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The Big Sleep (original 1939; edition 1988)

by Raymond Chandler

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Title:The Big Sleep
Authors:Raymond Chandler
Info:Vintage (1988), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 139 pages
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The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (1939)

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Likes: guns, rain. Not so hot on gay people or women. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Jan 30, 2016 |
Likes: guns, rain. Not so hot on gay people or women. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
Likes: guns, rain. Not so hot on gay people or women. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
This was my second book by Chandler. The first was an audio read by Elliot Gould, so when reading The Big Sleep, I heard his voice. I have liked both books. I like his writing style, and I like most mystery novels. I found it helpful to remember the time period this was written in, which I try to do with older books, because some of the behaviors and attitudes are dated, and can be abrasive. I would like to read more of his books. ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
Philip Marlowe,"hardboiled" detective, is hired to take care of a blackmailing situation by the wealthy General Sternwood, father of two risque young women. Along the way he hears one murder and witnesses to more, all intertwined. In the end he works on the case he wasn't hired for in the first place, finding General Sternwood's missing son-in-law.

I just can't bring myself to like "hardboiled" detectives in anything other than a very good spoof or comedy, which this decidedly is not. Chandler was a master at description, which is why I'm giving this two stars instead of one. I was able to get through this book listening to it while driving or working. ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
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Novela repleta de nervio y de ingeniosos diálogos. Es un caso de chantaje el que lleva a Marlowe a asomarse a las alcantarillas de una sociedad en apariencia espléndida.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Raymond Chandlerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Del Buono, OresteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gould, ElliottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidder, HarveyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortlepp, GunarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler: Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window (Library of America) by Raymond Chandler

A Treasury of Great Mysteries [Volume 2] by Howard Haycraft

The Big Sleep/Farewell My Lovely/The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep/Farewell, My Lovely/The High Window by Raymond Chandler

The Chandler Collection: Volume 1 by Raymond Chandler

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It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.
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Such a lot of guns around town, and so few brains.
Whoever had done it had meant business. Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.
It had the austere simplicity of fiction rather than the tangled woof of fact.
What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.
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Plot Summary: The decrepit General Sternwood hires Detective Marlowe to investigate Geiger, the man who is blackmailing him. Marlowe discovers Geiger is running a pornography lending library under the front of an antique book store. Marlowe tries to confront Geiger, but finds Geiger dead along with evidence that Geiger has been taking nude photos of Sternwood’s youngest daughter Carmen. While Marlowe takes the drugged Carmen home, Geiger’s body disappears along with the photographic evidence. As one murder leads to another, Marlowe must follow the clues to protect the Sternwood family from its own dark secrets.
Appeal Factors: Private investigator subgenre. Narrated in the first-person by Marlowe. Primary characters are complex. The atmosphere is dark and brooding. The frame highlights the dark underbelly of L.A. The language is succinct, but very descriptive; powerful, gritty and realistic. Action scenes are suspenseful and fairly fast-paced, with space for reflection in between. The reader is drawn in as Marlowe uncovers each new layer of clues. Violent, but not graphic.
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General's daughters
are handful for Marlowe.....but
who did slay chauffeur?
(abbottthomas)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394758285, Paperback)

"His thin, claw-like hands were folded loosely on the rug, purple-nailed. A few locks of dry white hair clung to his scalp, like wild flowers fighting for life on a bare rock." Published in 1939, when Raymond Chandler was 50, this is the first of the Philip Marlowe novels. Its bursts of sex, violence, and explosively direct prose changed detective fiction forever. "She was trouble. She was tall and rangy and strong-looking. Her hair was black and wiry and parted in the middle. She had a good mouth and a good chin. There was a sulky droop to her lips and the lower lip was full."

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When a case of blackmail involving the daughter of a California millionaire leads to murder, the inimitable Philip Marlowe is stirred into action as he becomes embroiled in a troublesome case of extortion complicated by kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder.… (more)

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