Mortdecai Question #14: Comparisons

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Mortdecai Question #14: Comparisons

Unread postby fireflydances » Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:17 pm

The back flap of the book most of us purchased compares Mortdecai to a "stew of PG Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler, lightly seasoned with Ian Fleming and Damon Runyon, with a jigger of Groucho Marx and just a dash of the Marquis de Sade."

What's your analysis? Any writers that come to mind after reading Bonfiglioli?
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Re: Mortdecai Question #14: Comparisons

Unread postby nebraska » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:28 pm

This is not my usual genre, so I really don't think I can speak to the comparison question. :mortdecaiheart: I know I made a comment about the style of books like Gone Girl compared to Mortdecai, but I think that is apples to oranges.

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Re: Mortdecai Question #14: Comparisons

Unread postby Liz » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:29 pm

I think that is a good description based on what I know about Chandler, Fleming, Marx and what I've learned about Wodehouse. The similarity drawn to the Marquis de Sade is a weaker one, I think. I see Bon as being somewhat blasphemous to the Church, but that's about it. But my opinion does not come from first hand knowledge as I have never read anything by any of them except Bon.

But I'm hoping that others who have read Chandler, Fleming, Wodehouse and/or the Marquis will chime in.
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Re: Mortdecai Question #14: Comparisons

Unread postby SnoopyDances » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:36 am

I am woefully uneducated on this one... :dunce:

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Re: Mortdecai Question #14: Comparisons

Unread postby shaman-art » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:57 am

SnoopyDances wrote:I am woefully uneducated on this one... :dunce:


Haha, me too! :highfive:
I haven't read most of what's listed above. I know a little bit of Chandler and Fleming, but I've never read them in English. I had to google Damon Runyon because I had never heard that name before. :fear:

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Re: Mortdecai Question #14: Comparisons

Unread postby Liz » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:45 pm

Oops. Forgot to give an opinion on Damon Runyon. I do see a bit of him in there too, based on Firefly's tidbit where she briefly describes his style of writing.
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Re: Mortdecai Question #14: Comparisons

Unread postby stroch » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:23 pm

^^Especially Jock, with his appearance and speech patterns. I see more of Wodehouse because of the wit, not much Chandler because of the plotting, definitely Groucho because of the sarcasm and wackiness, and maybe Fleming for the exotic villains and gorgeous locations. And escapes. To me, it had more than a few echoes of The Thin Man.
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