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16 August 2009 @ 08:48 pm
Adding Rex Stout  
to the list of authors who Make Shit Up. Still, he writes a good story (yes, Archie Goodwin is racist, and Nero Wolfe probably is, too, but more subtly. I take the era in which the books were written into account), so I will continue reading him.

In Some Buried Caesar, he has both a bull and a human die from being injected with anthrax cultured from another bull. Which would be fine, except that they die within minutes of being injected.
Tim Illingworthtimill on August 17th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
My copies are in a box somewhere, so I can't check.

As I recall, Nero has a major anti-racist speech in Too Many Cooks which was written in about 1939(?), which reappears in some other book around 1955.

Again IIRC, Archie says he doesn't need race to feel superior to someone as he knows he's superior anyway.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 17th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
I believe you're right, and Wolfe does make a fairly anti-racist speech, again especially for the era, in Too Many Cooks. I also seem to require him chiding Archie for racism in Fer-de-Lance, the first book.

Archie may not need race to feel superior, but he uses rather more racial epithets (wop, kike, and n* come to mind) than I'm comfortable with.

Edited at 2009-08-17 02:15 am (UTC)
Skye: bluebonnetspagawne on August 17th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Yes, but Archie is an "equal opportunity racist", he doesn't really like anyone who isn't him.
redneckgaijinredneckgaijin on August 17th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
One of the minor (but pivotal) characters in Too Many Cooks hires Wolfe about twenty-five years later, in the 60s, in A Right to Die. Long before that point Archie has lost his rough edges, especially with concern to ethnic/racial epithets. Although a less-than-satisfying mystery, as a character study it's got its points, and I recommend it.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 17th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've read A Right to Die. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
redneckgaijinredneckgaijin on August 18th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I could drop my copy off at starcat_jewel's next time I'm down- probably just before Labor Day, when I have to pick up stuff for AnimeFEST.
Peter Engdornbeast on August 17th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
I find that the only way I can read the Nero Wolfe stories is to remind myself that Archie is, and always will be, a product of the 1930s, and that compared with people today, he's unacceptably racist, in much the same way that people in Mark Twain's writing are.