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The Big Sleep ➮ [Read] ➪ The Big Sleep By Raymond Chandler ➺ – Thomashillier.co.uk Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraidHe is the hero he is everything He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man This Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither The Big Epub / tarnished nor afraidHe is the hero he is everything He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man This is the Code of the Private Eye as defined by Raymond Chandler in hisessay The Simple Act of Murder Such a man was Philip Marlowe, private eye, an educated, heroic, streetwise, rugged individualist and the hero of Chandler s first novel, The Big Sleep This work established Chandler as the master of the hard boiled detective novel, and his articulate and literary style of writing won him a large audience, which ranged from the man in the street to the most sophisticated intellectual Marlowe subsequently appeared in a series of extremely popular novels, among them The Lady in the Lake, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely Elizabeth Diefendorf, editor, The New York Public Library s books of the Century, p Selected as one of Time Magazine s All TimeNovels, with the following review I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn t care who knew it I was everything the well dressed private detective ought to be This sentence, from the first paragraph of The Big Sleep, marks the last time you can be fully confident that you know what s going on The first novel by Raymond Chandler at the age of.

    Paperback Ù The Big Sleep PDF Ú The Big Epub / by Raymond Chandler in hisessay The Simple Act of Murder Such a man was Philip Marlowe, private eye, an educated, heroic, streetwise, rugged individualist and the hero of Chandler s first novel, The Big Sleep This work established Chandler as the master of the hard boiled detective novel, and his articulate and literary style of writing won him a large audience, which ranged from the man in the street to the most sophisticated intellectual Marlowe subsequently appeared in a series of extremely popular novels, among them The Lady in the Lake, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely Elizabeth Diefendorf, editor, The New York Public Library s books of the Century, p Selected as one of Time Magazine s All TimeNovels, with the following review I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn t care who knew it I was everything the well dressed private detective ought to be This sentence, from the first paragraph of The Big Sleep, marks the last time you can be fully confident that you know what s going on The first novel by Raymond Chandler at the age of."/>
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About the Author: Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriterIn , at age forty four, Raymond Chandler The Big Epub / decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression His first short story, Blackmailers Don t Shoot , was published in in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in In addition to his short stories, Chandler published just seven full novels during his lifetime though an eighth in progress at his death was completed by Robert B Parker All but Playback have been realized into motion pictures, some several times In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America He died on March , , in La Jolla, CaliforniaChandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard boiled school of detective fiction Chandler s Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett s Sam Spade, are considered by some to be synonymous with private detective, both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential MarloweSome of Chandler s novels are considered to be important literary works, and three are often considered to be masterpieces Farewell, My Lovely , The Little Sister , and The Long Goodbye The Long Goodbye is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as arguably the first book since Hammett s The Glass Key, publishedthan twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery.



