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Travis McGee Says a Long Goodbye (Not FR's Travis McGee)
American Spectator ^ | 8-27-04 | Lawrence Henry

Posted on 08/27/2004 5:27:39 PM PDT by Temple Owl

Travis McGee Says a Long Goodbye

By Lawrence Henry

Published 8/27/2004

My old college roomie from time to time cusses me out roundly for introducing him to the Travis McGee novels of John D. MacDonald. Like me, Mike was raised reading quality lit (he majored in classics, and teaches Greek and Latin), and we both came to popular literature -- indeed, to the very idea of reading for fun -- late in life. Like me, Mike was stunned by McGee and MacDonald -- by the sheer quality, the go-to-hell abandoned narrative mastery (MacDonald rejoiced in digression, and his readers rejoiced with him, as he threw his storytelling loops out into the universe and then reeled them back in, fast or slow, inevitably to the story, always the story), by the settings, the crimes, the characters (some of the most chilling villains ever), the social commentary. The last McGee appeared in 1985.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: johndmacdonald; travismcgee
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He says John D. MacDonald was the best. He's got that right. I do not remember who introduced me to John D. MacDonald, but if I did I'd sent him a Christmas present every year.
1 posted on 08/27/2004 5:27:39 PM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Travis McGee

Ping


2 posted on 08/27/2004 5:28:19 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Temple Owl

Don't forget McDonald's non-McGee stuff. Last One Left & One More Sunday might be the best crime stories out there.


3 posted on 08/27/2004 5:29:06 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Larry Lucido; Travis McGee

My heart stopped. I thought this was a Travis McGee is dead thread. OOOOOOPS!


4 posted on 08/27/2004 5:29:11 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Travis McGee; Tribune7

I thought you guys would like this. He did a good job.


5 posted on 08/27/2004 5:29:11 PM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl

I thought, "Darn, another opus."


6 posted on 08/27/2004 5:29:14 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Temple Owl; Travis McGee

Whew! When I first saw the headline I thought it was our Travis McGee.


7 posted on 08/27/2004 5:29:23 PM PDT by RightWingMama
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To: meyer

Just in case you got non-de-plume from JDM.


8 posted on 08/27/2004 5:29:41 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: cyborg

I was ready to rate his opus on a scale of 1 to 10.


9 posted on 08/27/2004 5:30:02 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL


10 posted on 08/27/2004 5:30:30 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Temple Owl

'Travis McGee's still in Cedar Key
That's what Old John Mcdonald said'


11 posted on 08/27/2004 5:30:37 PM PDT by x1stcav (John Kerry was the only hero from Vietnam; the rest of us were war criminals.)
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To: Temple Owl
Hmmm.
12 posted on 08/27/2004 5:30:38 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Temple Owl
Try this link
13 posted on 08/27/2004 5:30:42 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: cyborg

Nah. He'll call it the Lonely Silver Rain.


14 posted on 08/27/2004 5:31:48 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Temple Owl

You had me worried there for a minute!


15 posted on 08/27/2004 5:32:11 PM PDT by AZamericonnie (I will defend to your death my right to my opinion!)
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To: Tribune7

Oh okay hehe


16 posted on 08/27/2004 5:32:13 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Tribune7

Thank for the correct link Trib.


17 posted on 08/27/2004 5:34:16 PM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl; Travis McGee; Squantos; archy; Eaker; humblegunner

Gaaak! Don't do that.


18 posted on 08/27/2004 5:34:52 PM PDT by glock rocks ( What was I thinking?)
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To: Tribune7

Remember "Condominium?"..I was thinking about it as I watched the hurrican hit Sanibel...It's in the attic somewheres, under a huge pile..


19 posted on 08/27/2004 5:34:55 PM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: ken5050

I couldn't get into it. I gotta give it another shot.


20 posted on 08/27/2004 5:36:15 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Temple Owl

Man, if ever a title needed a clarification disclaimer this is it!


21 posted on 08/27/2004 5:36:59 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: Temple Owl

Half the bag guys in McDonald's stuff remind me of Clinton & his cronies.


22 posted on 08/27/2004 5:37:55 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Travis McGee

I never took you for an opus kinda guy.


23 posted on 08/27/2004 5:38:05 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Donate to the Swifties, once again serving the nation selflessly)
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To: RightWingMama
Whew! When I first saw the headline I thought it was our Travis McGee.

Still....a damn good Headline for an Opus!

24 posted on 08/27/2004 5:39:41 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I Just fell off the boat!! Kerry I need you! Uh..nevermind, it's only hip deep...right now.)
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To: Temple Owl

Whew!
I thought this was a Travis McGee opus.


25 posted on 08/27/2004 5:40:14 PM PDT by mabelkitty (Zealous Troll Hunter - and you know who you are - you've been warned.)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!
I just grabbed a beer for the links to the inevitable posts from The Other Site.


26 posted on 08/27/2004 5:41:12 PM PDT by mabelkitty (Zealous Troll Hunter - and you know who you are - you've been warned.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Well, we haven't heard from him yet.


27 posted on 08/27/2004 5:41:19 PM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl

bttt


28 posted on 08/27/2004 5:41:29 PM PDT by dennisw (Allah FUBAR!)
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To: Temple Owl

if you liked Travis McGee

try author Harold Adams

his character is a good guy in Nebraska during the 1930's.


