " Which maybe is borderline acceptance on MacDonald's part, but I don't believe for a second McGee himself thinks all gay men have lisps. Odd, McGee feels ahead of his time than his own author.


message 2: by Darwin8u (new)

Darwin8u I agree, he does seem ahead of much of our time too. But while I absolutely enjoy his economics, environmentalism, and libertarian tendencies - his views on race, sex, and gender (despite behind ahead of his time) still tend to erode his books just a bit.


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Greg Darwin8u wrote: "I agree, he does seem ahead of much of our time too. But while I absolutely enjoy his economics, environmentalism, and libertarian tendencies - his views on race, sex, and gender (despite behind ah..."

Agreed, the author's voice, and McGhee's, occasionally just say the absolute wrong thing and can cause a reader (at least, me) to check out of the story momentarily and remind myself "Okay, it's 1968, still no excuse though." I know Raymond Chandler is considered by many to be a great writer, but his racism is ugly. So ugly, in fact, that I couldn't get past page 5 of his second book. A later one, "Playback" from 1958, has Chandler dialing back on racism and sexism. Then again, in "Red Wind" there are just some completely odd lines like, "After a while 2 men came with a basket. Lew Petrolle (petroleum???) was still polishing his glass and talking to the short dark dick," and I question what, exactly, is he even talking about.


message 4: by Darwin8u (new)

Darwin8u Greg wrote: "Darwin8u wrote: "I agree, he does seem ahead of much of our time too. But while I absolutely enjoy his economics, environmentalism, and libertarian tendencies - his views on race, sex, and gender (..."

I don't think I've ever used Chander in my reviews of MacDonald, but I totally agree and have linked them in my mind before. You and I are on the same page here. There is a reason why I bitch and moan, but still read ALL of JDMcD's Travis McGee novels.


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