Re: Belgian food for thought
- It strikes me as a very valid analysis and conclusion, Xavier.
--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, "Xavier Lechard"
> I had a discussion with a Belgian friend of mine* lately, and hemade a point I found worthy to be shared with you all. As we were
talking about role of police in mystery fiction, he pointed it was
one of the most important differences between Anglo-Saxon and
European schools - one of the most overlooked, too.
> Anglo-Saxon school started with Edgar Allan Poe's Dupin, and neverstopped from then to emphasize on independent detectives, either
amateur or private investigator. Even though police-procedurals
developed and became a major force, lone sleuth remains a trademark
of American and, to a lesser degree, British mystery fiction. On the
other hand, European school, and particularly French, started with
Emile Gaboriau's Lecoq from the Sureté - in other words, a cop.
Official police then always got the lead in European mysteries but
for some famous yet little statistically important exceptions such
as Rouletabille or Arsène Lupin.
> My friend said a good evidence of that gap between the two schoolsis that when you think of a famous American or British detective,
you think of Sherlock Holmes or Philip Marlowe, while Maigret is the
first one coming to mind when it comes to famous European
> What do you think of this opinion? I'll let my friend know aboutyour replies and comments.
>gave it welcome."
> * No, he isn't Hercule Poirot.
> "Existence is still a strange thing to me; and as a stranger, I
> G.K. Chesterton
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