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Jean Ray
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 13 April, 2018 01:08PM

Several days ago I came across Jean Ray, a name I had never heard of before. After reading several of his stories I must say he is a marvelous writer, chiefly "The Shadowy Street" is great. I enjoyed his tales so much I bought his novel "Malterpuis" today so I am looking forward to read it. What do you think of him?

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Re: Jean Ray
Posted by: jimrockhill2001 (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2018 05:41AM
Ray's work is incredibly uneven, and friends who have read him in French claim that even his best stories have clumsy passages in the original language. I like several of his stories, notably "The Shadowy Street", "The Mainz Psalter", "The Last Traveller", "The Inn of Specters", and MALPERTUIS.

Re: Jean Ray
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 8 May, 2018 02:30PM
I just finished reading "Malpertuis" and yes, you are right, Jean Ray is sometimes uneven. The book is very confused, almost chaotic here and there; a long tedious passage about nothing is followed by a sentence reading of which makes you split your sides with laughter only for you to get to a column that makes a huge impression on the readerĀ“s imagination. Now I have been able to get five or six stories he published under the nickname John Flanders in Weird Tales so I am curious what they will be like.

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