(urth) The Death of Doctor Island Movie

Jeff Wilson jwilson at io.com
Mon Oct 16 19:51:53 PDT 2006

Daniel D Jones wrote:
> On Monday 16 October 2006 13:38, David DiGiacomo wrote:
>>>> Care to expound on why you find it offensive?
>>> I was thinking the same thing.  I mean there is some violence in
>>> there, but nothing more than you'd find in any of his other books.
>>> Heck, he had an executioner for a protaganist.  So what did you find
>>> offensive David?
>> Oh, blatant misogyny.
> Misogyny on the part of Wolfe or the part of characters in the story?  If the 
> former, I'm not sure what you're referring to, particularly if you take into 
> account that the story was published in 1973.  It would be a bit of an 
> understatement to refer to Dr. Island's dismissal of Diane's murder as 
> unimportant because it helped cure Ignacio as misogyny.  I can certainly see 
> why those events would be offensive, but that's part of what makes the story 
> so forceful.  But I don't think that describing offensive events makes a 
> story itself offensive, unless you believe that the moral or theme of the 
> story somehow supports or lauds those events.

It's just that Wolfe seems to be really fond of including misogynist 
characters and situations in his stories.

Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
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