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In fact, reading the dialogue, I couldn't help hearing Edward G. Robinson in the movie Little Caesar (1931). I truly believe that Burnett's clipped dialogue played a big part in creating Robinson's gangster persona for many movies.
Here, the cops are coming after the main character; and his girl Blondy wants to get away along with him:
"Nothing doing, Blondy. I'm traveling fast and I can't be bothered with no dame . . ."
" . . . It's all over now, and you stay planted, Blondy, and as soon as I get a chance I'll send you a stake. . . ."
"Shut your mouth . . .and if the bulls come up the front way, kid `em along. Make `em think you got me hid, see?"
Even more significantly, Burnett saw the world a new way--through the eyes of gangland killers. And he opened that world to readers of Little Caesar.
Little Caesar tells of Cesare Bandello, or Rico, a crook from Youngstown on the rise in Chicago. In Little Caesar, Burnett presents the essence of each character in few words.
"Sam Vettori sat staring into Halsted Street. He was a big man, fat as a hog, with a dark, oily complexion, kinky black hair and a fat, aquiline face. In repose he had an air of lethargic good nature; due entirely to his bulk; for in reality he was sullen, bad tempered, and cunning."
So begins the story, telling just about all the reader needs to know about gang leader Sam Vettori.Read more ›
Sam Vettori is one of the toughest gang-bosses of Little Italy, but his days are counted. A new ambitious predator is on the verge of throwing Sam from his throne. Cesare Bandello, commonly known a 'Rico', is that guy. On more than one area has Rico proven to be Sam's superior, but on pulling the strings Sam stays the expert. That's why both decide to co-operate. But when a robbery turns bad -a captain of the police gets killed- everyone starts fending for themselves.
Little Caesar is simply a masterpiece. Not only because it is the first of its kind and it gave birth to a whole range of gangster fiction, but also because the peculiar way it is composed. Although it is written in an almost objective and factual style -almost like in a newspaper-, it still succeeds in getting the reader emotionally involved into the action. The action itself, of which there is plenty, is being reported in a very compact narrative, which gives the story a fast and suspenseful pace.
One warning though: the book contains quite some thirties-slang, which might disturb the inexperienced reader. Do you know what happens if someone turns yellow, for example?
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