|willhr||I just finished "Uncle Chris Turns North," and enjoyed it very much. I'm impressed with the way all characters are realistically portrayed and multi-dimensional -- no cardboard bad guys, for instance.
I'm excited to read more, and to the extent I'm able I'm trying to read the stories somewhat in chronological order based on dates provided in Jon Tuska's bibliography, which I really appreciate. (I'll go back to pick up "The Untamed" and other stories; they're on order now.) It will be interesting to see how Mr. Faust develops as an author.
He must have been a sort of Mozart of literature, producing great quantities of wonderful stuff very rapidly and with little need for revision. I suppose the stories were fully developed within him and readily flowed out as he wrote.
For the last couple of years I've had fun with Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Louis L'Amour. I'm glad to have another wonderful storyteller to add to the mix.
I'd appreciate any suggestions, comments, or observations anyone may have for somebody just getting started with Max Brand.
|Bifocals||I recently had the pleasure of reading my first Max Brand novel DESTRY RIDES AGAIN when I purchased the new paperback edition after watching the Tox Mix movie 'adaptation'. Enjoyed his story telling ability and making me want to find out what happened next. Good writing never goes out of style.
Went back to the store and found the story collection BAD MAN'S GULCH and am currently reading "The Adopted Son"
I'm 57 and sorry I waited so long. From looking at his bibliography there's plenty to keep me busy. Plan on growing older catching up.
|MIke||I just picked up a yellowed copy of "Smiling Desperado" from a guy selling miscellaneous stuff in Brick Lane street market. I'm half-way through it and it is blowing my mind.
I've been gestating a Mexican historical fiction novel for a couple of years so I've been picking up every Western genre bit of literature I can get my hands on, as I'm from Toronto, Canada and live in London, England but want to set my book in 1846 Sonora and Texas, right before the Mexican war kicks off. I've never been to the area and everything I know about it is from books. Brand has an amazing authenticity to his writing that is proving invaluable and inspiring, and it's the first time I can genuinely feel the atmosphere just from reading.
I'm dreading finishing this book - Cadigan is an amazing protagonist. Brand has somehow managed to completely avoid cliche, while still staying very true to the genre.
Once I'm done this, you can bet I'm going to chase down the rest of his work!
|Stepnitz||Wow! You allude to E.R. Burroughs when speaking of Max Brand! I too felt there is some sort of inexplicable connection between the two! The stories are similarly irresistable I suspect for the same reasons, and yet those similarities illude me at this present moment. Any thoughts?
I have skimmed the biography on this site and was distressed and yet intrigued to know that Faust had consulted with Jung. I was only distressed to learn that F.F. was an agnst-ridden individual; and that his conflicts (perhaps due to his untimely demise) went unresolved to the grave.
Did Burroughs have issues? Having not researched his bio I haven't a clue.
At any rate, I hope you have the occasion to read this note, and the time to respond to it.
|Will||Hi Stepnitz! Unfortunately I know very little about Burroughs' personal life. In certain ways he and Faust were quite different. ERB began writing fiction at a time many would consider quite late in life for starting creative endeavors. Faust, on the other hand, began cranking out his stories when he was quite young.
ERB was maligned by professional literary critics, while Faust, I think, was taken seriously and recognized for his literary endeavors.
One thing is certain, they both had AMAZING imaginations. There's probably no one who can top them (match them -- maybe on some level, but not top them).
I was reading a critique of America pulp fiction which said those 2 authors, more than any others, set the tone and direction for everyone else.
You asked if ERB had issues. He seems to have been pretty level headed I gather, just from some things he said. He pointed out that he wrote to escape -- to escape poverty.
I enjoyed your recent post.