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The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel) (original 1939; edition 1988)

by Raymond Chandler (Author)

Series: Philip Marlowe (1)

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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.… (more)
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Title:The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel)
Authors:Raymond Chandler (Author)
Info:Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (1988), Edition: Reprint, 231 pages
Collections:Read in 2024, Your library, Currently reading
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Tags:read in 2024, read in May 2024, California. Los Angeles, 1930s, private investigator, noir, Philip Marlowe, fiction

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Great holiday read. Clever, intelligent plot, and and a world that easily absorbed me. ( )
  phunculist | Jun 3, 2024 |
"Dead men are heavier than broken hearts."
It's pulp fiction, a hard-boiled detective/noir that set the standard for a genre. What's notable is that in this case, the movie was better than the book. The dialogue is chock full of slang from the 30's, not all of which has aged well. Some lines were so ridiculous that I laughed out loud:
"My God, you big dark handsome brute! I ought to throw a Buik at you!"
As characters go, neither of the Sternwood daughters "has any more moral sense than a cat." They aren't fully developed and their misadventures are never fully explained,and the book leaves some of the murders unsolved, unfortunately. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
It's still quite good. Of course it is quite sexist a times, but the plot is very strong and Marlowe a delicious narrator. ( )
  Lokileest | Apr 2, 2024 |
A classic crime mystery. Plotting, characters, atmosphere and language were top notch. I know TV and movies have poked at the language Chandler used with Marlowe, but it was so unique and wonderful that you want to join Picard on the Holodeck and experience yourself. This is a must read. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
A little hard to follow what was going on given the smart arse dialogue and the off-centre characters, but Chandler does help us recollect where we are with the story in a few places. The story is a sitter for the cinema and so it proved to be. Great to read a story about Los Angeles wherein the weather is so often wet.
  ivanfranko | Jan 13, 2024 |
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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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Chandler, Raymondprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Del Buono, OresteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gould, ElliottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidder, HarveyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marking, StevenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortlepp, GunarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, RayNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rankin, IanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Virtanen, SeppoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Грънчаров, МихаилTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

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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)

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