Three early comments on James Ellroy's Pefidia
- A pointed stick used to find water is a dowsing rod, not dousing. (pg. 137)
- One who objects to doing something is averse to it, not adverse. (pg. 385)
- I enjoy the novel's jabs at the 1940s Hollywood Left, through the pen of Kay Lake, one of the novel's four central figures and, in her way, a thematic carryover from Ellroy's previous novel, Blood's A Rover:
"The tall Negro with the huge basso. The Broadway showstopper-cum-slaves' lament. The dilettante leftists. The wayward girl from Sioux Falls. The unhinged police captain.
"...A Princeton-educated Negro extolled class revolt; a frail woman with runs in her stockings strummed an oversize lute. I laughed and covered my mouth. The dowager whispered, Be still, child.'"
Come to think of it, that's less a jab at the Left than a snapshot of an all-around insane period in American history (December 1941).
© Peter Rozovsky 2014