The Waste Land

The Waste Land L A private eye Christopher Marlowe is searching for his dead partner s killers In his wanderings in a nightmare world of literary allusions he meets a range of characters including T S Eliot and Ezra

  • Title: The Waste Land
  • Author: Martin Rowson
  • ISBN: 9780330372268
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • L.A private eye Christopher Marlowe is searching for his dead partner s killers In his wanderings in a nightmare world of literary allusions he meets a range of characters including T.S Eliot and Ezra Pound.

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    1. After numerous rereadings I still think this is the best analysis, parody, commentary and tribute to 'The Wasteland' that has been written. And given the mountains of critical 'writing' piled on that poem that is an extravagant claim.The standard critical approach to 'The Wasteland' is to cast the reader as a detective who must hunt for the clues which will give the poem coherence; the irony being the only coherence the poem has to offer is the reader's search for it. Rowsom's comic performs thi [...]

    2. This is not a blend of genres that I would normally apply to a single book, but this volume is a mashup of T.S. Eliot and Raymond Chandler, a thing you don't see every day, and with good cause.While it's a treat on many levels, it's also as wild and disconnected as either of the two, only multiplied by a plethora of cameos. With Mary Astor as a dangerous dame and Sydney Greenstreet looking for the Grail, the story is as complex as a killing someone with a tuna. You can do it, but it's not the be [...]

    3. A brilliant satire, both of Eliot, and Modernist literature in general, but also of Chandler and the cliches and tropes of Chandlerian private detective fiction. Rowson knows the material well, peppering the story with numerous allusions to the literature, as well as images from classic films of the '30s and '40s.

    4. The art style is a little to dark for my taste and the story seems to jump all over the place. If you're a fan of noir and T.S. Elliot than you might enjoy it but otherwise I wouldn't recommend it.

    5. Just read The Waste Land by Martin Rowson, an interesting graphic novel parody of T.S. Elliot's The Waste Land featuring characters and story lines of Raymond Chandler's detective novels.

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