10 thoughts on “The Big Sleep

  1. Kirk Kirk says:

    She was the first thing I saw when I walked into the bookstore Such a looker I damn near tripped over a stack of calf high hardbacks set next to a stand of morning papers I m sorry, she said We re not quite open yet That s okay, I told her Neither are my eyes I could tell right away I wasn t going to win any hosannas by being a smart aleck I need a book, I continued by way of apology Something fun but dark I m looking at five hundred miles today, but I m not in the mood for She was the first thing I saw when I walked into the bookstore Such a looker I damn near tripped over a stack of calf high hardbacks set next to a stand of morning papers I m sorry, she said We re not quite open yet That s okay, I told her Neither are my eyes I could tell right away I wasn t going to win any hosannas by being a smart aleck I need a book, I continued by way of apology Something fun but dark I m looking at five hundred miles today, but I m not in the mood for an epic Noir, maybe It takes a lot of plot to get through Tennessee She went to the shelves and started looking at the books I was looking at her looking at the books I m pretty sure I had the better view Try this She handed me a trade paper nothing flashy Minimalist even But I recognized it, and the title went down like a good steak You ever read it before The Big Sleep Sure It s been twenty years, though I don t remember much Literary hair of the dog, she nodded It should suit you It s got a dead dirty books dealer, a nympho with a pistol, some scrape ups, and a lot of snap cracklin wit Maybe one or two too many jawbreakers, but there s no mush My guess You ll hit the FINIS before you make Cullman Something caught my eye Outside, three cruts piling out of a red pickup I thought about the night before, the money at the casino one interstate exit up, the deal that didn t go down so straight I looked at my scraped knuckles and licked the cut in my gums I hoped I made it to Cullman Hell, I hoped I could make it to a last page What about the sentences I asked What about them You start with the big letter and follow the rest to the dot at the end That s all you need to know about sentences, Jack I like mine short, but not stuttery Any joe who speaks one word ones is likely to get a smack upside the head from me By the same token, I don t go for gabber.s Long, windy ones give me an ache You know why Because long sentences are a tough chew when you re sporting a busted rib or two. She saw the cruts outside They hadn t spotted me, but I wasn t lucky enough to stay the invisible joe indefinitely You got a broken rib, do you She was watching the dufuses outside Not right now, but something tell me I will before I get to Chapter 2 An idea came to mind Hey, how about you give a dying man his wish and read me a paragraph or two of this Chandler guy She took the book back, not looking at it but looking at me, not a dab of fear in her eyes, but hard as a charcoal and twice as haughty For a second I wondered what it would cost me for her and the book both, but what with the ride I was headed for, I didn t need any baggage She opened the book and purred out the antepenultimate paragraph You know the one the one that explains the title The big sleep It had the kind of sentences a man could die for With my luck, I probably would You better ring me up, I said The cruts had spotted the bookstore and were headed for its door They knew me too well I ll pay cash, I told her Because neither of us has time for credit If you ever get back to town, swing by I stock noir like air I ll hook you up Sure If I make it back Maybe then I can swallow a longer paragraph I was on my way to head off the cruts when I nearly tripped again over the stack of hardbacks next to the morning papers You sell many of these I asked Not a one, she shrugged I looked at my name on the book jacket Figures, I shrugged back I set it back on the stack gently, because tossing it would ve been ungentlemanly and I stepped outside to meet my fate Damn if the little livro pusher didn t do me right The Big Sleep turned out pretty durable, especially for a trade paper Just ask the first crut who came at me He crumpled the second he took its spine upside the temple

