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Raymond Chandler: A Biography by Tom Hiney
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Raymond Chandler: A Biography

by Tom Hiney

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An uncensored look at Chandler's life as an author, a husband, a screenwriter, and occasional rogue.

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Hiney on Chandler is as good as it gets. Somewhere in that book, Chandler is quoted as saying that those men who stand up in a line abreast and walk forward into live machine-gun fire gain a perspective on life that those who haven't done it never achieve. My guess is that recovery from such an experience involves copious amounts of booze, countless reams of paper, and the occasional company of others who survived a similar adventure. ( )
  NathanielPoe | Apr 11, 2019 |
Contains relatively little about his writing process, focusing instead on what was going on in his life. By page count, most attention paid to his latter years when most of his output was behind him. How he managed to function at all in the latter stages of his alcoholism boggles the mind.

One of the most intriguing throwaways was that apparently Dr. Seuss was a drinking buddy. ( )
  encephalical | Oct 30, 2013 |
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