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Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

Farewell, My Lovely (original 1940; edition 1988)

by Raymond Chandler

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Title:Farewell, My Lovely
Authors:Raymond Chandler
Info:Vintage (1988), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler (1940)


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Excerpts from my original GR review (Mar 2013):
- It was high time I slunk down a dark alleyway and sampled one of Chandler's Marlowe tales.
- Our private eye is brazen to the point of foolish, suave around the dames, and quick with a quotable one-liner. Such as, "He smiled his first smile of the day, he probably allows himself four", and "It was a blond. A blond to make a bishop kick a hole in a stain glass window". You gotta love that. These noir tales are what they are, I guess. Equal parts sinister and laughable circumstances, but this one shines in atmosphere and attitude. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Jul 19, 2018 |
1940, hard boiled detective Philip Marlowe. A complex who dunnit with some pretty writing. It wasn't my favorite but it was entertaining. ( )
  Kristelh | Jul 14, 2018 |
exCon Moose hires Marlowe to find his lost girl friend ( )
  margaretfield | May 29, 2018 |
Read this book for the clever writing and numerous bon mots, or not at all. At points Chandler seems to be in love with his own voice, devoting entire pages to describing a single character, room, or other scene. The plot crawls along at a snail’s pace, encumbered by the excessive emphasis on description and the inclusion of unnecessary scenes. ( )
  Tatoosh | May 16, 2018 |
The 2nd of Chandler's books to feature hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe has him involved in not just one but two murders. The first was a night club owner killed by a giant of a man aptly called Moose Malloy. It seems Moose was looking for the girl he left behind when he was put away for armed robbery 8 years ago and the owner didn't give him the answers he was looking for. As Moose had quite literally dragged Marlowe into the club he feels compelled to do a little digging of his own while Moose goes on the lam. The second killing was of a man who hired Marlowe as a bodyguard of sorts while he paid a ransom to get some rare jewellery back that had been boosted from a lady friend. Seeing as he didn't do such a good job at protecting his client Marlowe feels compelled to investigate that too even though the cops warn him off.

It's been a few years since I read The Big Sleep and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the main character and the pulp-noir feeling of this series. It was a welcome return as I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. Chandler has a way with words and draws the reader in to the seedy underbelly of big city life. There may be a proliferation of similes but when they're this good you don't really mind. As it was written in 1940 then there is the offensive racial terminology and views of the time to consider but if you can get past that then you're in for a treat. Equally as good, if not better, than its predecessor this comes thoroughly recommended. ( )
2 vote AHS-Wolfy | Apr 13, 2018 |
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Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.
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Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.

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Moose Malloy, a six-foot-five giant just out of prison, gets detective Philip Marlowe involved in his seemingly hopeless search for Velma, his missing girlfriend.

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