  2. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    It is always a pleasure to revisit a good book and find it even better than you remember But it is humbling to discover that what you once thought was its most obvious defect is instead one of its great strengths That was my recent experience with Raymond Chandler s The Big Sleep.I had read it twice before once twenty years, once forty years ago and have admired it ever since for its striking metaphors, vivid scenes, and tough dialogue Above all, I love it for its hero, Philip Marlowe, the cl It is always a pleasure to revisit a good book and find it even better than you remember But it is humbling to discover that what you once thought was its most obvious defect is instead one of its great strengths That was my recent experience with Raymond Chandler s The Big Sleep.I had read it twice before once twenty years, once forty years ago and have admired it ever since for its striking metaphors, vivid scenes, and tough dialogue Above all, I love it for its hero, Philip Marlowe, the closest thing to a shining knight in a tarnished, unchivalrous world.But even though I recalled Chandler s metaphors with pleasure, I also tended to disparage them as baroque and excessive Having read too many Chandler imitations and watched too many Chandler parodies, I had come to view his images as exotic, overripe things which could survive only in a hothouse corrupt things like the orchids the aged General Sternwood raises as an excuse for the heat.This time through, I refused to let individual metaphors distract me, but instead allowed the totality of the imagery including the detailed description of the settings do its work When I did so, I was not only pleased by the aptness of the descriptive passages but also surprised by the restraint of most of the metaphors True, there are a few outrageous similes, but they are always used deliberately, for humor or shock, and often refer to the General s daughter Carmen, who deserves everything she gets Overall, the sustained effect of the imagery is to evoke vividly and atmospherically the beauty and corruption of Los Angeles.But, first and foremost, the author s imagery is the narrator Marlowe s too as is also the case with Joseph Conrad s narrator Marlow and because of this it reveals to us the heart of Marlowe s personal darkness his place in the world, the person he wishes to be, and the profound distance between the two Chandler introduces us to Marlowe at the Sternwood s palatial mansion, a medieval gothic structure within sight of but mercifully upwind from the stinking detritus of Sternwood s first oil well, the foundation of the family fortune Over the hallway entrance, a stained glass window depicts a knight who is awkwardly Marlowe thinks unsuccessfully trying to free a captive maiden her nakedness concealed only by her long cascading hair from the ropes that bind her Marlowe s initial impulse He wants to climb up there and help He doesn t think the guy is really trying.Thus, from the first, the despoliation of L.A., the corruption of big money, and a vision of chivalric romance complicated by sexuality a vision which encompasses both the urgency and impotence of knight errantry reflect Philip Marlowe s character and concerns As the book proceeds, the ghost of Rusty Reagan, an embodiment of modern day romance Irish rebel soldier, rum runner, crack shot , becomes not only part of Marlowe s quest but also his double, another young man with a soldier s eye doing General Sternwood s bidding, lost in the polluted world of L.A At the climax of the novel, everything that can be resolved is resolved, as Marlowe, the ghost of Reagan and one of the Sternwoods meet amidst the stench of the family s abandoned oil well Afterwards, though, all Marlowe can think about is Eddie Mars wife, the captive maiden who cut off all of her once long hair to prove she didn t mind being confined Silver Wig Marlowe calls her , who rescued him from killers by cutting his ropes with a knife, but who is still so in love with her corrupt gambler husband that Marlowe cannot begin to save her