29 posted on 08/27/2004 5:42:53 PM PDT by bitt
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To: Tribune7
It's the perfect read for a rainy summer weekend..A whiule ago I read an article about MacDonald...marvelous piece..how/where her lived, how he wrote...as I recall he livd in a small ton..in a rural part of the state..He joked to the author that he';d quite writing the McGee series when he couldn't come up with any more catchy titles...

Tonite's trivia queston..who played McGee in the movie....maybe the worst film ever made..ruined a good potential "franchise"..no, I correct that..Dean Martin as Matt Helm was even worse than Peter Sellers as James BOnd..

30 posted on 08/27/2004 5:42:56 PM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: Temple Owl

I have enjoyed John D. McDonald novels and may go back to read some of them again.
I also have enjoyed Ross Thomas novels and they are just as interesting as John D's. So check them out as well.


31 posted on 08/27/2004 5:43:24 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: ken5050

Just looked it up 10 min ago, so it wouldn't be fair to offer an answer now.


32 posted on 08/27/2004 5:44:31 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: ken5050

Sam Elliot was in the "Empty Copper Sea" which was mediocre. I never saw the one with Rod Taylor.


33 posted on 08/27/2004 5:45:12 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Temple Owl
Well, we haven't heard from him yet.

Mebbe he had The American Spectator do it for him.

34 posted on 08/27/2004 5:47:34 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I Just fell off the boat!! Kerry I need you! Uh..nevermind, it's only hip deep...right now.)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

And then there are Ross McDonald novels -- who wrote his first Lew Archer books as John McDonald.


35 posted on 08/27/2004 5:47:57 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Temple Owl
Thanks for the thread Owl. Like many others, I thought it was either an obit or opus for Freeper Travis McGee. I've been chuckling all the way down the thread. :-)
36 posted on 08/27/2004 5:48:16 PM PDT by zeugma (The Great Experiment is over and the Constitution is dead.)
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To: ken5050

You're right it was pretty bad, but I enjoyed Sam Eliot in other movies.


37 posted on 08/27/2004 5:48:32 PM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl

Man you scared the living crap out of me....I thought something happened to freeper Travis McGee..


38 posted on 08/27/2004 5:49:07 PM PDT by Dog ( formerly known as VC-- - - - - - Combat Dog.)
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To: Larry Lucido; Tribune7

IT lalways amazed me..You've got this great book franchise..sells millions, like clockwork..guaranteed success, and millions of guys dyig to see it..so Hollywierd buys the rights, pays a bundle, then all these idiots sit around a big table, and ask themselves..OK we've got this sure-fire hit, with built in sequels. How can we screw it up?


39 posted on 08/27/2004 5:49:39 PM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: Temple Owl

The US Olympic men's basketball team is "pretty bad"


40 posted on 08/27/2004 5:51:37 PM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: cyborg; Travis McGee
I have plans for Matt, but killin' him ain't one of them.

Cyborg, have you read his book?

41 posted on 08/27/2004 5:51:50 PM PDT by Eaker (R.I.P Tony Webb 10-Aug-04 - Phudd 28-Jun-04)
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To: Eaker

Would you believe I didn't know he wrote a book? Duly embarassed :/


42 posted on 08/27/2004 5:52:58 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Temple Owl

I haven't read John MacDonald but it is hard to believe that popular fiction can get any better that the aubrey-Maturin novels by Patrick O-Brian.


43 posted on 08/27/2004 5:53:32 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (http://www.angelfire.com/ultra/terroristscorecard)
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To: ken5050
How can we screw it up?

I could never figure that out either. Especially since you wouldn't need a special effects mega-budget. And at least one of McDonald's books was made into a successful flick, Cape Fear.

44 posted on 08/27/2004 5:53:37 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: ken5050

I never saw it, but I want to find it and watch it now (kind of like wanting to see a train wreck, I guess).


45 posted on 08/27/2004 5:53:51 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Travis McGee

Geeze ... From the headline, I thought this was your "opus" ...


46 posted on 08/27/2004 5:54:22 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Tribune7
Ross McDonald was great also. What is it with these McDonald guys? Thank goodness we still have Ed McBain,Elmore Leonard, William Bayer,Jonathon Kellerman,and Dick Francis. Of course there are others including my all time favorite Louis LaMour. If you guys pick up a Louie Lamour novel you will become instantly addicted.
47 posted on 08/27/2004 5:55:26 PM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Tribune7

My favorite escapist literature genre is the police procedural..especially the 87th precinct novels of Ed McBain. I could never figure out if McGee's alter ego, Meyer, was somehow "related" to Det Meter Meyer...they sound like long separated twins...Well, if I ever want to get a PhD in Eng lit.there's my thesis..


48 posted on 08/27/2004 5:57:39 PM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: ken5050

Another movie I'd like to get a copy of is "The Detective" with Frank Sinatra. I have no idea how good it was. All I know is that Frank never did a movie based on the book sequel, "Nothing Lasts Forever," but Bruce Willis eventually did (three guesses as to the movie name).


49 posted on 08/27/2004 5:58:00 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Temple Owl
Ed McBain was awesome.


50 posted on 08/27/2004 5:59:19 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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