by David Thomson
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Pub Date 24 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 11 Jul 2023
Oldcastle Books, Kamera Books
In 1985, with the acclaimed Suspects, and then in 1990 with the exhilarating Silver Light, David Thomson delivered unprecedented fictions in which the characters were figures from film noir and the Western. Now a trilogy is completed with Connecticut.
Why Connecticut? Because that lovely, liberal state has been set aside as the resting place for every disturbed person in the nation! At first, this seems like an opportunity for meeting up with the merry ghosts of Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, William Powell and Margaret Sullavan. We get glimpses of Bringing Up Baby, My Man Godfrey and The Lady Eve. But then the wild comedy darkens as we realize that Connecticut itself is on the edge of a demented and cruel war that challenges all its inmates to keep seeing the comic side of mishap and madness.
The trilogy is revealed not just as a set of dazzling stories. But a commentary on how far we have all been steered towards delightful but dangerous fantasies by the movies. Aren't we all screwball now? Is Connecticut safe to visit?
Praise for Suspects:
'Quite probably, Suspects is the most elaborate and witty piece of fan fiction ever' - Independent
Praise for Silver Light:
'Thomson's intricate, hypnotic history/romance about the Old West and how we have come to perceive it... Masterly' - LA Times