  3. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    Review updated again on September 17, 2019It 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 I was wearing my powder blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark little clocks on them I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn t care who knew it I was everything the well dressed private detective ought to be I was calling on four mill Review updated again on September 17, 2019It 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 I was wearing my powder blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark little clocks on them I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn t care who knew it I was everything the well dressed private detective ought to be I was calling on four million dollars I quoted the whole first paragraph to show that both Philip Marlowe and his creator Raymond Chandler have style Plenty of style The whole series oozes it It became its major defining point Onequote to drive the point homeNeither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead A crippled millionaire with rapidly failing health hires Philip Marlowe to investigate seemingly simple blackmail case involving one of his daughters The cynical PI charges only 25 a day plus expenses For this money he got shot at several times, was knocked out by a blow in his head, met quite a few dead people and helped some of them meet their early demise directly and indirectly I would say he got a lot of excitement at a bargain price I really need to say a couple of words about Raymond Chandler The guy took simple mindless entertainment called noir and made it an art form simple as this He was copied by practically every single noir creator since then I am not talking about books only movies, theatrical plays, radio plays, TV mini series involving a lonely PI have Philip Marlowe as original source of inspiration Chandler s quality of writing still stands well above that of people who came after him Add to this a very fast complicated plot with numerous twists and you have a true classic of genre which while aged somewhat is still as entertaining to read, or reread as it was almost eighty years ago when it was first published I am not going to mention great characterization, short and to the point descriptions, but these are present in all books of the series.If I am not mistaken this is fourth time I read the book and despite the fact that I can quote some passages from memory it is still not boring It still keeps me on the edge of the seat I would give six stars to this book if I could, but I have to settle for five.Onequote somebody stop meI don t mind if you don t like my manners They re pretty bad I grieve over them during the long winter nights P.S It would be a great injustice not to include a still from the classic movie with great Humphrey Bogart P.P.S Canadians are lucky enough read have less insane copyright laws than most other countries to have this book freely available from Project Gutenberg Canada The rest of the world sorry, your loss

