Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

First The Phillies, Now This …

Quoth the Irish Times:
“Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.”


bookwitch said...

She's not into crime (that I know of), but children's author Meg Rosoff has some fairly worthy thoughts on life and all that, on her website this morning.
Go on and read the bit on ambition, too.

Corey Wilde said...

We are still feeling pretty giddy this am in Ohio. The realization that "democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope" were not stabbed to death by the Bush administration is a heady one.

John McFetridge said...

Yes, first the Phillies now this.

And Bookwitch that piece on ambition is very good. When does ambition become greed? Who gets to decide what "better place" the world is made into? How does one persons success impact on another's failure?

More questions than answers, certainly, but that's the point. And it sure does fit into crime fiction, in many ways it's the big theme we wrestle everyday. Just look at The Big O and the role of ambition.