Friday, March 25, 2011

20 Books This Year Project/#7: The Hilliker Curse, James Ellroy

James Ellroy lost his mother at the age of nine from an unsolved murder and this framed the rest of his life in terms of his relationships with women. He obsessed on the women his life, whether it was a real relationship or women who only passed through his life briefly. He brooded, he panicked, he imagined fully-realized scenarios with these women. He combines hard-boiled machismo with the fears that a young boy has toward the girls in his neighborhood. He keeps hoping the next woman is Her, even into his sixties. He's afraid to be alone, yet doesn't know how to be together. Yeah, I got it. Grade: A

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