  4. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    A killing reading PAINT IT BLACK A nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy. That was the line that hook me when I watched the classic film adaptation, the one produced in 1946, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.While I loved the whole movie, that scene between Marlowe Bogart and the character of General Sternwood Charles Waldron at the glasshouse in the beginning of the story was what hooked me It s a wonderful dialogue, full of vices, smoking A killing reading PAINT IT BLACK A nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy. That was the line that hook me when I watched the classic film adaptation, the one produced in 1946, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.While I loved the whole movie, that scene between Marlowe Bogart and the character of General Sternwood Charles Waldron at the glasshouse in the beginning of the story was what hooked me It s a wonderful dialogue, full of vices, smoking and drinking, and while I don t smoke and I seldom drink alcohol in parties, I am not prude and I think that type of characters look cool while smoking and drinking Maybe because I think new millenium society has become too sanctimonious about the topics I know that they aren t healthy conducts, but look at me, I like to watch characters doing both things and I don t do them on my own.Funny thing that if some character uses a gun and kills some other character, nobody is shocked, but if some character smokes, everybody gets scandalized about it I m told you are a widower and have two young daughters, both pretty, both wild. It was a delicious dialogue between the detective Marlowe and the General Sternwood Certainly when the bundle of stunning ladies, in those gorgeous 1940 s wardrobes and hairsyles, starting to fill the screen, the hook got me totally.I love Film Noir movies and I love detective novels, so reading Noir Detective novels is like something I should to begin many years ago.Obviously I have watched almost all the relevant Film Noir movies that they were inspired by the same iconic Noir novels, but even so, I want to read those original books, but also many others that they don t have film adaptation and or I haven t watched the movie version I am fan of movies and books, so I do like both formats and I have no preference of one over the other I enjoy both ways to know stories The Big Sleep is my favorite Film Noir movie of all, so I thought that it was the perfect choice to be the first fully Noir novel to read.And I enjoyed a lot since while I still love the movie, I enjoyed to read the differences on the book, to be able to appreciate a different approach to the basically same general story It s interesting that while the book isopen to show polemic issues and quite impressive taking in account that the novel was published in 1939 but the book isn t that packed of sexy scenes with lovely ladies as it was the movie version.A key angle to read the novel is that, while in the movie the identity of the culprit I won t spoil it, don t worry is left in the air, on the book you will know quite clearly who did it And obviously that s the whole deal in a detective novel Still I love the movie version because is so much fun to watch it I have it on DVD, and you can bet that as soon as it would be available on Blu ray, I will order it at once BABY S IN BLACK So, you re a private detective I didn t know they really existed except in books. Philip Marlowe, the detective in this novel, along with the character of Sam Spade in its own book series are like the role models to the rest of Noir detectives that came after them Hat, raincoat, smocking, and a bit if not lots of cynical humor You don t want them to be something different She was worth a stare She was trouble. Femme Fatales Love them, but be careful, because they may be as lethal as gorgeous But you never be sure and that s part of the fun The Sternwood Sisters, Vivian and Carmen, certainly are great characters and impossible to predict what they will do next.Hard boiled Detectives and Femme Fatales do a dangerous dance during the whole deal of the stories where the outcome of those are as important as to know who did the murder.Noir Novels are hazardous beasts that have their own rules and they work in their own kind of universe where those rules have total sense, indeed the whole reason of why we love to read them The Big Sleep is a prime example of the genre and also definitely one of the most relevant titles there A smart story with punchy dialogues and one heck of narrative

  5. Brina Brina says:

    Raymond Chandler first published The Big Sleep in 1939, introducing us to the world of Philip Marlowe A modern, noir like detective story, The Big Sleep changed the genre from passive interactions to action packed thrills between the private eye and criminals Set in 1930s Los Angeles, then a sleepy town controlled by the mob as much as the police, The Big Sleep is a non stop action thriller General Sherwood has hired private eye detective Philip Marlowe to solve the mystery of the whereabouts Raymond Chandler first published The Big Sleep in 1939, introducing us to the world of Philip Marlowe A modern, noir like detective story, The Big Sleep changed the genre from passive interactions to action packed thrills between the private eye and criminals Set in 1930s Los Angeles, then a sleepy town controlled by the mob as much as the police, The Big Sleep is a non stop action thriller General Sherwood has hired private eye detective Philip Marlowe to solve the mystery of the whereabouts of his son in law Terrance Regan Marlowe takes the case because he usually subsides on 25 a day, and figures the case to be cut and dry Then, he is introduced to the General s daughters, Carmen and Vivian, and Marlowe is roped into a world of crime Instead of having to solve a missing persons case, Marlowe has three murders on his hands and multiple mob goons breathing down his neck With little assistance from assistance district attorney Ohls and viewed as a nuisance by the Los Angeles Police, Marlowe is on his own Questioning everyone from racketeers to pornographers, he slowly pieced together Regan s whereabouts Adding to the thrill of the crime, both of Sherwood s vixen daughters desire Marlowe in a way that has nothing to do with detective work All these facets of the book add up to nonstop fun Before Chandler introduced readers to pulp detective books, crimes passively suggested whodunit The detective went pawning around for clues and eventually solved the case Last year I read a few modern mystery books set in the 1910s and they hold true to the time period The action in the novel as well as short sentences in first person created changed the way mystery writers wrote detective and crime novels Even though this book was published in 1939, it held my attention because of all the action packed into its pages Marlowe eventually holds off the Sherwood sisters and finds out whodunit to all of the crimes Smitten with the older of two sisters and in the good graces of the police and district attorney s office, the door is open for Marlowe to return fordetective work A fun book full of crime, the mob, and fast women, The Big Sleep is a fun detective book that held my attention throughout I look forward to readingof Marlowe s cases and I rate this premiere 4 solid stars

