Criticism: Blood Relations
SOURCE: Saddlemyer, Ann. “Crime in Literature: Canadian Drama.” In Rough Justice: Essays on Crime in Literature, pp. 214-30. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.
[In the following excerpt, Saddlemyer briefly makes comparisons between Pollock's Walsh and George Ryga's Indian. Saddlemyer then explores the circumstances that lead up to the murders in Blood Relations, and evaluates cause, effect, and blame.]
Action … Suspense … Immediacy … Persuasion … Conflict … Revelation … Climax … Resolution. These are the qualities of theatre, of story-telling, and, coincidentally, of the lawcourts. It is not surprising, then, that...
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