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Book Title: The Quick Red Fox,|
The author of the book: John D. MacDonald
Edition: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Date of issue: January 1st 1974
ISBN 13: 9780397010158
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John MacDonald’s 1964 contribution to the post-modern mythic Florida legend that is Travis McGee (the fourth in the series) is more of tough guy with a mind McGee taking care of business and doing a “favor for friend”.
This episode finds our salvage consultant hero covering the backside of a Hollywood vixen with some indiscretions and some film. Sex, Lies and Videotape in 1964 does come across as somewhat dated in our Reality TV Blurred Lines morality, but as in most of these novels, the real action, the lasting literary significance is what is going on between the lines and behind the scenes.
What I love about MacDonald’s work, especially about the Travis McGee books, is his ability, akin with Hunter S. Thompson, to write like he was forecasting a cultural storm; he had the ironic sociological sensitivity to see a change in the wind, a canary in the coalmine au courant, that allowed him to see way ahead of his time what was coming down the pike.
The casual reader will see a knock-off James Bond, a Mickey Spillane with some loose fitting sophistication, but if a reader tunes in just right, MacDonald was one crying out in the wilderness, WAY BACK in the 60s of a dehumanizing efficacy that has since transformed our world today, fifty years later. Do we still need romantics? Are there still windmills to be attacked, and symbolic dragons to be slain? Yes, and Travis McGee was the vehicle, the instrument, the barometer, that MacDonald used to warn us that this passion in our souls was in danger.
Sure, this is a pulp fiction action adventure with a granite jawed leading man and a made up sensationalist story, but sitting in front of the typewriter was a man of consummate observatory and culturally analytical skill. Read Travis McGee books for the fun misanthropic and politically incorrect action, but read closely and pick up on some poignant social commentary.
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Read information about the authorJohn D. MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pa, and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Syracuse and Harvard, where he took an MBA in 1939. During WW2, he rose to the rank of Colonel, and while serving in the Army and in the Far East, sent a short story to his wife for sale, successfully. After the war, he decided to try writing for a year, to see if he could make a living. Over 500 short stories and 70 novels resulted, including 21 Travis McGees. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._...
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