  6. Matthew Matthew says:

    Reflections on The Big Sleep Classic hard boiled detective fiction at it s finest Every stereotype, every cliched phrase, it s all there and it is glorious If you are looking for dames and gumshoes and sawbucks and swapping lead then look no further Almost every page had a quotable line that had me smirking This book is set in a different time If you do not remember this, you may be upset or offended by the content These characters are uncouth and indelicate Several times during the boo Reflections on The Big Sleep Classic hard boiled detective fiction at it s finest Every stereotype, every cliched phrase, it s all there and it is glorious If you are looking for dames and gumshoes and sawbucks and swapping lead then look no further Almost every page had a quotable line that had me smirking This book is set in a different time If you do not remember this, you may be upset or offended by the content These characters are uncouth and indelicate Several times during the book I said to myself Dang, he can t say that But, he didand that s just how it was It s a bit convoluted I am not going to lie several times during the book I was not quite sure what was going on or where things were going I am not even sure I fully understand the resolution I reflect on this as a genre period peice and I enjoyed it for that, not necessarily a mind blowing plot Do I recommend this book Really, only if you want to add some classic hard boiled to your collection If you only think you should read it because it is considered a must read classic, I am not sure you will enjoy it all that much

  7. Matt Matt says:

    The game I play is not spillikins There s always a large element of bluff connected with it When you hire a boy in my line of work it isn t like hiring a window washer and showing him eight windows and saying Wash those and you re through You don t know what I have to go through or over or under to do your job for you I do it my way I do my best to protect you and I may break a few rules, but I break them in your favor The client comes first, unless he s crooked Even then all I do is h The game I play is not spillikins There s always a large element of bluff connected with it When you hire a boy in my line of work it isn t like hiring a window washer and showing him eight windows and saying Wash those and you re through You don t know what I have to go through or over or under to do your job for you I do it my way I do my best to protect you and I may break a few rules, but I break them in your favor The client comes first, unless he s crooked Even then all I do is hand the job back to him and keep my mouth shut Raymond Chandler, The Big SleepRaymond Chandler s The Big Sleep is not the type of book I usually read I don t really care for detective novels, or multi layered mysteries, or books in a series sharing the same protagonist Raymond Chandler s classic novel, a striking example of so called hardboiled fiction, fits all three categories The Big Sleep features a private investigator a private dick, in the parlance named Philip Marlowe, who is hired by an old, dying millionaire to deal with a blackmailer who has targeted one of his daughters In investigating this blackmail, Marlowe who would eventually figure into seven completed novels, and numerous short stories getsthan he bargains for, as the clues he follows leads him down a labyrinthian path strewn with an increasing number of dead bodies Nothing in my tastes have changed I still don t really care for detective novels or mysteries, and the last thing I need in my reading life is to start a new book series Rather, I came to The Big Sleep based on its reputation as great literature I read it for the same reason I read War and Peace and Moby Dick and Les Mis rables because of its lofty status Having finished, there are two excellent things I discovered about The Big Sleep First, its reputation is absolutely deserved Second, it is only a fraction of the size of those aforementioned titles, and is paced like a bullet train I could probably read this five times before finishing David Copperfield The Big Sleep begins at 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 Marlowe, who narrates in the first person, is looking dope and dashing with his suit, tie, and display handkerchief He has just arrived at the mansion of General Sternwood, who has two troublesome daughters, Vivian and Carmen Vivian is married to an ex bootlegger who has run off and disappeared Carmen is being blackmailed regarding some scandalous photos Marlowe is given the task of tracking down this blackmailer and keeping things hush hush That is the setup To sayabout the plot is impossible, without spoiling the various twists, turns, and loop the loops Also, to tell youwould tax my callback abilities Even though I took extensive character notes, I m still not sure I caught everything even though Marlowe helpfully recapitulates the storyline on a couple occasions Suffice to say, Chandler s core design is satisfying It keeps you on your toes it is tricky without being incomprehensible and it is surprising without being implausible There are some glaring loose ends, which I ll touch on briefly below, but it s nothing that worried me The reason is that it s not the plotting or the mechanics of The Big Sleep that make it a masterpiece It is the writing Chandler s Marlowe is a droll, deadpan tour guide of 1930s Los Angeles His descriptions are blunt and to the point his dialogue and the dialogue of everyone he meets is stylized and peppered with marvelous jargon and idioms Next time you re going to leave a room, just tell people you re going to dust Believe me, it will lift you in the eyes of others While none of the characters, including Marlowe, have a lot of psychological depth, they are all well drawn, well described, and memorable That is to say, we may be dealing with pawns, but the pawns leave an impression.Having never read Dashiell Hammett or James Cain or their contemporaries, I cannot make any claims as to what Chandler created himself, or what he improved upon For that matter, I can t even tell you if he did it better than anyone else I can say, however, that The Big Sleep is a beautiful expression of crime noir, with the various L.A locations, the crummy P.I office, the day drinking, the constant smoking this should really have a Surgeon General s warning , and the ceaseless parade of low lifes, mobsters, and femme fatales It was a hoot and a holler to read, even with its retrograde views on race, homosexuality, and women These views, obviously, are period appropriate unfortunately, as The Big Sleep was written in that period, it might also be the author s true perspective It s hard to know what to make of Marlowe s casual misogyny At certain points, it seems played for laughs, as in the famous line about how you have to hold your teeth clamped around Hollywood to keep from chewing on stray blondes At other times, though, Chandler Marlowe s feelings on women seem much darker Originally published in 1939, elements of the The Big Sleep appeared in Chandler s earlier short stories, which he later cannibalized to create his novels In the process, certain things got lost, and some plot holes never got filled Being diligent with my notetaking, I finished the last page with at least one big lingering question mark It took some sleuthing of my own to realize that the solution to that particular query had gotten lost in transition The thing is, I didn t care Despite the occasional roughness, The Big Sleep felt oddly perfect The final product accomplishes exactly what it sets out to accomplish, and it does so with exceptional skill Chandler s commitment to the bit is impressive, and he nails the lexicon, the highly polished one liners, and Marlowe s cynical, world weary existence In form and function and execution, it is a wonderful example of the dizzying heights to which genre fiction can rise

