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The Big Sleep and Other Novels by Raymond…

The Big Sleep and Other Novels

by Raymond Chandler

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This handsome Penguin edition of three of Raymond Chandler's best novels enhance one's pleasure in reading them. Chandler evokes a strong sense of place in a Los Angeles rife with criminality, beautiful women and money, lots of money - and the corruption that goes with it.
His hero, Philip Marlowe is a man of impossible integrity but this makes him an attractive protagonist as he makes his way along those "mean streets." Chandler's beautiful writing transforms the 'hard boiled' Fiction Genre into something more meaningful, a struggle to live morally in an amoral environment. This is conveyed particularly well in "the Long Goodbye" which amongst other things explores the meaning of friendship.
The quality of the writing and the thematic concerns make the sometimes confused plotting less of an issue for the reader. Famously, Chandler was asked to unravel some of the mysteries of "The Big Sleep" for Howard Hawks and Bogart when they were making the movie of his novel, and he could not help them!
It is hardly surprising that these books have translated so well to film,given the strong characters, brilliantly drawn settings and wonderful denouements. There is also something dream-like about the world Raymond Chandler has created, a perfect fit for the Dream Factory that is Hollywood. ( )
  Maura49 | Sep 7, 2011 |
The original and best of Raymond Chandler's novels and short stories - truly a classic about the seedy side of 1930's upper class America. ( )
  ruthich | Apr 14, 2008 |
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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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Contains "The Big Sleep", "Farewell, my Lovely" & "The Long Goodbye"
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Contains: The big sleep; Farewell, my lovely; The long good-bye
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Raymond Chandler created the fast talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe for his first great novel "The Big Sleep" in 1939. Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - and an attendant cast of colorful underworld figures - is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream. The detective's iconic image burns just as brightly in "Farewell My Lovely", on the trail of a missing nightclub crooner. And the inimitable Marlowe is able to prove that trouble really is his business in Raymond Chandler's brilliant epitaph, "The Long Goodbye".… (more)

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