Joseph Moncure March
- Title: The Set-Up
- Author: Joseph Moncure March
- ISBN: null
- Page: 299
- Format: Hardcover
Recent Comments "The Set-Up"
Sure, "The Set-Up" isn't quite as good as "The Wild Party," but nobody writes like Joseph Moncure March. Hero to the Jazz age and cult idol of the Beat Generation, his hard-boiled noir-infused epic poem/novellas are a style no one has even dared to attempt with any seriousness since then. If the story is slight (a washed-up black boxer isn't informed that his fight is fixed and that he's expected to go down), the delivery and the unique use of language more than makes up for it.
I didn't find this to be nearly as successful as The Wild Party in a number of ways. I didn't think the rhythm worked as well, the characters weren't as interestingly developed, and the story dwelled too long on the fights before the main event and avoided exploring further in what way Pansy was falsely accused that sent him to jail. I did think the ending was good and the depiction of the bigotry of the era was handled well too.
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