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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.
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.