  8. Madeline Madeline says:

    Okay, so it wasn t bad There s lots of fistfights and shooting and dames, and our detective hero is appropriately jaded and tight lipped The bad guys are crazy, the women are freaks in both the streets and the sheets, and there s a subplot involving a pornography racket Everyone talks in 30 s tastic slang and usually the reader has no idea what everyone keeps yelling about It s a violent, fast paced, garter snapping the Depression equivalent of bodice ripping, I imagine detective thriller, Okay, so it wasn t bad There s lots of fistfights and shooting and dames, and our detective hero is appropriately jaded and tight lipped The bad guys are crazy, the women are freaks in both the streets and the sheets, and there s a subplot involving a pornography racket Everyone talks in 30 s tastic slang and usually the reader has no idea what everyone keeps yelling about It s a violent, fast paced, garter snapping the Depression equivalent of bodice ripping, I imagine detective thriller, and you could do a lot worse Chandler, like his contemporary Dashiel Hammett, has a gift for gorgeous description and atmosphere, and uses it well But I just can t stomach giving thisthan 2 stars Here s my problem while I understand that the 1930 s were a very homophobic and sexist time and that books written during that era are bound to include some stuff that makes me uncomfortable, that doesn t mean I m going to enjoy reading a book where the hero is homophobic and misogynist Philip Marlowe, the hard boiled detective of The Big Sleep, makes Sam Spade look like a refined gentleman in comparison And I guess he is Spade has pimp slapped his share of the ladies, but never tried to assure the reader that she didn t mind the slapProbably all her boy friends got around to slapping her sooner or later I could understand how they might Spade never described a room s decor as having a stealthy nastiness, like a fag party Also, the female characters in this book are all loathsome There s no Brigid O Shaunessy, who was violent and evil and awesome and there s no Effie Perine Only a couple of psycho rich girls who Marlowe sneers at while rolling his eyes at their repeated attempts to sleep with him, the stupid whores I ll admit, there can be certain guilty pleasure to be had from reading the perspective of such an unashamedly bigoted character But it gets old fast, and eventually just left a bad taste in my mouth Thank you for your time, Mr Marlowe, but I m casting my lot with Mr Spade He knows how to treat a lady Read for Social Forces in the Detective Novel

  9. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    599 The Big Sleep Philip Marlowe 1 , Raymond ChandlerPrivate investigator Philip Marlowe is called to the home of the wealthy and elderly General Sternwood, in the month of October He wants Marlowe to deal with an attempt by a bookseller named Arthur Geiger to blackmail his wild young daughter, Carmen She had previously been blackmailed by a man named Joe Brody Sternwood mentions his other, older daughter Vivian is in a loveless marriage with a man named Rusty Regan, who has disappeared O 599 The Big Sleep Philip Marlowe 1 , Raymond ChandlerPrivate investigator Philip Marlowe is called to the home of the wealthy and elderly General Sternwood, in the month of October He wants Marlowe to deal with an attempt by a bookseller named Arthur Geiger to blackmail his wild young daughter, Carmen She had previously been blackmailed by a man named Joe Brody Sternwood mentions his other, older daughter Vivian is in a loveless marriage with a man named Rusty Regan, who has disappeared On Marlowe s way out, Vivian wonders if he was hired to find Regan, but Marlowe will not say 2003 1382 299 201946

  10. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    The 2011 2012 re readA paralyzed millionaire, General Sternwood, hires Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe to have a talk with a blackmailer with his hooks in his daughter But what does his daughter s missing husband, Rusty Regan, have to do with it Marlowe s case will get him entangled in a web of pornography and gambling from which he may never escapeFor the last few years, me and noir detective fiction have gone together as well as strippers and c section scars When the Pulp Ficti The 2011 2012 re readA paralyzed millionaire, General Sternwood, hires Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe to have a talk with a blackmailer with his hooks in his daughter But what does his daughter s missing husband, Rusty Regan, have to do with it Marlowe s case will get him entangled in a web of pornography and gambling from which he may never escapeFor the last few years, me and noir detective fiction have gone together as well as strippers and c section scars When the Pulp Fiction group announced this as it s January group read, I figured it was time to get reacquainted with one of the books that started the genre.I d forgotten most of the book in the past ten years so it was like a completely new one One of the things that grabbed me right away was how poetic Raymond Chandler s prose seems at times I d intended on writing down some of theclever bits but I quickly dropped that idea in favor of letting myself get taken along for the ride.For a lot of today s readers, the plot and Philip Marlowe himself might not seem that original That s because people have been ripping off Raymond Chandler for decades Marlowe is the real deal Now that I ve read a few hundreddetective books since my original reading, I can appreciate how influential Marlowe is as a character The plot is a lotcomplex than it originally seemed I almost wish I didn t know the plot of the Big Leibowski was partly lifted from the Big Sleep I kept picturing characters from the movie while I was reading Hell, the plot is almost inconsequential The atmosphere and language are the real stars of the show.Five stars If you re a fan of noir and haven t read this, drop what you re doing and get started

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